The National Informal STEM Education Network (NISE Network) is a national community of informal educators and scientists dedicated to fostering public awareness, engagement, and understanding of current science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). is an online digital library of public educational products and tools designed for educators and scientists. 

"Exploring Structures - Butterfly" (NanoDays 2012) short activity

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The NanoDays Collection book, a compendium of all NanoDays activities and resources is now available!

The NanoDays 2015 digital kit and other prior kits are available for download!  Next NanoDays events: March 25-April 2, 2017


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"NanoDays Collection" printed book shipped to active NISE Network partners in the US

Catherine McCarthy, Science Museum of Minnesota
NanoDays Collection compendium cover

The NISE Network will soon be shipping a box of printed and digital materials to selected active NISE Network partner museums and universities located in the United States.The NISE Network leadership wants to thank partner organizations for your involvement with the Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network (NISE Net) and for all your efforts to engage public audiences in nanoscale science, engineering, and technology over the past years. We are pleased to share a compendium of all the NanoDays activities developed over the past ten years. For most partner organizations, we are only mailing one box, so please share these resources with your colleagues and local collaborators.

Newsletter: June 2016

Welcome to the June e-newsletter for the National Informal STEM Education (NISE) Network and community.


  • Community News - NISE Network partner honored with 2016 Nancy Hanks Award, Building with Biology news and updates, "NanoDays Collection" printed book shipping soon to active NISE Network partners, Recap from the Association of Children's Museums (ACM) Interactivity 2016, National Informal STEM Education (NISE) Network transition 
  • Upcoming Events - Upcoming online workshops: Staying connected to the Network and community
  • Featured on the Website - Sharing Science Workshop & Practicum gets researchers quickly up to speed with family audiences; "NanoDays Collection" digital download now online; DIY Nano Book; NanoDays: A NISE Network Guide to Creating Activity Kits, Building Communities, and Inspiring Learning; Program Development: A NISE Network Guide to Creating Effective Learning Experiences for Public Audiences; Final gathering of the Center for Nanotechnology in Society (CNS) 
  • Partner Highlight - Center for Nanotechnology in Society, Arizona State University
  • Science in the News - Nanoparticles in baby formula: should parents be worried?, Biological programming, NASA's Kepler mission announces largest collection of planets ever discovered, SpaceX makes fourth successful rocket landing
  • Nano Throughout the Year - World Oceans Day (June 8), Sun and Sand, Summer Camp

Building with Biology physical kits ship this week!

KC Miller, Science Museum of Minnesota
Building with Biology kit at warehouse

We are putting the finishing touches on the kits now, and they will be on their way to you this week (week of June 1, 2016)! These kits are the product of a lot of hard work by leading institutions in the fields of informal science education, science communication, and research. We are so excited to get these activities in your hands for outreach in your community. 

Partner Highlight: Center for Nanotechnology in Society, Arizona State University

Deron Ash, Arizona State University
Center for Nanotechnology in Society, Arizona State University

In 2005, the National Science Foundation simultaneously announced funding both for NISE Net and the Center for Nanotechnology in Society at Arizona State University (CNS-ASU). Up to that point, the two proposed projects weren’t aware of each other, but after a few email exchanges and phone calls, Principal Investigators Larry Bell (NISE Net) and David Guston (CNS-ASU) initiated what would turn into many years of productive work together. CNS-ASU ideas have been incorporated into many NISE Net educational products, and so are integral to the public engagement work of many NISE Net partners.

ASTC Annual Conference 2016

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Thursday, September 22, 2016 to Tuesday, September 27, 2016

The NISE Network will have many activities and professional development opportunities at the Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) annual conference:


New Space and Earth Informal STEM Education project announced!

Catherine McCarthy, Science Museum of Minnesota
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We are pleased to announce the National Informal STEM Education Network (NISE Net) has been selected for five years of funding by NASA Science Mission Directorate to implement the Space and Earth Informal STEM Education (SEISE) project.

Building with Biology


The purpose of the Building with Biology project is to create conversations in museums among scientists and public audiences about the emerging field of synthetic biology and its societal implications.