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Newsletter: June 2024

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June 2024     

ACM 2024 NISE Network booth


Association of Children's Museums InterActivity Conference 2024 
It was wonderful to see so many of you at the Association of Children's Museums InterActivity Conference in May in Madison, Wisconsin. We appreciated all those who took the time to stop by the booth, joined us for a session, or found other ways to engage with us throughout the conference. We now have hand-outs and slides available for several NISE Network related sessions, as well as links to flyers, new activities and more that were shared at the booth. Whether or not you were able to join us in person, check out these resources to learn more about our latest opportunities.

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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

• Supersized STEM - All About Planning for Science Festivals and Big STEM Events
Tuesday, July 23, 2024
2-3pm Eastern
Learn more and register

• Making Waves with Radio: Resource Roundup
Tuesday, August 20, 2024
2-3pm Eastern
Learn more and register

• Engaging Hispanic/Latinx Communities - Forming Community Partnerships & the Co-creation Process (Part 1)
Tuesday, September 10, 2024
2-3pm Eastern
Learn more and register

• Engaging Hispanic/Latinx Communities - Resources for Public Engagement (Part 2)
Tuesday, October 8, 2024
2-3pm Eastern
Learn more and register

An elderly woman sits smiling with a tray on her lap. On the tray is a round lump of blue clay that has craters mimicking the surface of the Moon.
A Touchmark resident with their sculpted lunar geology, part of a program hosted by North Dakota's Gateway to Science. 



North Dakota's Gateway to Science uses Explore Science Activities with with Local Retirement Community to Engage the Apollo Generation in the NASA Artemis Mission
North Dakota's Gateway to Science has a partnership with Touchmark on West Century Retirement Community in Bismarck, ND to provide meaningful learning experiences for residents. This partnership started thanks to the Franklin Institute and a Mission2Mars grant. For the retirement community residents this has been an incredible opportunity to not only learn about the Artemis Missions, but to also explore everything that North Dakota's Gateway to Science has to offer. 
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Online Workshop Recordings:

  • Futures Thinking - Exploring Ideas and Developing Skills to Shape Our World
    (recorded on 6-11-24)
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  • Find Your Place in Space - Engaging the Artemis Generation with Activities, Apps and More 
    (recorded on 5-7-24) 
    Learn more
  • Wildfires & Air Quality - Providing a Relevant Portal to Get Audiences Invested in the Conversation
    (recorded on 4-30-24) 
    Learn more 


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Publications on
We have re-organized our publications on our website to make it easier to find what you are looking for. Publications categories include: 1) Externally published journal articles, books, and other professional publications 2) Guides for professional learning, and 3) Evaluation reports and research studies.
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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:



NASA's Universe of Learning Funding Opportunity
Competitive funding from the Universe of Learning's Informal Learning Network, a partnership with the Association of Science & Technology Centers and Smithsonian Affiliates, aims to reduce barriers to participation and expand access to scientific knowledge about the universe. Due August 1st.
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NASA TEAM II Funding Opportunity
Next Gen STEM’s Teams Engaging Affiliated Museums and Informal Institutions (TEAM II) program is pleased to announce an upcoming FY2024 Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) that will expand the current program from a two-tier to a three-tier system by adding a mid-level funding tier. The NOFO is expected to be released in the third quarter of FY2024. The new mid-level funding tier was created in response to feedback from the informal education community.
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New Resources to Support Equitably Scaling Informal STEM Programs
The NGCP, Education Development Center, and a wide range of collaborators from across informal STEM education have developed a set of resources for those interested in equitably scaling informal STEM learning programs and curricula. These products are a result of the Advancing the Conversation on Scaling National Informal STEM Programs conference, funded by the National Science Foundation.
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On-the-Spot Feedback Guide -  Communication Strategies for Scientists
A group of science communication practitioners, trainers and researchers that recently completed an NSF-funded project titled On-the-Spot Feedback that provides strategies and resources for science communicators to develop and improve their skills during their public engagements. A webinar is being offered August 15, 2024, 3pm-4:15pm Eastern via Zoom.
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Interested in one of our exhibitions?
There’s a waiting list for that!
If you are interested in hosting the Nano exhibition, or the Sun, Earth, Universe exhibition, please reach out to Christina Leavell, NISE Network Community Manager, to be added to a waiting list.
Contact us



In a stroke of science communication genius with dramatic STEM storytelling, Illinois Park employees dressed up and acted out the life cycle of the 17-year cicada in this fun-filled viral video.

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NISE Network resources: 

• Theater and stage program resources


Scientists studying aging and memory have been looking at a subset of people they call “super-agers.” These individuals are over 80 years old, but they have the memory ability of a person 20 to 30 years younger

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NISE Network resources: 

• Brain and neuroscience resources


Southern California gets ready to fight mosquito season — by releasing sterile male mosquitoes resulting in eggs that won’t hatch.

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NISE Network resources: 

• Should We Engineer the Mosquito? forum

• Genetics resources

• Health resources


A team of scientists have learned more about how Promethium bonds with other atoms in a solution with water. Discovered in 1945, the element Promethium is a radioactive rare earth element named after the Titan who stole fire from the gods in Greek mythology.

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NISE Network resources: 

• Chemistry resources


NASA is measuring moonquakes to better understand the Moon's internal activity and structure. What they learn will offer insights into how the moon—as well as rocky planets like Mars and Earth have formed and evolved. 

Learn more

NISE Network resources: 

• Moonquakes activity

• Moon Adventure Game

• Moon resources


There has been a recent rise in GPS jamming and spoofing around the world raising fears of an increased risk of accidents if planes veer off-course. Global Positioning System (GPS), is a network of satellites and receiving devices used for positioning, navigation and timing on Earth in everything from ships and planes to cars

Learn more

NISE Network resources: 

• Making Waves with Radio kit

• Electromagnetic spectrum 


The Yale Program on Climate Change Communication has released new maps and factsheets that include measures of public climate change knowledge, attitudes, policy support, and behavior for each county in the US.  The online tool allows you to tailor-make your own factsheet in English or Spanish by selecting the geographic location and the specific measures you’re interested in. 

Learn more

NISE Network resources: 

• Climate change 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 (VSA) Conference 2024, July 16-18, 2024, Saint Paul, Minnesota
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  • ASTC Conference, September 27 - October 1, 2024, Chicago, Illinois
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  • Association of Children's Museums (ACM) InterActivity, May 14-16, 2025, Albuquerque. New Mexico
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  • REVISE conference calendar
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  • National Science Teaching Association (NSTA) Conferences
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