"Exploring Forces - Gravity" is a hands on activity in which visitors discover that it’s easy to pour water out of a regular-sized cup, but not out of a miniature cup. They learn that size can affect the way materials like water behave.
NanoDays: A NISE Network Guide to Creating Activity Kits, Building Communities, and Inspiring Learning
NanoDays is NISE Net’s signature event—an annual celebration that mobilizes hundreds of organizations across the country to engage staff, volunteers, and members of the public in learning about nanoscale science, engineering, and technology. NanoDays kits are the Network’s most widely used set of resources, reaching over a million visitors throughout the year.
About this guide:
In the spring of 2014, the Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network (NISE Net) Public Impacts evaluation team conducted a summative study of NanoDays, a nationwide festival of educational programs about nanoscale science, engineering, and technology. In 2014, NanoDays took place from March 29th – April 6th, 2014. The Network’s goals for NanoDays events led to the following summative evaluation questions:
What is the projected public reach of NanoDays events in 2014?
During this brown-bag conversation, participants learn about findings from several NISE Net evaluation studies focusing on the Network’s public impacts. In this conversation you’ll get (a) a snapshot of the entirety of NISE Net's ten-year public impact, and (b) a description of the kind of impacts that any single institution might have on its visitors.
Online Brown-Bag: Making Evaluation Design Decisions: When Basic Evaluation Methods Meet the Real World (Recorded)
In this brown-bag conversation, participants learn about how members of the NISE Net Evaluation Team adapted basic data collection methods to support various phases of NISE Net Evaluation Studies. You’ll gain new perspectives on how to implement basic methods, an understanding of the factors to consider when trying these in your own unique environments, and a sense of empowerment to work with methods that will benefit both study participants and your organization.
Everyone loves NanoDays festivities, but how do you keep people excited about nano the rest of the year? Join us to discover the innovative ways your colleagues are introducing nano outside of NanoDays! We’ll learn how partners are incorporating nano into nature detective activities, take-home workbooks shared at public events such as minor league baseball games, and exciting flash mobs. Come and learn some new ways to present the smallest science!
This is a recording of a NISE Network online brown-bag conversation held in March 2015 focused on the applications and scientific background behind NISE Net activities related to nano food and transmission electron microscopes (TEMs). The presentation covered a variety of past and present NanoDays activities, including Exploring Products - Nano Food and Exploring Tools - Transmission Electron Microscopes (TEMs).
Online Brown-Bag: Improving NanoDays Trainings with Team-Based Inquiry - Partner Examples (Recorded)
Did you see that book or those digital files about something called Team-Based Inquiry (TBI) in your NanoDays kit? Are you wondering what they are all about? Join us as we talk about Team-Based Inquiry, an evaluation-capacity building process developed by the NISE Network, and discuss a couple of different ways you can think about improving your institution's events, programs, or trainings using TBI! We will cover what TBI is before providing examples from Network partners about how they have used it to create better staff and training programs around nano.
This is a recording of a NISE Network online brown-bag conversation held in February 2015 focused on the applications and scientific background behind NISE Net activities related to graphene and nano-coatings. The presentation covered a variety of past and present NanoDays activities, including Exploring Materials - Graphene, Exploring Properties - Heat Transfer, and Exploring Products - Kinetic Sand.
"Exploring Tools - Transmission Electron Microscopes" is a hands-on activity in which visitors use a model of a transmission electron microscope to image an object by looking at its shadow. They learn that scientists use special tools and equipment to work on the nanoscale.