NISE Network Blog

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Christian Wong, Executive Director, Hawaii Science and Technology Museum
The Hawaii Science and Technology Museum wanted to share our current and upcoming activities with all of you. Needless to say this is going to be an incredibly challenging school year as we deal with the effects of COVID-19 and how it has affected our society, economy, and educational infrastructure. We feel a duty to continue to serve Hawaii Island as best we can through our various educational and research programs and partnerships.
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Christina Leavell, Science Museum of Minnesota
With 472,900 square feet of space and 120,000 artifacts, re-opening the world’s largest children’s museum during a pandemic may seem next to impossible. Nonetheless, the intrepid staff of the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis did just that in July 2020. Currently, they are still going strong, and a quick look at their website can provide us all with some simple strategies to facilitate bringing audiences back through their doors.
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Ali Jackson, Sciencenter
This summer marks the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). To honor 30 years of progress in access and inclusion, the NISE Network takes a moment to highlight efforts we've made to engage our audiences without discrimination, and look forward toward continuing this work together as a Network.
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Libby Dotson, Center for Global Women's Health Technologies, Duke University and Max Cawley, Museum of Life and Science

This Partner Highlight is written in both Spanish and English

Está claro que la pandemia de 2020 causada por el nuevo coronavirus presenta un serio desafío para una comunicación científica efectiva: las comunidades de todo el mundo necesitan información científica...

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Frank Kusiak, UC Berkeley, Lawrence Hall of Science

If you’ve heard of any product that uses nanotechnology to help fight the novel coronavirus in some way, you might want some help explaining how it works to your visitors. Nanotechnology has helped in many ways when fighting COVID-19 from...

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Sciencenter Mask Policy
Museum of Life and Science, Museum of Science, and Sciencenter
Now that many museums and science centers are beginning to reopen with new Covid-19 protocols in place, their front line staff are learning to identify and deal with visitor situations that may require staff involvement and/or de-escalation, such as with visitors who do not physically distance themselves from others or refuse to wear a mask.
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Catherine McCarthy, Science Museum of Minnesota

Revised August 4, 2020

We know many NISE Network partners have canceled public events and temporarily closed facilities in order to slow the spread of Coronavirus COVID-19 and protect your communities. At this time, we want you to know that the safety of your...

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Catherine McCarthy, Arizona State University

We hope that you, your friends, family, and colleagues are all staying well. We know many of us are being affected by COVID-19 and the economic downturn. We are inspired by the outpouring of creativity and hard work as we hear...

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Tish Bresee, Kopernik Observatory and Kayla Berry, Museum of Science
Although New York announced that summer day camps can be conducted onsite, Kopernik Observatory & Science Center decided to instead host a series of eight different online summer STEM camps that children will be able to enjoy from the safety and comfort of their own home. 
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Catherine McCarthy, Arizona State University
We have recently learned about several copies of the Nano mini-exhibition that are looking for new homes. The NISE Network distributed 93 copies of these small-footprint 400 square-foot interactive exhibitions across the United States in 2013-2014. We currently keep waiting lists for museums and similar locations interested in owning a used copy of the exhibition.