NISE Network Blog

"NanoDays Collection" printed book shipping soon to active NISE Network partners in the US

Catherine McCarthy, Science Museum of Minnesota
NanoDays Collection compendium cover

The NISE Network will soon be shipping a box of printed and digital materials to selected active NISE Network partner museums and universities located in the United States.The NISE Network leadership wants to thank partner organizations for your involvement with the Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network (NISE Net) and for all your efforts to engage public audiences in nanoscale science, engineering, and technology over the past years. We are pleased to share a compendium of all the NanoDays activities developed over the past ten years. For most partner organizations, we are only mailing one box, so please share these resources with your colleagues and local collaborators.

Partner Highlight: NanoDays…keep the fire burnin’ in Bozeman, Montana!

Suzi Taylor, Extended University, Montana State University – Bozeman
Montana State University NanoDays / MicroDays

Apologies for the REO Speedwagon earworm, but it’s been fun to see how we at Montana State University can continue hosting…and even growing…our NanoDays program now that the 10-year NSF-funded program has ended. 

New Space and Earth Informal STEM Education project announced!

Catherine McCarthy, Science Museum of Minnesota

 

We are pleased to announce the National Informal STEM Education Network (NISE Net) has been selected for five years of funding by NASA Science Mission Directorate to implement the Space and Earth Informal STEM Education (SEISE) project.

New logo unveiled for National Informal STEM Education Network!

Catherine McCarthy, Science Museum of Minnesota

We are pleased to introduce a new logo for the National Informal STEM Education Network (NISE Network). As the Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network transitions to the National Informal STEM Education Network we will begin using this logo to communicate the new identity of the Network now engaged in a range of STEM topics.  Over the coming months you will increasingly see the new logo, though we will continue to use the existing NISE Net logo with nano-related materials and activities as the nano project winds down.

Building with Biology 2016 Physical Kit Recipients Have Been Selected!

Kayla Berry, Museum of Science
Building with Biology

Congratulations to the recipients of the Building with Biology 2016 physical kit! Building with Biology is one of several projects that extends the Network into the its new identity as the National Informal STEM Education Network by addressing new content areas, such as synthetic biology. This project also focuses on fostering public engagement in science by having scientist volunteers interact and have discussions with the public through hands-on activities and forums. Building with Biology physical kits have been awarded to over 150 organizations across the U.S. who will participate in Summer 2016 Building with Biology Events. 

Partner Highlight: Science in the Park - KidsQuest Children's Museum in Bellevue, Washington

Nicole Frymier, KidsQuest Children's Museum
KidsQuest Children's Museum

Getting ready for the summer of 2015, KidsQuest Children’s Museum in Bellevue, Washington was looking for more ways to increase community access to our education programs. After a decade of serving our community, we know that Bellevue families like to be outside in the summer, so we looked to parks! Thanks to a mini-grant from NISE Network we were able to send our educators to different parks in the community with free hands-on nano science activities for families in the community.

 

Evaluation Findings from Building with Biology Pilot Events

Katie Todd and Elizabeth Kollmann, Museum of Science
Building with Biology

In the summer of 2015, Building with Biology held eight pilot events which fostered Public Engagement with Science (PES) about synthetic biology by having scientist volunteers interact and have discussions with the public through forums and events featuring hands-on activities. The events took place at Arizona Science Center, Chabot Space and Science Center, Museum of Life and Science, Museum of Science, Boston, New York Hall of Science, Pacific Science Center, Science Museum of Minnesota, and Sciencenter. Each of these sites helped evaluators gather data that describe the impacts of the Building with Biology pilot events and inform changes for summer 2016 events nationwide.

Sustainability Solutions Festival Family Day

Rae Ostman
Image of child standing in front of a poster reading "High Five for the Future"

On February 16, Arizona State University's Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives hosted its third annual Sustainability Solutions Festival Family Day at Arizona Science Center. During this event, prototype activities from the sustainABLE hands-on activity kit were tested. The kits are being created through a partnership of ASU’s Sustainability in Science Museums program and the NISE Network, and are designed to engage audiences of all ages in sustainability science. 

Posters and Sessions at the NSF AISL 2016 CAISE Meeting

Catherine McCarthy
Larry Bell at the CAISE 2016 Meeting

We recently had several posters and presentations at the Center for Advancement of Informal Science Education (CAISE) 2016 National Science Foundation (NSF) Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) Program Principal Investigator (PI) Meeting in Bethesda, Maryland.

Slides, posters, and notes from the meeting are being made available on the CAISE website: 
http://www.informalscience.org/about-caise/pi-meetings/2016-pi-meeting