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 of up to $3,000 to fund a small project or be put towards a larger endeavour.
For more details, including a Program Overview that details eligible institutions and projects, go to: http://www.nisenet.org/blog/post/nise-network-announces-new-2012-mini-grants-partners-due-november-1-2011
One example of a Mini-Grant project comes from the Milton J. Rubenstein Museum of Science and Technology (MOST). For their Mini-Grant, MOST incorporated nano content into their summer camp program. One outcome of this project is an adaptation to the Horton Senses Something Small activity. Click here to read more about MOST's adaptation.
A number of new programs have been added to the NISE Net Catalog. Some highlights include these frameworks and guides for longer-length programs:
High School Nanotechnology Summer Camp Framework: This program outlines a weeklong summer camp for high school students. It is hands-on, application based, and gives a broad overview of nanoscience/nanotechnology as a field with many career opportunities.
Nanotechnology Summer Camp (Ages 8-10) Framework: In this program, campers learn about nanoscale science and engineering through hands-on activities. The framework can be delivered in 5 half-day sessions, but they do not have to be delivered consecutively.
After School Framework: Initially developed to establish a partnership with a local Boys and Girls Club (see Process Evaluation below), this four-week After School Framework is designed for children between the ages of 8 to 12. It highlights NISE Net activities, demos and programs and provides the children with a basic understanding of and appreciation for nanoscale science concepts.
Process Evaluation of the Diversity, Equity, and Access Working Group's Partnership Pilot Project - Boys & Girls Clubs Guide: In 2010, the NISE Network's Diversity, Equity, and Access working group undertook a partnership pilot project to identify strategies for engaging youth from underrepresented backgrounds in nanoscale informal science learning experiences. To carry out the project, three museums developed partnerships to deliver programming at Boys & Girls clubs in their communities. 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.
Trusty nisenet.org is still the comprehensive site for professional audiences (museums, informal science educators, and scientists) to access NISE Net news, general information, and resources from our catalog. With that focus in mind, we encourage partners to start directing their audiences to the more public-friendly and easy-to-remember whatisnano.org.Public audiences can also follow us on Facebook (whatisnano.org) and Twitter (@whatisnano) for entertaining and engaging nano-related facts, links, and commentary.
Want to create a link to the nisenet.org professional website or the whatisnano.org public website on your own site? Then check out the new web-logos and embeddable widgets. To create a widget, go to www.nisenet.org/PRmaterials, select the configuration of the widget you would like, and copy and paste the generated embed code to your website.
→ ASTC Conference
Pre-Conference Workshop: The NISE Network is sponsoring a pre-conference workshop on Friday, October 14th 8am-4pm, entitled "Really Great Programming: Best Practices in Development, Delivery, and Evaluation". There is a $25 registration fee, and you can sign up when you register for the conference.
Baltimore Welcomes You! Reception - Happy Hour: NISE Net partners are invited to gather together on Friday, October 14th from 5-7pm at the Metropolitan Coffeehouse & Wine Bar.
- Exhibit Hall - Booth #801: The NISE Net will have a booth in the exhibit hall featuring a prototype of the Nano mini-exhibition. Stop by for a visit Saturday the 15th or Sunday the 16th from 10:30am-5:00pm.
Partner Breakfast: The NISE Net is hosting a breakfast for staff from institutions that have been involved in our work. Please join us on Monday, October 17th from 7:45-8:45am at the Sheraton Baltimore City Center, Pratt Room to hear about our plans for the coming year, learn about new educational products and opportunities to get involved, and talk with other NISE Net partners from across the country. This is a great chance for staff from your institution who have not been as involved in the Network to learn more about what we do. Please RSVP here.
Conference Sessions: Go to http://www.nisenet.org/events/astc/astc-annual-conference-2011 for a list of conference sessions featuring NISE Net work and lessons learned.
→ O Wow Moments with Mr. O
Getting a Sense of Smell: In this episode of O Wow Moments with Mr. O from the Children's Museum of Houston, participants play a little game called "Guess that Smell!" where they explore how their sense of smell works. It turns out that people are nanosensors - their noses actually sense molecules - things close to a billionth of a meter in size!
→ Compressed - Ferrofluid and Bubbles
Kim Pimmel created this video, combining everyday soap bubbles with ferrofluid liquid to create an eerie tale, using macro lenses and time lapse techniques. Black ferrofluid and dye race through bubble structures, drawn through by the forces of capillary action and magnetism.
Like Superman's X-Ray Vision, New Microscope Reveals Nanoscale Details: Physicists at UC San Diego have developed a new kind of X-ray microscope that can penetrate deep within materials and see minute details at the scale of a single nanometer.
Nano-Thermometers Show First Temperature Response Differences Within Living Cells: Using a modern version of open-wide-and-keep-this-under-your-tongue, scientists today reported taking the temperature of individual cells in the human body, and finding for the first time that temperatures inside do not adhere to the familiar 98.6 degree Fahrenheit norm. Researchers used quantum dots, semiconductor crystals small enough fit into an individual cell, where they change color as the temperature changes.
Nano Techno Music Video
Nano Techno was also featured on Wired.com as The Best Rap Song About Nanotech You'll Hear All Day.