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.

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

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March 26-April 3, 2016

The NanoDays 2015 digital kit and other prior kits are available for download!  The Network is no longer creating new NanoDays kits.



Featured News

NISE Network is Transitioning to the National Informal STEM Education Network

Larry Bell, Museum of Science; Paul Martin, Science Museum of Minnesota; and Rae Ostman, Arizona State University

Dear NISE Net Participants and Supporters,

Thank you for all the great work you have done over the past decade. It has opened up totally new possibilities for the decade ahead. We are excited to let you know that with the completion of NSF funding for the Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network, and the soon-to-be-announced NASA-funded Space and Earth Informal STEM Education project, the NISE Network is transitioning to a new, ongoing identity as the National Informal STEM Education Network! While we'll still be known as the NISE Net, network partners will now engage audiences across the United States in a range of STEM topics. Several new projects are already underway and others are in discussion for the future.

Nano Bite: February 2016

Welcome to the February Nano Bite, the monthly e-newsletter for the Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network (NISE Net) and community.


  • Community News - National Informal STEM Education (NISE) Network transition update, Building with Biology prepares for Summer 2016 events and conversations, Museum & Community Partnerships Explore Science - Zoom into Nano kits shipping out
  • Upcoming Events - NanoDays 2016 taking place March 26 - April 3: Keep engaging public audiences in nanoscale science, engineering and technology, Upcoming Association of Children's Museums (ACM) Interactivity 2016
  • Featured on the Website - Exhibitionist Journal article - Nano: Creating an Exhibition that is Inclusive of Multiple and Diverse Audiences, Nano Spot graphic labels, Carbon Bonds: Clarifying Confusion with the "Build a Giant Carbon Nanotube" model in the Nano exhibition
  • Featured Findings - NanoDays public reach: How even the smallest partner contributions lead to big Network impacts
  • Science in the News - [Nano News] Nanotechnology: super small science, Rice University develops conductive graphene composite material to heat surfaces, simplify ice removal [Synthetic Biology News] Zika virus set to spread across Americas, spurring vaccine hunt, God, malaria, and wolverine claws: Colbert talks CRISPR with George Church
  • Nano Throughout the Year

NanoDays Public Reach: How Even the Smallest Partner Contributions Lead to Big Network Impacts

Kayla Berry and Elizabeth Kollman, Museum of Science; Gina Svarovsky, University of Notre Dame
NanoDays 2015

Since its inception in 2005, the NISE Network has developed a wide range of activities, programs, and exhibits for public audiences that have been implemented within over 500 institutions across the country. Two of the Network’s largest educational products are NanoDays and the Nano Exhibition. Understanding the expansive public reach of the Network has long been a focus for the NISE Network Evaluation Team. Recently, the NISE Net Evaluation Team summarized the results of this work in the Public Reach Estimations for the NISE Network Summative Evaluation Report, where it is stated that through events and kit material use throughout the year, NanoDays is estimated to have reached over 7.1 million people from 2008 – 2015. Since 2014, the Evaluation Team estimates that this translates into an annual reach of over 1 million people annually. But wait, there’s more!

Museum & Community Partnerships Explore Science - Zoom into Nano kits shipping out

KC Miller
Explore Science - Zoom into Nano kits being prepared for shipment

Museum & Community Partnerships Explore Science - Zoom into Nano kits shipping to 100 NISE Network partners!


Digital Materials Now Available
If you are not receiving a physical Explore Science kit, we do have the kit materials and collaborative guide available online.

Enjoy your kits and your new partnerships! 

 Learn more about the Museum & Community Partnerships project:

Summary flyer describing new opportunities for Network partners

Catherine McCarthy, Science Museum of Minnesota
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At the October 2015 ASTC Conference, the NISE Network distributed a one-page summary of all the new upcoming opportunities for new and existing NISE Network partners including:

A summary is provided below as well as a downloadable PDF.  

Building with Biology

A new opportunity for new and existing NISE Network partners:

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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.