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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.

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NanoDays 2014 digital kit is now available for download!

Catherine McCarthy

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The new 2014  NanoDays digital kit materials are available for download!

Digital kits are free, downloadable materials available to anyone. The digital version of the kit is designed particularly for international locations outside the United States, K-12 educators, libraries, and other educational organizations. Many of the activities use inexpensive, readily available...

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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.

Each year we continue to receive more applications with high quality project proposals.  This year we saw our largest and highest-quality applicant pool yet. A total of 81 proposals were...

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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: www.nisenet.org/nanodays/kit/physical

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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 www.vimeo.com/join, for more assistance please see FAQ # 10

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Evaluation and Research: Thanks to Annual Partner Survey 2013 responders!

Catherine McCarthy, Science Museum of Minnesota

Many thanks to everyone who shared their opinions and experiences through the Annual Partner Survey last month. This survey represents an integral component of our ongoing efforts to understand and enhance the NISE Net partner experience, and as such, the participation of our partners is absolutely vital.  The questions included in the online survey were designed to assess the ways in which the resources available through the Network are put to use, as well as how the Network might better support partners' efforts now and in the future. Over 350 people completed the survey this year! ...

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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.

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NanoDays 2014 kit applications - due December 1, 2013

Catherine McCarthy

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Apply now for a NanoDays 2014 physical kit!

NanoDays 2014 will be held from March 29 through April 6, 2014. NanoDays is a week of community-based educational outreach events to raise public awareness of nanoscale science, technology and engineering throughout the United States. NanoDays kits are currently in production and will be ready for distribution in January 2014. We invite you to...

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Annual Partner Survey to launch in late October 2013

Catherine McCarthy, Science Museum of Minnesota

 

Person filling out formWe are excited to announce that this year’s NISE Net Annual Partner Survey will be launching in late October!

This survey represents an integral component of our ongoing efforts to understand, enhance, and expand the NISE Net partner experience, and whether or not you had a chance to complete last year’s survey, your...

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Partner Highlight: University of California Center for Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology

Frank Kusiak

The University of California Center for Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology (UC-CEIN), based at UCLA, does a great job of reaching broad audiences and fostering collaborations.  In order to reach broad audiences outside of academia, the UC-CEIN partners with Cal Poly Pomona and the California Science Center.  For the past two years, students and faculty from Cal Poly Pomona traveled to UCLA to learn about nanoscience with UC-CEIN students, research staff, and faculty; this yearly February event also functions as a professional...

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