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March 28-April 5, 2015

The NanoDays 2014 digital kit is available for download!

​NanoDays 2015 physical kit applications due December 1st.

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Nano Bite: October 2014

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

INSIDE THIS ISSUE
  • NISE Net News and Announcements - Application for 2015 NanoDays Kit Now Available (Due 12/1), Coming Soon - NISE Net Annual Partner Survey 2014 Invitations
  • Upcoming Events! - 2014 ASTC Conference, Online Brown-Bag Conversations
  • Featured on the Website - Doctor Know Online Game and App for iOS and Android, A Quick Primer on Nano-Related Traveling Exhibits, 2014 National Chemistry Week
  • Partner Highlights - Arizona Science Center Introduces Scale and Nano-Medicine in Mobile Game, The Nano Lab at the Imaginarium Science Center
  • Nano in the News - The Shifting Roles of Museums

NanoDays 2015 physical kit applications available now- due December 1st

Catherine McCarthy

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NanoDays 2015 will be held from March 28 through April 5, 2015. NanoDays is a week of community-based educational outreach events to raise public awareness of nanoscale science, technology and engineering throughout the United States. NanoDays kits are currently in production and will be ready for distribution in early 2015. We invite you to fill out an online application for a physical kit containing all of the materials and resources you need to start planning your community events; applications are due December 1, 2014.

Partner Highlight: Arizona Science Center Introduces Scale and Nano-Medicine in Mobile Game

Frank Kusiak, The Lawrence Hall of Science

'Doctor Know', the Arizona Science Center’s newest mobile game, opens with a vivid, yet darkly humorous, animation about the history of medical diagnosis and treatment. We watch the painful evolution of a “healers” practice from ancient Greece to Medieval times to modern medicine. It concludes by introducing your mission and the game’s scope of learning: you are a doctor and you will diagnose and treat many patients based on available tools and technology. The player learns about the human body’s interconnectedness in regards to health at multiple scales.

Partner Highlight: The Nano Lab at the Imaginarium Science Center, Fort Myers, Florida

Brad Herring, Museum of Life and Science, and Sarah Von Williamsen, Imaginarium Science Center

The Imaginarium Science Center in Fort Myers, Florida was awarded a 2014 NISE Net mini-grant and used the funding to expand and enhance their current nano exhibit, the Nano Lab. This expansion was designed to complement the NISE Net Nano mini-exhibition they received earlier this year and to incorporate additional NISE Net resources into a unique exhibit experience for their visitors.

“The mini-grant allowed us to dedicate exhibit space to an exciting and progressive topic. In the past two years, the number of visitors to our museum has increased significantly. The Nano Lab is one of the changes that we think has contributed to our recent successes.”  - Sarah Von Williamsen, Imaginarium Science Center

Online Brown-Bag: Team-Based Inquiry Stories - NISE Network Partners Share What Works (and What Doesn't!)

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Team-Based Inquiry (TBI) is an approach to empowering professionals to get the data they need, when they need it, in order to improve their products and practices and create successful educational experiences. This year, 20 individuals from 10 NISE Network partner institutions participated in a focused professional development cohort where they learned the TBI process and tried it out in their own institutions. This brown bag is the first in a series of online discussions to help partners better understand what TBI is and how it can be used in any institution and for any type of project or question.

Online Brown-Bag: Exhibit Small Talk - Engaging Various Audiences with the Nano Mini-Exhibition

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

The Nano mini-exhibition was designed to have a very wide reach, with hosts in multiple settings across the United States. Thus, a large part of the development process was dedicated to creating tools to make the exhibition welcoming and accessible to as many people as possible. In this third conversation of the “Exhibits Small Talk” series, we will highlight the resources available from the NISE Net for audience engagement around the Nano mini-exhibition and much more!

Online Brown-Bag: The International Year of Light 2015 - What's Nano about Light?

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Join us for a discussion about the International Year of Light!  In 2013, the United Nations proclaimed 2015 as the International Year of Light (IYL). More than 100 organizations from more than 85 countries are participating in IYL. During this conversation we will share light-related activities and videos developed by the NISE Network. We’ll also discuss scientific organizations that would make great partners for IYL events. 

NISE Net Annual Partner Survey 2014 invitations – coming soon!

Liz Rosino, OMSI

We are excited to announce that this year’s NISE Net Annual Partner Survey will be launching in late October!

This is your opportunity to share your opinions and experiences as a NISE Net Partner.  The survey is an essential component in our ongoing efforts to understand, enhance, and expand the NISE Net partner experience.

International Year of Light 2015

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Thursday, January 1, 2015 to Thursday, December 31, 2015

The International Year of Light and Light-Based Technologies (IYL 2015) is a global initiative that will highlight to the citizens of the world the importance of light and optical technologies in their lives, for their futures, and for the development of society. It is an unique opportunity to inspire, educate, and connect on a global scale.

2014 MRS Fall Meeting

Sunday, November 30, 2014 to Friday, December 5, 2014

There are many NISE Network professional development events being planned for the upcoming MRS Fall Meeting.