The NISE Network generates, develops, implements, and collaborates on projects that strengthen informal STEM learning in communities across the United States.
NISE Network projects and partners bring people together to engage in STEM, understand our world, and build a better future for everyone.
One page summary of projects
A quick summary of NISE Network projects and opportunities (revised 4-11-23) is available for download.
The NISE Network's affiliated projects are generously supported by the our funders. Without their vital support these efforts would not be possible. We sincerely thank our funders for their generous support.
Our funding sources and disclaimers are available on our Project Funding Acknowledgements Page
Engaging Hispanic Communities Initiative
A suite of culturally relevant bilingual Spanish-English materials based on NASA assets to engage Hispanic families in learning about NASA science
Through two complementary NASA-funded projects, the NISE Network will increase the capacity of informal educators to engage Hispanic communities across the United States in learning about NASA science through the use of culturally relevant bilingual Spanish-English materials based on NASA assets.
Making Waves With Radio
Hands-on activities, mobile apps, and camp curriculum to support informal educators engaging public audiences on the science, technologies, and societal implications behind radio wave communications
Voyage through the Solar System
Toolkit of hands-on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) activities based on NASA's continuing pursuit of human exploration of the Moon and Mars and a mobile app that launches users further into the solar system.
- DIY Sun Science App
- Voyage through the Solar System kit (applications due May 15, 2023)
An evolving project to empower public and professional audiences to experience, talk about, and reflect on personal, community, and societal connections of brain research and related technologies
STEM Learning Ecosystems
Principles and practices for community-wide partnerships that center equity and create opportunities for authentic STEM learning.
Space and Earth Informal STEM Education (SEISE)
STEM engagement materials and professional resources exploring authentic Earth and space science. The SEISE project has developed Explore Science: Earth & Space toolkits and Sun, Earth Universe exhibitions and provides related professional development.
Explore Science: Earth & Space toolkits Hands-on activities and professional resources
Sun, Earth, Universe exhibition for museums
- Making Earth & Space Science More Relevant and Inclusive resources
Moon Adventure Game project
STEM educational game that immerses players in scenarios related to lunar science and exploration
Build a Mars Habitat
Hands-on exhibit component exploring how humans will survive and thrive on Mars
COMING IN 2023! The component will be added to the 52 copies of the Sun, Earth, Universe exhibition located throughout the United States
Sustainability in Science and Technology Museums
Years: 2016-2017 and 2019-2022
Public programs, hands-on activities, professional resources, and a fellowship program for museum professionals, all related to sustainability science and practice
- Sustainability resources for professionals at museums and cultural organizations
- Sustainable Futures collection of public programs
- SustainABLE kit of hands-on activities
Citizen Science, Civics, and Resilient Communities
Forums and citizen science projects about resilience planning related to heat waves, sea level rise, extreme precipitation, and drought
- Climate Hazard Resilience Forum: Drought
- Climate Hazard Resilience Forum: Extreme Heat
- Climate Hazard Resilience Forum: Extreme Precipitation
- Climate Hazard Resilience Forum: Sea Level Rise
Hands-on activities and professional resources about chemistry
Howtosmile At-Home Activities
NISE Network partner museums creating a new At-Home Activities Framework and a collection of over 300 at-home activities to help museums engage their communities virtually.
Hands-on activities and professional resources about responsible research and innovation, developed in celebration of the 200th anniversary of the publication of the novel Frankenstein
Building with Biology
Hands-on activities and professional resources to encourage conversation about synthetic biology
- Building with Biology kit of activities and related resources
Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network
STEM engagement materials and professional development resources about nanoscale science, engineering, and technology. This large project developed NanoDays kits, Zoom into Nano kits, the nano mini-exhibition, and many other resources.
- NanoDays kits (2009-2016) with public programs, hands-on activities, media, and professional resources
- NanoDays Collection Book
Museum & Community Partnerships
- Explore Science – Zoom into Nano kits (2016) with resources to foster partnerships and programming among museums and youth-serving organizations
- Museum & Community Partnerships: Collaboration Guide
Nano Mini-Exhibition for museums
- Professional development for educators and scientists