NISE Network Blog

Partner Highlight: Marbles Kids Museum Exposes Students and Teachers to the Mysteries of the Unseen World

Brad Herring

Marbles Kids Museum in Raleigh, NC is exposing students to worlds too fast, too slow, too small, too vast and simply invisible through National Geographic’s new documentary Mysteries of the Unseen World 3D. With support from a 2014 NISE Net Mini-grant, Marbles Kids Museum developed a 45-minute hands-on learning lab that expands on the movie’s content and immerses students in the exploration of things invisible to the naked eye.

Ammeter mixup in Exploring Properties—Electric Squeeze activity in NanoDays 2014 kits

Catherine McCarthy

Due to an ordering mix-up with one of our suppliers, NISE Network partners receiving NanoDays 2014 physical kits may have received the wrong ammeter. The ammeter in question is part of the Exploring Properties—Electric Squeeze activity. Some of the NanoDays kits erroneously contained a 50 amp (A) ammeter, when they all should have contained a 50 microamp (µA) ammeter. The NanoDays team is currently working to fix this problem. 250 of the correct ammeters will ship to partners by the end of February.

2014 Mini-grants Awards Announced

Catherine McCarthy

The NISE Network has just awarded 41 mini-grants to partners for 2014.  The Network is able to offer 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.

NanoDays 2014 physical kits assembled and shipped!

Catherine McCarthy

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Here are some snapshots by our fantastic fabriction crew showing the transformation over several weeks of an empty warehouse to 250 completed kits stacked and ready to ship out on pallets. The NanoDays 2014 physical kits were shipped out from Minnesota on December 30th, 2013. You can see kit contents here:

NanoDays 2014 Training Videos now available!

Catherine McCarthy

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These short videos are perfect for NanoDays 2014 staff and volunteer training. Please feel free to distribute these links to people volunteering at your NanoDays event.  All of these videos may be downloaded from Vimeo simply by creating a free "basic" account at, for more assistance please see FAQ # 10

Partner Highlight: TBI at the Children's Discovery Museum of West Virginia

Jayatri Das

Team-based inquiry (TBI) is the NISE Network’s practical approach to evaluation focused around an ongoing cycle of inquiry: question, investigate, reflect, and improve. This month, we’re sharing a story of TBI at work from the Children’s Discovery Museum of West Virginia (CDMWV) that demonstrates how TBI can improve practice, build capacity, and even strengthen partnerships and institutional investment.