The NISE Network is a national community of researchers and informal science educators dedicated to fostering public awareness, engagement, and understanding of nanoscale science, engineering, and technology. is an online digital library of public nano educational products and tools designed for educators and scientists.

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March 28-April 5, 2015

The NanoDays 2014 digital kit is now available for download!


Featured News

Recent changes to the website

Catherine McCarthy

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We have recently made some major improvements to the website. The new site features all the same popular content from the existing website but with a fresh new look, much faster load times, and improved content filtering. All of these changes will make it easier than ever for visitors to find exactly what they’re looking for.

We’ve been listening to your feedback and we think you’ll like what you see.

2015 Mini-Grant Application Opens August 1, 2015! (Applications Due October 1, 2014)

Christina Akers

What’s a mini-grant?

The NISE Network is making available a limited number of small, one-time awards to support initiatives by NISE Net partners to engage their local audiences in nanoscale science, engineering, and technology topics. Requests can be made for an award up to $3,000 dollars to fund a small project or be put towards a larger endeavor.

Program Overview

Nano Bite: July 2014

Stay Connected! Learn about new events and resources by reading the latest issue of the Nano Bite, the monthly e-newsletter for the Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network (NISE Net).

NISE Net: The Biggest Story in the Smallest Presentation!

Larry Bell

Paul Martin and I recently presented the accomplishments and capabilities of the NISE Network at the "reverse site visit" at NSF on June 9th. With a room full of program officers and heads of two NSF directorates, the NISE Net story was condensed into a 20 minute presentation that highlighted the Network's reach and focused on the overarching themes of building collaborations, engaging the public, and increasing the capacity of our partners.

Online Brown-Bag: Tips and Tricks for Engaging Girls in Museum Programming

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Join NISE Net partners for a conversation on how to better engage girls in museum programing! Presenters will share lessons learned, resources from PBS programing SciGirls and NSF funded Girls RISE (Raising Interest in Science and Engineering) Museum Network, and some specific tips and tricks to better engage girls in upcoming NanoDays 2015 activities.

Partner Highlight: Mission: Nano

Aaron Guerro, Children's Museum of Houston and Ennio Tasciotti, Houston Methodist Research Institute

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to play the Mission: Nano game.

Funded by a NISE Network mini-grant, the Houston Methodist Research Institute (HMRI) and Rice University's Center for Technology in Teaching and Learning (CTTL) in Houston, TX partnered to develop a nanotechnology-based multimedia game app.  The product, Mission: Nano, educates players about uses of nanotechnology in medicine and inspires them to consider careers in the STEM sectors.

Online Brown-Bag: Exhibit Small Talk - Tips for Hosting the Nano Mini-Exhibition: Marketing Strategies

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Second in a series of brown bags about the Nano mini-exhibition, we will be discussing strategies for marketing the Nano mini-exhibition. We will go over promotional materials developed by the NISE Network for the exhibit. We will review the development process, and provide ideas on adapting these resources for use by your museum. We will also show examples from partners who have adapted NISE Network materials for use in their Nano advertising.

ASTC Annual Conference 2014

Friday, October 17, 2014 to Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Please plan ahead to arrive in time to attend the free NISE Network Reception Special Event at the Museum of Life and Science in Durham: Friday, October 17, 2014: 4:00 PM-7:00 PM