The National Informal STEM Education Network (NISE Net) is a community of informal educators and scientists dedicated to supporting learning about science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) across the United States. The Network leads and participates in diverse projects that further our mission.

One page summary of projects:

Funding acknowledgements for each project:

Explore Science Earth & Space logo

Space and Earth Informal STEM Education (SEISE) project

Hands-on STEM public engagement activities and professional development resources about Earth and space science.

Moon NASA LRO image

Moon and Beyond project

A STEM educational game that immerses players in scenarios related to lunar science and exploration.

  • coming in 2020- included in the 2020 Explore Science Earth & Space toolkit

Lets Do Chemistry logo


A research to practice project designed to stimulate interest, sense of relevance, and feelings of self-efficacy about chemistry among public audiences.


Changing Brains logo

Changing Brains

An evolving project of the NISE Network to empower public and professional audiences to experience, talk about, and reflect on personal, community, and societal connections to advancing brain research and related technologies.


Frankenstein logo

Hands-on activities that encourage creativity and reflection about responsible innovation, developed in celebration of the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley's novel Frankenstein.

Building with Biology 

Hands-on activities to create conversations about about the emerging field of synthetic biology and societal implications.

Sustainability in Science and Technology Museums

Sustainable Futures

Supports museums in their efforts to expand their sustainability programming through content-rich trainings, public engagement materials, and other resources.

  • Sustainable Futures (2020) COMING SOON
    A collection of new public programs exploring sustainable futures.

  • SustainABLE kit (2016)
    Activities designed to engage the public in sustainability.


Citizen Science, Civics, and Resilient Communities (CSCRC) 

Through forums and citizen science projects, museums engage the public in active learning and resilience planning around heat waves, sea level rise, extreme precipitation, and drought.


Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network

The Network's nano project created a wide range of educational and professional development materials about nanoscale science, engineering, and technology.


STEM educational products:




Professional resources: