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Newsletter: July 2022

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Webb JWST First Images Southern Ring Nebula Credits NASA, ESA, CSA, and STScI
James Webb Space Telescope image of the Southern Ring Nebula
Credits: NASA, ESA, CSA, and STScI

Webb Space Telescope First Images

The newly released James Webb Space Telescope images are spectacular! You can learn more about these first images including the side-by-side image above of the Southern Ring Nebula at
You can find a compilation of resources for engaging the public at:

Join us Tuesday August 2, 2022 at 2pm Eastern for an online workshop to learn more about how you can engage the public in new discoveries. 
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Two young learners using the DIY Sun Science app

New Version of the DIY Sun Science App Available! 

From designing a UV detector to tracking solar storms, DIY Sun Science for the iPad and iPhone lets anyone, anywhere investigate the Sun with easy, low-cost, and fun hands-on activities. This popular, free app has now been updated with the addition of two new activities and a complete Spanish translation. PDF versions of hands-on activities are also available for download in both English and Spanish.
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Brain Congressional briefing neuroethics and STEM public engagement June2022 slide screnschot.

NISE Network Changing Brains Team Members Present at Congressional BRAIN Initiative Briefing on Neuroethics 

Jayatri Das (Chief Bioscientist at The Franklin Institute) and Claire Weichselbaum (Barbara Gill Civic Science Fellow at Arizona State University) recently gave an interactive presentation as part of the Congressional BRAIN Initiative Briefing on the importance of neuroethics. The presentation includes a short poll activity giving a taste of some of the content the NISE Network Changing Brains project team is working on. 
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Online Workshops
The NISE Network hosts free online workshops as professional development opportunities for our partners to share with and learn from each other. Online workshops take place on select Tuesdays at 2pm-3pm Eastern. View upcoming online workshops at

• July 19, 2022
ools for Engaging Communities and Incorporating Diversity, Equity, Access, and Inclusion Practices
In this online workshop, we will explore the Diversity, Equity, Access, and Inclusion (DEAI) tools and resources that the NISE Network and other organizations have to offer, alongside stories of this work from members of the Making Earth & Space Relevant and Inclusive Professional Learning Community. 
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• August 2, 2022
Webb Space Telescope First Images - How to Engage Audiences with New Discoveries
The James Webb Space Telescope (Webb) launched in December 2021 and has arrived at its final destination, about 1 million miles (1.5 million kilometers) from Earth. Now that the first full-color images have been shared, what new discoveries can we expect? Join us for this online workshop to learn more about the first images and data captured by Webb. We will be joined by members of the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI), who will provide information about the images as well as connections to public engagement activities.

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Children and adults using NanodDays Hands-on Sunblock  activity from a past NanoDays event at Highland Road Park Observatory in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

NanoDays Activities and Solar Viewing at the 13th Annual NanoDays Event at Highland Road Park Observatory in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

For the thirteenth consecutive year at Highland Road Park Observatory in Baton Rouge, LA, big things in the Universe took a backseat to all things tiny!
Dr. Juana Moreno and her colleagues from Louisiana State University Department of Physics & Astronomy returned to the observatory for another public celebration of nanotechnology in spring 2022. 

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Visitor Checks out a vaccine antibody activity with volunteers and a Lawrence staff member facilitating.

Vaccine Confidence Resources from The Lawrence Hall of Science in Berkeley, California

Staff from the Lawrence Hall of Science worked with public health scientists and community partners to design activities to boost vaccine confidence in families with young children. Some activities were adapted from NISE Network resources, and detailed activity guides and materials are available online from Lawrence hall of Science for educators to adapt and use freely. 
Read more and learn about these new activities 



Looking for an easy way to discover resources on the website?
Check out our “Browse by Themes and Topics,” featuring curated collections of hands-on activities and resources by themes and STEM topics:

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Recorded NISE Network online workshops
View the recordings and resources from recent NISE Net online workshops:

