NISE Network Blog

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.


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...


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...


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...


NISE Network 2014 Mini-Grant Application Now Open! (Applications due November 1, 2013)

Christina Akers

What’s a Mini-Grant?

The NISE Network is once again 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

Please review the Program Overview (see attachments below) for basic program information, eligibility details, examples of applicable...


Convergence of Knowledge, Technology, and Society

Larry Bell

At our reverse site visit at NSF this week, Mihail Roco, NSF's Senior Advisor for Nanotechnology, suggested that NISE Net envision its activities in the years ahead to encompass the applications that will be made possible by convergence. See the just published report at this website:

Cancer therapies with no side effects!  “Curing” diabetes...


Fun with Nano Numbers!

Eli Bossin

NISE Net partner Becky Wolfe of the Children's Museum of Indianapolis recently shared some fun nano math she and a colleague calculated over lunch:

We were talking at lunch today (we being my fellow museum educators) about the recent mini-marathon in Indy.  Our discussion was why it was called a mini-marathon if it was really a half marathon.  One of my colleagues said she was only interested in a nano-marathon. That got me thinking – exactly how long would a nano marathon be. Here’s...


Partner Highlight: Nano Extravaganza in New York’s Capital Region!

Ali Jackson

In February of 2013, longtime NISE Net children’s museum partner, the Children’s Museum of Science and Technology in Troy, NY (CMOST), announced that it will become part of SUNY’s College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE). Under CNSE's leadership, more than $5 million will be invested to transform the Children's Museum into a world-renowned science center for young people—a hub for 21st century learning and discovery!

The museum has been partnering with CNSE to engage the public in...


Partner Highlight: BIG nano Experiences at the South Dakota Discovery Center

Christina Akers

The South Dakota Discovery Center (SDDC) has always promoted cutting edge science and supported youth in their community. Currently touring the Nano mini-exhibit to schools and libraries throughout the Dakotas, SDDC works hard to bring their programming to students in underrepresented areas. Earlier this year, SDDC helped a local elementary/middle school robotics team achieve great success at the FIRST LEGO League State Tournament in Sioux Falls, SD.

Using nanotechnology, the TechnoKids Lego Robotics team wished to develop a...