Inclusive Audiences

Through the NISE Network, the Inclusive Audiences (IA) team seeks to increase awareness, engagement, and understanding of nanoscale science and technology among public audiences, especially underserved and underrepresented audiences.

The goal of the Inclusive Audiences team is to increase professional and institutional capacity to effectively engage underserved and underrepresented audiences, including girls, bilingual audiences, and persons with disabilities, in informal learning experiences related to nanoscale science and technology.

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The NISE Net strives to reach a diverse audience with regard to geography, dis/ability, gender, race/ethnicity, language and income. The Inclusive Audiences team acknowledges the NISE Net's existing work and proposes making extra efforts to reach those audiences more thoroughly.

  • Geography: Although the NISE Net has connected with small museums and rural libraries, Inclusive Audiences encourages the broader Network to spread throughout rural regions in all states. This will be done by building partnerships with existing regional networks and other informal learning organizations that serve rural areas.
  • Dis/Abilities: Through an intensive charrette focused on universal design, NISE Net has worked diligently with field experts to revise and refine four of its public programs. Inclusive Audiences advocates for greater inclusion of all people, despite level of ability, and seeks to make more NISE Net materials accessible through the use of video captions and accessible website features.
  • Gender: Inclusive Audiences advocates for a better understanding of how NISE Net programs and exhibits connect with girls and is looking for opportunities to share NISE Net products with other informal learning organizations that serve girls.
  • Race/Ethnicity: Inclusive Audiences actively shares NISE Net programs and products with diversity-serving organizations. The goal is to create ongoing partnerships with these organizations to better serve underrepresented communities in nanoscale science education. Efforts are underway to modify outreach materials and programs for greater accessibility and distribution.
  • Language: Inclusive Audiences is committed to making a representative set of NISE Net programs and products available in Spanish. These offerings will include graphics, bilingual audio exhibit labels, the NanoDays kit, key programs and the Nanomedicine Forum.
  • Income: The Inclusive Audiences team encourages museums and other informal learning organizations to connect NISE Net activities to existing avenues for free days and programs.

Available in the Catalog

  • Spanish Language Translations  - A listing of all the NISE Network Spanish-language resources, including NanoDays activities, selected longer-length programs, media, and graphics. 
  • Translation Process Guide - A guide describing the NISE Network’s translation process, including a Spanish Style Guide and a nanoscience terminology reference guide.
  • Bilinugal Design Guide - This guide presents the variety of interpretive and design strategies the Network has used for different bilingual products, including exhibits, programs, and media. The guide focuses on NISE Net educational products offered in English and Spanish, but the considerations and solutions presented are more generally applicable to bilingual and multilingual museum experiences.
  • Bilingual Audiences Workshop Resources: In June 2013, NISE Net partners representing twenty informal education centers around the country explored how to better engage Hispanic/Latino audiences with nanoscale science, technology, and engineering. Workshop resources include the agenda, information on sheltered instruction, presentation slides, TBI resources, and workshop handouts.
  • Strategies for Engaging Bilingual Audiences: This document outlines key tips for developing culturally responsive programs that engage bilingual families, specifically Hispanic and Latino, in informal science education.
  • Process Evaluation of the IA Team's Partnership Pilot Project - A partnership pilot project to identify strategies for engaging youth from underrepresented backgrounds in nanoscale informal science learning experiences; this report provides case studies of how the partnerships developed over time and provides lessons learned to help guide informal educators working with Boys & Girls Clubs or similar afterschool programs.
  • After School Framework - A framework for a four-week after school program for children ages 8 – 12. Originally developed by the New York Hall of Science to establish a partnership with a local Boys and Girls Club.
  • Universal Design Guidelines: Exhibits - Basic concepts and guidelines for creating exhibits that are as accessible as possible for museum visitors with a broad range of abilities and disabilities. 
  • Universal Design Guidelines: Programs - Guidelines describing ways educators can develop and implement public programs such as interpretation carts, state demonstrations, and science theater so that they are inclusive of the wide range of museum visitors. 
  • Universal Design of Educational Programs Workshop Resources:  Hosted in July 2013 by the Museum of Science, Boston, the Universal Design of Educational Programs workshop was intended for museum educators who develop and conduct educational programs or train those who do. Included here are the powerpoint slides, handouts, and other resources from the workshop.
  • Universal Design for Public Programs online workshop recording- Recorded on August 21, 2012, the workshop focused specifically on the NISE Net’s Universal Design Guide for Public Programs. Workshop facilitators give a brief introduction to the guide and look at some examples of universal design in programs from the NISE Net catalog.
  • Bilingual Forums Formative Evaluation - This report summarizes data collected from focus groups that were conducted with bilingual individuals to gather feedback on the forum materials that NISE Net had translated into Spanish and to learn about Latinos’ perception of the bilingual forum. 
  • Sustainable Diversity Workshop: Conversation and Tools for Inclusivity (ASTC Conference, 2009) - Easy tips, quick guidelines, and resources for understanding Sustainable Diversity and why it is relevant to the field. 
  • Diversity, Equity, and Access Guidelines

Spanish Language Translations

Based on input from NISE Network partners, we have adapted our most popular programs for Spanish-speaking audiences! Follow the link below to explore Spanish versions of several NISE Network public programs, as well as selected other resources. We have placed the highest priority on translating products that directly serve public audiences. Professional resources, such as instructional materials and educator’s guides are only available in English at this time. For more about our process and a link to educational materials translated into Spanish click here.  Also available is our Translation Process Guide.

Ways You Can Get Involved

Inclusive Audiences is enthusiastic about engaging underrepresented audiences in NISE Net learning experiences, exploring programmatic offerings, and receiving input on materials to make them more accessible and relevant. Listed below are just a few examples of how you can contribute to this effort.

  • Incorporate the NanoDays kit activities or other programs from the NISE Net catalog into existing outreach programs (for example, with local afterschool programs, programs for Title 1 schools, or Boys and Girls Clubs).
  • Partner with a diversity-serving organization to offer a nano-themed activity day (at your site or theirs).
  • Include youth from different backgrounds in your efforts to deliver the NISE Net activities to the public, or include them in a mentoring program.
  • Share your experience and lessons learned with the Network through a Nano Bite e-newsletter, blog post, or in an in-person meeting. Contact your regional hub leader to learn more.


Please let us know how you think we can better serve all audiences. For more information about Inclusive Audiences, please contact Veronica Garcia-Luis Exploratorium, San Francisco, CA