  • Earth and Space Resource Roundup - an Overview of All the NISE Network has to Offer (recorded 5/3/2022) View the recording
  • Communicating Climate Change to Diverse Audiences (recorded 4/5/2022) View the recording


Verizon Innovative Learning HQ Institutions Selected
Verizon and NYC MediaLab announced the selected museums and cultural institutions that will develop and offer new immersive educational content available to all educators on the Verizon Innovative Learning HQ portal. Nine institutions were selected including: the Children’s Creativity Museum, San Francisco, CA; Liberty Science Center, Jersey City, NJ; and Providence Children’s Museum, Providence, RI.
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New Project to Spark Hispanic Communities’ Interest with Earth and Space Science
NASA has selected the Museum of Life and Science in Durham, NC to lead a project to co-create, distribute, and implement programs and materials to engage Spanish-speaking communities in learning about Earth and space science. The project will also include professional development opportunities and resources nationwide through the NISE Network.
Learn more 

NASA GLOBE Observer Challenge:  Land Cover in a Changing Climate

Globe Observer app on iPhone

You are invited to participate in a data collection challenge July 26 - August 26 to take photos of the landscape around you using the GLOBE Observer App Land Cover tool. 
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NASA Artemis I Resources
Artemis I will be an uncrewed flight test taking place in 2022 that will provide a foundation for human deep space exploration. Learn how you can participate: 

Astrobiology Graphic Novel Available for Download 
Biosignatures is a new issue in NASA’s Astrobiology graphic novel series. This issue explores what astrobiologists are actually looking for when they search for life.
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We Can Do This logo about COVID-19 vaccines for the US

COVID-19 Coronavirus and Vaccine Resources 
NISE Network continues to compile resources as the situation continues to evolve:




In the new movie Jurassic World, the scientists still haven’t learned that just because you can, doesn’t mean you should. Real-world genetic engineers can learn from the cautionary tale.
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NISE Network resources:

• Building with Biology kit


Look Who's Driving! As self-driving cars take to the streets, investigate how they work and how safe they are. After years of anticipation, autonomous vehicles are now being tested on public roads around the world. Watch NOVA “Look Who's Driving” videos on different aspects of self-driving cars.
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NISE Network resources that can be applied to other emerging technologies: 

• Nanotechnology and Society Guide 
• Nanotechnology and Society Training Materials


New material offers a remarkable combination of toughness and stretchinessThe new materials fall under the broader category of ionogels, which are polymer networks that contain salts that are liquid at room temperature.
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NISE Network resources: 

• Exploring Materials - Hydrogel activity


Chemists harness the power of the sun to upcycle plastic waste. Light, oxygen and a catalyst are used to convert polystyrene plastic into benzoic acid.
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NISE Network resources: 

• Sustainability resources



New gel used to protect eggs from damage may one day protect human heads.
Humpty Dumpty, the famous egg of nursery rhyme fame, fell off a wall and couldn't be put back together again. But if he'd worn a protective jacket made of gelatin and cornstarch, he could have stayed intact.

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NISE Network resources: 

• Liquid Body Armor activity

• Liquid Armor Mr. O video

• Exploring Materials - Oobleck activity 


Nearly every aspect of our lives is fundamentally tied to the land on which we live. Documenting what is on the land (land cover) is important for many areas of critical science studied by NASA scientists and others, including hazard analysis for floods, fires and landslides, mapping wildlife habitat, and tracking the impacts of climate change.
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NASA resources: 

• Globe Observer Land Cover App

NISE Network resources: 

• Exploring Earth: Land Cover activity

• Climate change resources

• Water resources



Discover activity ideas for incorporating current science, engineering, and technology content into events, special programming, holidays, and seasonal activities by visiting:






  • Visitor Studies Association Conference, July 12-14, 2022, Omaha

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  • ASTC Conference, September 12-15, 2022, Pittsburgh 

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  • CAISE conference calendar

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  • National Science Teaching Association (NSTA) Conferences

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