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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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Partner Highlight: Children’s Museum of Eau Claire's "Science Troupe" Visits SMM!

Christina Leavell

At the end of summer 2016, our friends at the Children’s Museum of Eau Claire dropped by the Science Museum of Minnesota for a behind-the-scenes look around the museum. With them they brought the “Eau Claire Science Troupe” summer camp participants – an elite group of middle school students who had been working hard that past week with materials from the NISE Network's “Explore Science: Zoom into Nano” kit.

The field trip was the capstone to a weeklong summer camp done as part of the Children’s Museum of Eau Claire’s Museum and Community Partnership (MCP) project with the NISE...

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NISE Network

New project announcement: ChemAttitudes

Kayla Berry, Museum of Science

We are pleased to announce the new project, ChemAttitudes, funded by the National Science Foundation. The ChemAttitudes project builds on the existing NISE Network infrastructure to raise the capacity of museums and informal science educators to engage the public in chemistry. This project  will use design-based research to develop a tested theoretical framework and set of educational activities that point the way to greater interestrelevance, and self-efficacy among museum visitors and those who attend events like National Chemistry Week. 

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NISE Network announces application for free Explore Science: Earth & Space toolkits of hands-on activities

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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Regional Hub Map 2016

NISE Network Transitioning to New Regional Hub Structure

Kayla Berry, Museum of Science

Dear NISE Network partners,

As the NISE Network makes a formal transition to the National Informal STEM Education (NISE) Network, we wanted to let you know that our regional hub structure will be changing slightly with some regions being combined with others. 

With the addition of new projects such as the Space and Earth Informal STEM Education (SEISE) project, the Network's regional hub structure will consist of four regions: Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, and West (as compared to the previous seven regional hub structure). For partners previously included in the Mid...

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NanoGagliato

Partner Highlight: NanoGagliato, Italy: Where Science Meets the Public

Paola Ferrari, NanoGagliato

Inspired by the senior scientists’ gatherings in Gagliato, NanoPiccola, the junior extension of the Accademia of Gagliato, launched NanoPiccola days offering children in the local community an opportunity to learn about nanotechnology and its applications. NanoPiccola days is a program that includes hands-on activities and games, presentations, scientist trading cards, and Q&A sessions with scientists and the public. In 2010, the Houston Methodist Research Institute became a partner of the NISE Network, and NanoPiccola an international collaborating partner. Upon joining the Network, the Accademia was able to improve upon their own line of activities and experiments, and a Network from which to draw further inspiration and support!

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Southern Connecticut State University Building with Biology workshop

Partner Highlight: Connecticut Educators Learn to “Build with Biology” with Southern Connecticut State University Faculty & 2016 iGEM Team

Bryn Pinkerton, Office of STEM Innovation & Leadership, Southern Connecticut State University

On August 2nd, 2016, middle & high school Connecticut educators participated in a Building with Biology professional development workshop with Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU) faculty. The workshop was a collaborative event coordinated by CRISP and the Office of STEM Innovation & Leadership. Educators discussed the social and ethical implications of synthetic biology with the first ever SCSU iGEM team through the forum “Should We Edit the Genome? When, Why, and How Much?”. 

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Science Central

Partner Highlight: Engineering Inside and Out at Science Central in Fort Wayne, Indiana

Jenny Young, Science Central

Science Central paired one of our annual engineering events with Building with Biology.  Every July during Fort Wayne Indiana’s Three River Festival, we partner with a local architecture firm for an engineering egg drop competition from the top of our roof.  We premiered the Building with Biology activities with this event to highlight that engineering happens on the micro scale as well. 

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Missouri University of Science & Technology

Partner Highlight: "Miners Dig Deep" and Show Summer Campers How to Build with Biology

Dave Westenberg, Missouri University of Science & Technology

The Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T) campus comes alive every summer with the excitement of young people learning about science and engineering. Among the many summer camps is the annual Summer Solutions For Girls program. Summer Solutions For Girls is a week-long residential program for rising 9th and 10th grade girls. The goal of this program is to introduce young girls to the excitement of STEM careers and includes tours, field trips, lectures, social activities and hands-on activities. As a recent recipient of one of 200 Building with Biology physical kits, Dr. Dave Westenberg, co-advisor of the Missouri S&T iGEM team had a chance to try out some of the activities with Summer Solutions For Girls campers. The result was a huge success.

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