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Explore Science - Zoom into Nano Planning & Promotional Materials

Everything you need to plan and promote your Explore Science event! The Museum & Community Partnerships Explore Science - Zoom into Nano kits are designed to facilitate new or expanded collaborations with local community partners in an effort to engage underserved audiences about nanoscale science, engineering, and technology. ​

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Museum & Community Partnerships: Collaboration Guide and additional resources

This guide offers an introduction to collaborations between museums and youth-serving community organizations. While this guide is designed specifically for museums and community organizations, much of the content contained in this document can be applied to all kinds and levels of partnerships. This guide includes an overview of why to collaborate, levels of partnerships, how to start a partnership, and a variety of resources to sustain and deepen your collaborative relationships. Sprinkled throughout this document is advice from experienced collaborators as well as...

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A Guide to Building Partnerships Between Science Museums and University-Based Research Centers

Step-by-step advice on planning, developing, funding, and maintaining education outreach partnerships between research centers and museums. This 50-page guide is an updated and consolidated version of the older "Small Steps, Big Impact" guide posted online. Helpful for both science museum and research center planners, this 2013 edition is available both as a free 25-page landscape-view PDF download and as a handy 50-page 6x9 printed booklet that can be ordered for $12 including shipping from the Museum of Science, Boston.

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Small Steps, Big Impact: An Online Guide for Science Museums Developing Partnerships with University-Based Research Centers

This online guidebook offers strategies for science museums to use in developing and carrying out grant-funded education outreach partnerships with university-based researchers and research centers. An abridged, revised, and updated version is available in PDF or booklet form at http://www.nisenet.org/partner_guide Both versions were produced by the Strategic Projects Group at the Museum of Science, Boston, for the NISE Network.

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Finding astronomy volunteers: Solar System Ambassadors Program, Night Sky Network, and Astronomy Ambassadors

Volunteer experts are a key ingredient to many successful public engagement efforts. Volunteer networks focused on astronomy and space include: 1) Solar System Ambassadors Program, 2) Night Sky Network of astronomy clubs, and 3) AAS Astronomy Ambassadors 1) The Solar System Ambassadors Program (SSA) is a public outreach program designed to work with motivated volunteers across the nation. These volunteers communicate the excitement of JPL's space exploration missions and information about recent discoveries to people in their local communities....

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Partnerships in the Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network (NISE Net): A study of partnerships between university scientists and museum professionals

This report describes findings from SRI’s research on Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network (NISE Net)-supported partnerships between university scientists and museum professionals to educate the public about nano-scale science, engineering, and technology (“nano”). These kinds of partnerships have the potential to leverage the expertise of both scientists and museum professionals, which is a particularly important benefit in an area as complex and as difficult to distill for public consumption as nano. At the same time, cultural differences between the institutions of universities...

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Nano and Society Case Study of a Research-to-Practice Partnership between University Scientists and Museum Professionals - 2014

This case study conducted by SRI Education examined how complex and potentially controversial science ideas are translated for the public through a research-to-practice partnership between university scientists and museum professionals, collaborating to address a problem of educational practice, with mutual benefits. The study explored how collaborators leveraged each other’s expertise and priorities in order to create workshops to educate museum staff and educational products to engage the public about the Social and Ethical Issues (SEI)1 of nanoscale science, engineering, and technology...

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