Space and Earth Informal STEM Education (SEISE) project

Project overview

The Space and Earth Informal STEM Education (SEISE) project is raising the capacity of museums and informal science educators to engage the public in Heliophysics, Earth Science, Planetary Science, and Astrophysics, and their social dimensions through the National Informal STEM Education Network (NISE Net). SEISE is creating hands-on activity toolkits (250 toolkits per year over four years), small footprint exhibitions (50 identical copies), and professional development opportunities (including online workshops).  

Explore Science: Earth & Space logo

SEISE is one of 27 projects from across the United States selected by the NASA Science Mission Directorate (SMD) for cooperative agreements totaling $42 million. These SciAct Collaborative projects are working together to implement a new strategic approach to engaging learners of all ages in NASA science education programs and activities. SciAct Collaborative projects support learning about Heliophysics, Earth Science, Planetary Science, and Astrophysics. Collaborative goals include enabling STEM education, improving U.S. scientific literacy, advancing national educational goals, and leveraging science activities through partnerships.

To view a list of the 27 selected organizations, along with an introductory video visit:

Learn more about the NASA Science Activation projects and resources:

Opportunities for NISE Network Partners

Earth space toolkit activity

Both new and existing NISE Network museum partners located in the United States are invited to participate in SEISE project activities. Toolkits and exhibitions will be available to informal learning organizations through a competitive application process. Opportunities include:



  • Online professional development workshops for informal science educators

Online applications will be made available for each opportunity as the project progresses. Watch the NISE Network newsletter for more details.

toolkits 2017 2018 2019 awards map

Physical toolkits

  • Applications:
    Physical Explore Science: Earth & Space toolkits are awarded through a competitive application process.

    Explore Science: Earth & Space 2020 toolkits
    350 physical kits will be awarded: - applications due November 1, 2019 
    Learn more about the application process

Digital toolkits 

Digital versions of toolkits are available as a free download:


  • Activities are designed for use in children’s museums, science centers, science museums, public planetariums and observatories, and NASA visitor centers in the United States.

  • Activities are designed for family audiences with a range of experiences appropriate for visitors ages 4 through adult. 

Development Process

Learn more about the NISE Network development process


  • 2016: project planning and development
  • 2017: 250 copies of the 2017 toolkits shipped, corresponding online professional development workshops
  • 2018: 250 copies of the 2018 toolkits shipped, corresponding online professional development workshop, first set of exhibition copies shipped
  • 2019: 350 copies of the 2019 toolkits shipped, corresponding online professional development workshops, remaining set of exhibition copies shipped
  • 2020: 350 copies of the 2020 toolkits shipped, corresponding online professional development workshops

Project partners

The project is led by Arizona State University (Tempe, AZ), in collaboration with Science Museum of Minnesota (Saint Paul, MN), Children's Creativity Museum (San Francisco), and the Museum of Science (Boston, MA). 

Project team members and advisors include:

  • Afterschool Alliance, Washington, DC
  • Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
  • Astronomical Society of the Pacific, San Francisco, CA
  • Children's Creativity Museum, San Francisco, CA
  • Children’s Museum of Houston, Houston, TX
  • Emily Maletz Graphic Design, Portland, OR
  • The Franklin Institute, Philadelphia, PA
  • Museum of Life and Science, Durham, NC
  • Museum of Science, Boston, MA
  • National Girls Collaborative Project, Seattle, WA
  • Science Museum of Minnesota, Saint Paul, MN
  • Sciencenter, Ithaca, NY
  • Space Sciences Institute, San Francisco, CA
  • University of California Berkeley, CA
  • University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN

Partnerships include:

  • Association of Children’s Museums (ACM)
  • Center for Advancement of Informal Science Education (CAISE)
  • Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) members
  • Museum Alliance (JPL)
  • NASA visitor centers
  • STAR Library Education Network (Star_Net) / Space Science Institute
  • Visitor Studies Association (VSA)

Local partnerships may include:

  • Museums
  • Planetariums
  • K-12 schools and teachers
  • University researchers and students
  • Amateur astronomers
  • Out-of-school time programs
  • Libraries
  • Community organizations

Recipients of Explore Science: Earth & Space physical toolkits: 

The following NISE Network partner organizations were awarded physical Explore Science: Earth & Space toolkits: 


This material is based upon work supported by NASA under cooperative agreement award numbers NNX16AC67A and 80NSSC18M0061. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).