NISE Network Blog

Partner Highlight: More Than Meets the “I” at Brooklyn Children’s Museum

Marcos Stafne, PhD, Brooklyn Children’s Museum

How do you get a science center, technology museum, a national science network, a public library system, a 3D printing service and marketplace, a camera company, and a university research center to work together—you just have to pick up the phone and talk about nanotechnology.

Partner Highlight: Real-World Examples of NISE Net's Team-Based Inquiry (TBI) - Tulsa Children’s Museum Shares Their Evaluation and Capacity Building Project

Linda Allegro, Tulsa Children's Museum

Opening less than two years ago, Tulsa Children’s Museum's Discovery Lab hosted their organization’s first Nano Camps last summer. This newest camp program was supported by a NISE Net mini-grant and staff also participated in the 2014 Team-Based Inquiry (TBI) Cohort to help them evaluate and improve the program.

NanoDays 2015 digital kit is now available for download!

Catherine McCarthy
family using a NanoDays 2015 activity

The new 2015  NanoDays digital kit materials are available for download!
Getting a digital kit is easy - you don't need to fill out an application or log in to download a digital kit.

Digital kits are free, downloadable materials available to anyone. The digital version of the kit is designed particularly for international locations outside the United States, K-12 educators, libraries, and other educational organizations. Many of the activities use inexpensive, readily available supplies.

NSF's Mike Roco to receive Global Leadership and Service Award

Larry Bell
Mihail Roco

Mihail (Mike) Roco, the founding Chair of the National Science and Technology Council's subcommittee on Nanoscale Science, Engineering and Technology, will be honored for his extra-ordinary services in the area of Nanotechnology with significant impact in the USA and around the world. 

Partner Highlight: Real-World Examples of NISE Net's Team-Based Inquiry (TBI) - Maryland Science Center Shares Their Evaluation and Capacity Building Project

Abby Goodlaxson, Maryland Science Center

In 2014, Maryland Science Center was awarded a NISE Net mini-grant and was invited to participate in the 2014 Team-Based Inquiry Cohort, which was made up of 20 staff from 10 NISE Net partner institutions, providing cohorts with in-depth TBI professional development training both virtually and in-person. As part of their mini-grant project, Maryland Science Center created a new stage program presented on their museum's demonstration stage introducing audiences to nanoscale science and engineering, supported by a training session on nanotechnology for staff and volunteers.

NanoDays 2015 physical kits awarded!

Catherine McCarthy

NanoDays 2015 physical kit award decisions have been made and 250 kits will be distributed to locations nationwide by early February. This year's kit includes 8 new hands-on activities and 3 returning favorites! 

The Future of Nanoscale Research and Development

Larry Bell
Mosaic of Nano Images over the years

The 2014 Nanoscale Science and Engineering Grantees Conference kicked off today with a presentation by Mihail (Mike) Roco, Senior Advisor for Nanotechnology and leader of NSF's contribution to the National Nanotechnology Initiative. He presented a view of nanotechnology research and development through 2030.

NISE Net Partners Learn-by-Doing the MOS "Sharing Science Workshop & Practicum" with Grad Students in Boston

Carol Lynn Alpert

NISE Network partners flew in from southern Mississippi, Montana, California, North Carolina, Ohio, and New York to participate in the Network's "Sharing Science Workshop & Practicum," a professional development program in nanoscale informal science and education for early career researchers, with the goal of implementing their own professional development workshop at their institution in the coming year.