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Building with Biology highlights public engagement activities about synthetic biology at AAAS 2017 Conference

By: Building with Biology Project Team

By now, terms such as genetically-engineered or genetically-modified, synthetic biology, and even CRISPR are likely more familiar to you than they were five years ago. Gene-editing has become a scientific breakthrough and topic of popularity both in research and in mainstream media as new advances are being made in curing cancer,...

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2017 Explore Science: Earth & Space Toolkit

Please check your 2017 Explore Science: Earth & Space physical toolkits!

KC Miller, Science Museum of Minnesota

All the 2017 Explore Science: Earth & Space physical toolkits should now be delivered!

As you begin your preparations for your Explore Science: Earth & Space events this spring, we encourage you to go through each activity box sooner rather than later.

The list of everything that should be in the toolkits is available here: http://www.nisenet.org/earthspacekit-2017

We have had a few reports of missing items and spillages, so it would be good to know what you need to replace, instead of waiting...

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Thank You to Partners Involved in the Nano Project!

By Larry Bell, Museum of Science

February 2017 is the final month of NSF funding for the Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network, which would prompt a sort-of sad note if we didn’t have so many projects going on under the umbrella of the National Informal STEM Education Network.  For many of us, the nano project was unlike anything we had experienced before, stretching over 11½ years and involving over 600 institutional partners and 2,700 individuals from museums, universities, and a range of other organizations. 

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Explore Science: Earth & Space toolkit packing in warehouse

Physical 2017 Explore Science: Earth & Space toolkits have shipped out!

Catherine McCarthy, Science Museum of Minnesota

The National Informal STEM Education Network (NISE Net) Explore Science: Earth & Space 2017 physical toolkit have shipped out to 250 institutions nationwide!

A total of 250 toolkits have been awarded to eligible organizations through a competitive application process. Eligible organizations include children’s museums, science centers, science museums, public planetariums and observatories, and NASA visitor centers located in the US.

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Digital 2017 Explore Science: Earth & Space toolkit now available for download

Catherine McCarthy, Science Museum of Minnesota

The National Informal STEM Education Network (NISE Net) Explore Science: Earth & Space 2017 digital toolkit is now available for download.

www.nisenet.org/earthspacekit-2017

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.  

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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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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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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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