NISE Network Blog

Partner Highlight: Robots, Bees, and Nano, Oh My!: NanoDays at the Delaware Museum of Natural History

Jayatri Das, The Franklin Institute

Many of our favorite applications of nanotechnology—from water-repellent fabric to iridescent materials—are inspired by nature. These connections have made nano programming a great fit for many of the NISE Network’s natural history museum partners, including the Delaware Museum of Natural History. But visitors aren’t always aware of the link between nature and technology, says Kari Lawrence, the Museum’s education manager, so programs like NanoDays offer a chance to highlight this cutting-edge science while also building new relationships in their community.

Partner Highlight: The Perot Museum of Nature and Science Inspires Students and Adults through "Nanoscience Family Science Night"

Jessica Liken, Perot Museum of Nature and Science

The Perot Museum of Nature and Science, formerly known as the Dallas Museum of Nature and Science, in Dallas, TX has been an involved member of the NISE Network since 2011. This past year, the Perot Museum was able to expand their outreach programming through a NISE Net mini-grant by creating a nanoscale science-themed night for local schools called "Nanoscience Family Science Night," consisting of nine hands-on activity stations for students and their families.

Partner Highlight: Inspiring Students and Teachers Across the Globe: NanoDays in South Africa

Jamey Wetmore, Center for Nanotechnology in Society, Arizona State University

The plan at the Center for Nanotechnology in Society at Arizona State University (CNS-ASU) for NanoDays 2014 was originally pretty simple: train a couple dozen graduate students and have them present demonstrations in a tent to some of the over 200,000 visitors at the Tempe Festival for the Arts. Then came the phone call: “Do you also want to do NanoDays in South Africa this year?”

Evaluation and Research Finding: Future Topics of Interest

Liz Rosino, OMSI

The NISE Network’s online annual survey was created to learn more about the experiences of participants in NISE Net and how the Network might better support their activities. Many of you have participated over the past couple of years (thank you!), so we thought you might be interested in some of the results. We'll be highlighting different findings from the 2013 survey over the next few months in our Evaluation and Research Findings blog posts.

Applications open for RISE Workshop on "Implementing the Sharing Science Workshop & Practicum"

Carol Lynn Alpert

Does your organization currently - or in the future want to - involve nano researchers in doing outreach to family audiences at a science museum or other informal science setting?   The RISE group is offering a professional development workshop for NISE Network partners involved in training and preparing researchers for volunteering at education/outreach events in informal education settings, or who have plans to begin doing so.

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Making the most of your mini-exhibition: Marketing Guide

Christina Akers
Nano Banner

Pictured:  WonderLab Museum of Science, Health and Technology in Bloomington, IN

This blog post is part of a series providing information for organizations hosting the Nano mini-exhibition created by the NISE Network about the use, maintenance, and general ways to enhance your copy of Nano.

If there’s not an app for it, there’s usually a guide!

Making the most of your mini-exhibit: Shipping & Receiving

Christina Akers
pallet for mini-exhibition

This blog post is part of a series providing information for organizations hosting the Nano mini-exhibition created by the NISE Network about the use, maintenance, and general ways to enhance your copy of Nano.

Making the most of your mini-exhibition: Getting Started

Christina Akers
nano mini-exhibition

This blog post is part of a series providing information for organizations hosting the Nano mini-exhibition created by the NISE Network about the use, maintenance, and general ways to enhance your copy of Nano.

Whether you are currently hosting Nano or planning to host Nano, one of the first places to refer to is the Nano mini-exhibition listing on the nisenet.org website:  http://www.nisenet.org/catalog/exhibits/nano_mini-exhibition

2015 Mini-Grant Application Opens August 1, 2015! (Applications Due October 1, 2014)

Christina Akers
mini-grants

What’s a mini-grant?

The NISE Network is making available a limited number of small, one-time awards to support initiatives by NISE Net partners to engage their local audiences in nanoscale science, engineering, and technology topics. Requests can be made for an award up to $3,000 dollars to fund a small project or be put towards a larger endeavor.

Program Overview

Evaluation and Research Finding: Staying Current

Liz Rosino, OMSI

The NISE Network’s online annual survey was created to learn more about the experiences of participants in NISE Net and how the Network might better support their activities. Many of you have participated over the past couple of years (thank you!), so we thought you might be interested in some of the results. We'll be highlighting different findings from the 2013 survey over the next few months in our Evaluation and Research Findings blog posts.