NISE Network Blog

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.

NISE Net: The Biggest Story in the Smallest Presentation!

Larry Bell

Paul Martin and I recently presented the accomplishments and capabilities of the NISE Network at the "reverse site visit" at NSF on June 9th. With a room full of program officers and heads of two NSF directorates, the NISE Net story was condensed into a 20 minute presentation that highlighted the Network's reach and focused on the overarching themes of building collaborations, engaging the public, and increasing the capacity of our partners.

Partner Highlight: Mission: Nano

Aaron Guerro, Children's Museum of Houston and Ennio Tasciotti, Houston Methodist Research Institute

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to play the Mission: Nano game.

Funded by a NISE Network mini-grant, the Houston Methodist Research Institute (HMRI) and Rice University's Center for Technology in Teaching and Learning (CTTL) in Houston, TX partnered to develop a nanotechnology-based multimedia game app.  The product, Mission: Nano, educates players about uses of nanotechnology in medicine and inspires them to consider careers in the STEM sectors.

Evaluation and Research Finding: Valued Aspects of the Network

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.

Partner Highlight: Girls Full STEAM Ahead! at the Leonardo

Erika DuRoss, The Leonardo Museum
The Leonardo

We’re all familiar with STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) — it’s a buzzword that continues to build momentum in education. There are dozens of studies on how to improve STEM education at all levels. But what happens when you introduce art into STEM? That’s exactly the type of question we explore at The Leonardo Museum in downtown Salt Lake City. By approaching big topics in science and culture through the lens of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math), we are able to appeal to populations and make applications that could otherwise be overlooked.

Recent changes to the nisenet.org website

Catherine McCarthy

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We have recently made some major improvements to the nisenet.org website. The new site features all the same popular content from the existing website but with a fresh new look, much faster load times, and improved content filtering. All of these changes will make it easier than ever for visitors to find exactly what they’re looking for.

We’ve been listening to your feedback and we think you’ll like what you see.

Evaluation and Research Finding: Use of NISE Net Materials:

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.

Partner Highlight: Nano Beyond NanoDays! Rochester Museum & Science Center (RMSC)

Ali Jackson

RMSC Rochester Museum and Science Center logoLike many communities around the country Rochester, New York goes all out celebrating NanoDays. Visitors to the Rochester Museum & Science Center (RMSC) joined museum staff and volunteers as well as staff and students from the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) and University of Rochester for a fun filled weekend at the end of March, but as Joelle Adolfi, Manager of Youth and Family Programs, states, nano related programing doesn’t end there. There’s so much more!