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Awards for physical 2017 Explore Science: Earth & Space toolkits announced

Catherine McCarthy, Science Museum of Minnesota

The National Informal STEM Education Network (NISE Net) is pleased to announce the award of 250  Explore Science: Earth & Space 2017 toolkits to new and existing eligible partners in the US. In collaboration with NASA, the NISE Network has assembled a new set of engaging, hands-on Earth and space science experiences with connections to science, technology, and society.  In addition to the physical toolkits, all digital materials will be available online for free download in February 2017.

A total of 250 toolkits have been awarded to eligible organizations through a...

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Explore Science: Earth & Space toolkit Content Videos filmed for 2017

Content Videos filmed for 2017 Explore Science: Earth & Space toolkit

Darrell Porcello, University of California, Berkeley

Lights, Camera, Action, Part Deux! 

NISE Network staff moved the training video roadshow to the Children’s Creativity Museum in San Francisco, CA to film the next set of media assets for the 2017 Explore Science: Earth & Space toolkit. Space scientists Drs. Laura Peticolas and Katherine Kornei, working with the NISE Network through University of California, Berkeley, starred in the videos that are designed to help staff and volunteers understand and communicate the science behind the toolkit activities. This new series of content videos will also leverage exciting NASA...

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Building with Biology

Partner Highlight: Building with Biology at The Ohio State University: Partnering with Community Organizations to Engage the Public in Science Learning

By: Courtney Price, The Ohio State University

The Center for Applied Plant Sciences (CAPS) and the Arabidopsis Biological Resource Center (ABRC) at The Ohio State University (OSU) used the Building with Biology kit as an opportunity to engage in public outreach while building community partnerships. CAPS and ABRC have been exploring partnership opportunities with COSI, the science center in Columbus, Ohio, for the past few years. The hands-on activities included in the Building with Biology kit provided an ideal opportunity to work with COSI as a part of their annual Farm Days event, which brings the farm into the city for a five-day long celebration of agriculture.

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BioBuilder

Partner Highlight: Bio Bistro Activity for BioBuilderClub Kick-off Event at Metropolitan Waterworks Museum, Boston

By: Natalie Kuldell, BioBuilder Educational Foundation

BioBuilderClub, a synthetic biology after-school program for high school teams around the country, kicked off the academic year on October 13, 2016 with an event held at Metropolitan Waterworks Museum in Boston, MA.  Participants enjoyed the Bio Bistro hands-on activity, which led to lively discussions about utilizing synthetic biology for potential team projects involving food.  BioBuilderClub seeks continued museum collaborative opportunities, in particular, to host local teams for a celebration of their projects during the "Final Assembly" event.

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SELF International, Inc.

Partner Highlight: Building with Biology on the Move with SELF International in Richfield, MN

By: Bonnie Everts, SELF International, Inc.

In September, SELF International delivered informal STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) educational opportunities and resources directly to underserved communities through it's mobile discovery program by hosting a Building with Biology hands-on event and forum at FLEX Academy in Richfield, MN. Richfield has a large Latino population and FLEX Academy has a diverse enrollment with a majority representation of Latino students.  By moving our free and accessible events into under-represented communities it allows us to overcome obstacles for students and their families to experience new educational exploration they might not otherwise have the opportunity to participate in.

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NISE Network sending partners with Nano exhibition a refill kit to extend the life of the exhibition

Christina Leavell

What’s the hottest item of the 2016 Holiday Season? The Nano mini-exhibition refill kit of course!

The NISE Network has developed a kit of resources to replenish select components of the Nano mini-exhibition. Partner sites receiving the refill kit have all confirmed their shipment details, and delivery of materials should take place in mid to late December 2016.

The refill kit includes…

  • New set of puck-and-stick foam pieces for the “Build a Giant Carbon Nanotube” exhibit component
  • New set of blocks for the “Balance Our Nano Future” exhibit
  • ...

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Teen Science Cafe Network

Partner Highlight: Building with Biology Within the Teen Science Café Network - Exploring the Cool and the Scary

Kathryn Riddle Penzkover and Michelle K. Hall

The teen years are a time of exploring new frontiers and making important decisions that will change lives in ways that cannot be known. The same can be said for the field of synthetic biology - it is a time of great exploration and possibilities, myriad choices, and cautious trepidation of the unknown. During the 2016 Teen Science Café Network annual workshop held August 21-24 at the Explora! Museum in Albuquerque, New Mexico, 41 adult mentors of teen science café programs participated in a science café to introduce them to the field of synthetic biology and provide them with rich resources, such as the Building with Biology kit, that can be used in a science café explicitly for teens. 

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Explore Science: Earth & Space toolkit training videos filming

Training Videos filmed for 2017 Explore Science: Earth & Space toolkit

Catherine McCarthy, Science Museum of Minnesota

Lights, Camera, Action! Over the past few weeks NISE Network project staff located at the Museum of Life and Science in Durham, North Carolina have been working to create a set of training videos which will be included in the 2017 Explore Science: Earth & Space toolkit. These training videos are designed to help staff and volunteers using toolkit activities learn how to facilitate the hands-on activities with members of the public.

Physical toolkit applications are due Friday, November 4, 2016, learn more about how to apply: ...

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Applications for free physical 2017 Explore Science: Earth & Space toolkits of hands-on activities due November 4, 2016

Catherine McCarthy, Science Museum of Minnesota

 

The National Informal STEM Education Network (NISE Net) is pleased to offer 250 free Explore Science: Earth & Space 2017 toolkits to new and existing eligible partners in the US.  In collaboration with NASA, the NISE Network has assembled a new set of engaging, hands-on Earth and space science experiences with connections to science, technology, and society.  In addition to the physical toolkits, all digital materials will be available online for free download in February 2017.

A total of 250 toolkits will be awarded to eligible organizations through a...

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Port Discovery Children's Museum

Partner Highlight: Building with Biology at Port Discovery Children's Museum: Purposeful Play and Learning through Meaningful Science Experiences

Sarah Zimmerman, Port Discovery Children's Museum

On July 30th, 2016 scientists, students, and families came together at Port Discovery Children’s Museum in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor to explore and discover the emerging field of synthetic biology. The museum’s Building with Biology event was a great success, attracting over 1,300 guests. Children visiting the museum range from birth to 10 years old, making it a unique opportunity to introduce young future scientists to the excitement of the field. 

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