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 Fabrication - Gummy Capsules" (NanoDays 12, 13) short activity

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March 26-April 3, 2015

The NanoDays 2015 digital kit is available for download!  



Featured News

Museum & Community Partnerships

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The NISE Network is pleased to make available a limited number of Museum & Community Partnerships “Explore Science” kits designed to facilitate outreach and collaborations.  The Network will provide kits to up to 100 NISE Network partner institutions that apply and meet eligibility requirements (see below) and are selected through a competitive review process.​

ASTC Annual Conference 2015

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Wednesday, October 14, 2015 to Saturday, October 17, 2015

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

Nano Bite: October 2015

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


  • Community News - NISE Network Director and Partner Awarded ASTC 2015 Leading Edge Award for Leadership in the Field (Nonexecutive Leadership), Apply Now for the Free "Explore Science" Kit, Building with Biology - Express Your Interest in Participation Today!
  • Upcoming Events - Bonjour, ASTC Annual Conference 2015, Recent Online Brown-Bag Conversations, Public Engagement at Science Museums: Building with Biology Case Study Online Discussion
  • Featured on the Website - Pow! Zap! Crash! Nano? - How to Incorporate Nanoscience Content an Amazing Superhero Science Event, Creating Successful Collaborations: Museums and Community Partnerships, National Chemistry Week
  • Partner Highlight - OMSI and Chicas Youth Development Program: A Bilingual, Bicultural Collaboration Model
  • Science in the News - $81 Million to Support New National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure (NNCI)

Partner Highlight: Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) and Chicas Youth Development Program: A Bilingual, Bicultural Collaboration Model

Veronika Nunez, OMSI

The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) has a history of fruitful collaboration with one of the most focused and dedicated local community organizations providing support to Latina girls and women in the state of Oregon: Adelante Mujeres. Adelante Mujeres, through the Chicas Youth Development Program (one of their many programs), helps participants to develop their potential as community leaders, adopt a healthy lifestyle, develop their cultural identity, and achieve academic success in their education, from school to their enrollment in college. Over the past few years, OMSI and Chicas Youth Development Program have collaborated in various ways, including OMSI’s participation during their STEM summer camp week.

Larry Bell and Marilyn Johnson both win ASTC Leading Edge Award for Leadership in the Field

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Larry Bell and Marilyn Johnson

Many congratulations to Larry Bell and Marilyn Johnson - the 2015 recipients of the ASTC Leading Edge Award for Leadership in the Field (Nonexecutive Leadership). 

As senior vice president for strategic initiatives at the Museum of Science in Boston, Massachusetts, Larry has tirelessly served at the NISE Network's PI for the last 10 years. Our longterm collaborator Marilyn has just recently retired after nearly 20 years with OSMI in Portland, Oregon. 

Pow! Zap! Crash! Nano? – How to incorporate nanoscience content into an amazing Superhero Science event!

Christina Akers
superheroes at Science Museum of Minnesota

Little Shop of Nano...

If you’re not familiar with the film or Broadway show, “Little Shop of Horrors,” you may not realize what happens when you feed and nurture a strange plant that ultimately grows, well…beyond needing you. The rest of the plot of this classic tale is irrelevant, but the idea of nurturing something until it can stand on its own without your care and attention is not…

Online Brown-Bag: Planning a Museum and Community Partnership Project (Recorded)

NISE Net Online Brown-Bag Conversation
Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Join this conversation for an introduction to NISE Net’s new Museum and Community Partnerships project, which will support efforts by Network partners to develop or improve existing partnerships with local community-based organizations. Through these partnerships, museums will be able to extend their reach to underserved audiences and help community organizations provide high-quality STEM learning experiences to their audiences.