The NISE Network creates educational products for a wide range of public audiences in informal learning settings. The NISE Network also creates a variety of professional development materials for scientists and educators to raise their capacity to engage the public in nanoscale science, engineering, and technology.
Inclusive Audiences Approach
The NISE Network seeks to increase professional and institutional capacity to effectively engage underserved and underrepresented audiences, including girls, bilingual audiences, and persons with disabilities, in informal learning experiences related to nanoscale science and technology.
The NISE Net strives to reach a diverse audience with regard to geography, dis/ability, gender, race/ethnicity, language and income. Some examples of this work include:
- Geography: building partnerships with existing regional networks and other informal learning organizations that serve rural areas
- Dis/Abilities: using Universal Design principles when designing programs and exhibits, making video materials more accessible through the use of video captions, and using audio labels and audio descriptions for exhibits.
- Gender: partnering with informal learning organizations that serve girls
- Race/Ethnicity: partnering with diversity-serving organizations
- Language: translating many public education materials into Spanish
- Income: encouraging partners to collaborate locally with community partners
Available on the website:
- Spanish Language Translations: A listing of all the NISE Network Spanish-language resources, including NanoDays activities, selected longer-length programs, media, and graphics.
- Translation Process Guide: A guide describing the NISE Network’s translation process, including a Spanish Style Guide and a nanoscience terminology reference guide.
- Bilingual Design Guide: This guide presents the variety of interpretive and design strategies the Network has used for different bilingual products, including exhibits, programs, and media. The guide focuses on NISE Net educational products offered in English and Spanish, but the considerations and solutions presented are more generally applicable to bilingual and multilingual museum experiences.
- Bilingual Audiences Workshop Resources: In June 2013, NISE Net partners representing twenty informal education centers around the country explored how to better engage Hispanic/Latino audiences with nanoscale science, technology, and engineering. Workshop resources include the agenda, information on sheltered instruction, presentation slides, TBI resources, and workshop handouts.
- Strategies for Engaging Bilingual Audiences: This document outlines key tips for developing culturally responsive programs that engage bilingual families, specifically Hispanic and Latino, in informal science education.
- Process Evaluation of the Partnership Pilot Project: A partnership pilot project to identify strategies for engaging youth from underrepresented backgrounds in nanoscale informal science learning experiences; this report provides case studies of how the partnerships developed over time and provides lessons learned to help guide informal educators working with Boys & Girls Clubs or similar afterschool programs.
- After School Framework: A framework for a four-week after school program for children ages 8 – 12. Originally developed by the New York Hall of Science to establish a partnership with a local Boys and Girls Club.
- Universal Design Guidelines: Exhibits: Basic concepts and guidelines for creating exhibits that are as accessible as possible for museum visitors with a broad range of abilities and disabilities.
- Universal Design Guidelines: Programs: Guidelines describing ways educators can develop and implement public programs such as interpretation carts, state demonstrations, and science theater so that they are inclusive of the wide range of museum visitors.
- Universal Design of Educational Programs Workshop Resources: Hosted in July 2013 by the Museum of Science, Boston, the Universal Design of Educational Programs workshop was intended for museum educators who develop and conduct educational programs or train those who do. Included here are the slides, handouts, and other resources from the workshop.
- Universal Design for Public Programs online workshop recording: Recorded on August 21, 2012, the workshop focused specifically on the NISE Net’s Universal Design Guide for Public Programs. Workshop facilitators give a brief introduction to the guide and look at some examples of universal design in NISE Network programs and activities.
- Bilingual Forums Formative Evaluation: This report summarizes data collected from focus groups that were conducted with bilingual individuals to gather feedback on the forum materials that NISE Net had translated into Spanish and to learn about Latinos’ perception of the bilingual forum.
- Sustainable Diversity Workshop: Conversation and Tools for Inclusivity (ASTC Conference, 2009): Easy tips, quick guidelines, and resources for understanding Sustainable Diversity and why it is relevant to the field.
- Diversity, Equity, and Access Guidelines
Spanish Language Translations
Based on input from NISE Network partners, we have adapted our most popular programs for Spanish-speaking audiences! Follow the link below to explore Spanish versions of several NISE Network public programs, as well as other selected resources. We have placed the highest priority on translating products that directly serve public audiences. Professional resources, such as instructional materials and educator’s guides are only available in English at this time. For more about our process and a link to educational materials translated into Spanish click here. Also available is our Translation Process Guide.
The NISE Network is enthusiastic about engaging underrepresented audiences in nanoscale science, engineering and technology learning experiences; listed below are just a few examples of how you can contribute to this effort.
- Incorporate the NanoDays kit activities into existing outreach programs (for example, with local afterschool programs, programs for Title 1 schools, or Boys and Girls Clubs).
- Partner with a diversity-serving organization to offer a nano-themed activity day (at your site or theirs).
- Include older youth from different backgrounds in your efforts to deliver the activities to the public, or include them in a mentoring program.
- Share your experience and lessons learned with the Network through the Nano Bite e-newsletter, blog post, or in an in-person meeting. Contact your regional hub leader to learn more.
- Seek out volunteers from diversity serving professional societies.
- Engaging Girls in STEM
Diversity Serving Professional Societies
- American Indian Science and Engineering Society: www.aises.org
- National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering: www.nacme.org
- National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals: www.noglstp.org
- National Society of Black Engineers: www.nsbe.org
- The Society of Mexican American Engineers and Scientists: www.maes-natl.org
- Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers: www.saseconnect.org/
- Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers: www.shpe.org
- Society of Women Engineering: www.swe.org
- Women in Engineering Program Advocates Network: www.wepan.org
- Women in Technology International: www.witi.com
Please let us know how you think we can better serve all audiences. For more information about Inclusive Audiences, please contact Veronica Garcia-Luis Exploratorium, San Francisco, CA.