NISE Network Blog

Grant Opportunity for Materials Science Outreach Program

Vrylena Olney

Richard Souza, who is leading the Materials Research Society's involvement in the NISE Network, forwarded me this announcement about a small grant opportunity open to our partners. There's more information below, but please note that the application due date is April 1. The grant is for organizing outreach activities in connection with the release of Making Stuff, a PBS tv series on materials science. One of the four episodes is focused on nanotechnology, and nano will be a common thread throughout the segments.

NanoDays Training for Museum Education Newbies

Vrylena Olney

If you're a researcher, there's a big difference between talking about nano with fellow classmates, colleagues, or professors, and talking about nano with hundreds of Museum of Science visitors on a Saturday afternoon. NanoDays at our institution generally means lots of help from a cadre of graduate students. As smart and enthusiastic as our volunteers are, they're also often new to doing demonstrations and activities with public audiences.

Real World Nano: Why does nano matter? Surface area.

Clark Miller, Arizona State University

Thanks, everyone, for your great comments to the first RWN post! Keep 'em coming. I'll respond there and in future posts. The question for today is: why does nano matter?

Broader Impacts - A Provocative New Look

Carol Lynn Alpert

NSF's Broader Impacts Criterion (BIC) gets a provocative re-examination in a special issue of the British journal Social Epistemology, and in that issue, the NISE Net's focus on science museum - research center partnerships is included as a model for authenticating and reinforcing the intentions of the BIC framers.

Kickoff for NanoDays 2010

Margaret Glass

The NanoDays kits have been shipped and the digital resources are ready for downloading. Now it's time to get busy thinking about what you actually want to DO with all this stuff! Whether this is your first time creating a public event about nano or you are a NanoDays veteran, it helps to start planning your activities and contacting collaborators early.

Nano Jobs!

Vrylena Olney

Lotus Leaves and Nano Pants at the Too Small To See Opening at the Sciencenter.

NanoDays Training Resources

Vrylena Olney

NanoDays is next month, and the NISE Net has a number of training materials that might be useful for those new to presenting nano content to public audiences:

Classroom Nano: Middle School Workshop

Vrylena Olney
Many of our partners have indicated that they do classroom activities of some type, so I'm going to be highlighting a few examples of partners incorporating nano into classroom programs. Please let us know what you've been doing with NISE Net or nano materials for K-12 audiences! Email Rae Ostman at rostman at sciencenter dot org. Image by Michael Wyszomierski