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Build a Human Habitat on Mars - child building with bricks next to challenge cards

Build a Human Habitat on Mars Exhibit Summative Evaluation Findings

September 28, 2023
Catherine McCarthy, Arizona State University
A summative evaluation study of the Build a Human Habitat on Mars exhibit focused on several key aspects of public audience impacts and behavior: 1) What does visitor engagement look like with regards to activity enjoyment and interest?, 2) How relevant is the exhibit to visitors’ everyday life?, and 3) To what degree does the exhibit foster 21st Century Skills?
Build a Giant Carbon Nanotube exhibit with visitors looking inside

Partner Highlight: Celebrating 45 Years of Nanoscale Research at the Cornell Nanoscale Science and Technology Facility

September 28, 2023
Ali Jackson, Director of Programs & Partnerships, Sciencenter
In celebration of the Cornell Nanoscale Science and Technology Facility's 45th anniversary (1977-2022), Sciencenter was able to once again host the NISE Net Nano Exhibition. Each year more than 1,000 scientists, engineers and technologists from around the world use CNF’s state-of-the-art instrumentation with the assistance of highly trained and creative specialists and staff. The ongoing partnership between this flagship facility and our museum has been incredibly valuable, and we're so happy to see it continue.
Solar Eclipse Finger Lakes Library activities distributed by the Sciencenter Ithaca, NY

Partner Highlight: Museum & Library Partnership – Community Engagement and Professional Development to Prepare for the Upcoming Solar Eclipses in the Finger Lakes of New York

September 28, 2023
Annie Gordon, Education Program Coordinator, Sciencenter, Ithaca, NY
In preparation for the October 2023 annular eclipse and the April 2024 total eclipse the Sciencenter in Ithaca, NY partnered with the Finger Lakes Library System (FLLS) to create eclipse kits for all the libraries within the system.
FrankenToy Activity Stuffed Animal Pieces Next to Imagining Life Activity Cards

Partner Highlight: It's Alive! EXTREME Frankenstuffs - An Adapted Program from the Museum of Life and Science in Durham, NC

September 26, 2023
Christina Leavell, Arizona State University
Partner highlight about how the Museum of Life and Science combined the Imaging Life activity from the Earth and Space toolkit and with the Frankentoy activity from the Frankenstein200 kit.
Moon Adventure Game Summative Evaluation Report 2023 July cover

Moon Adventure Game summative evaluation reveals game players are more interested in Moon and space science and have a stronger science identity

September 19, 2023
Catherine McCarthy, Arizona State University
The Moon Adventure Game Summative Evaluation reveals game players are more more interested in Moon science and space exploration and have a stronger sense of science identity.
Choctawhatchee Bay Estuary Mural at the Emerald Coast Science Center

Partner Highlight: Choctawhatchee Bay Estuary Mural at the Emerald Coast Science Center, Fort Walton Beach, Florida

September 19, 2023
Harley Peters
Partner highlight about the work of the Emerald Coast Science Center on a mural project that was part of the NISE Network 2021-2022 Earth and Space Project-Based Professional Learning Community.
Museum of Life and Science Staff meet with Congresswoman Valerie Foushee and NASA Deputy Administrator Pam Melroy

Partner Highlight: Special Guests Drop by the Museum of Life and Science to Learn more about Initiatives to Engage Hispanic Communities in Durham, NC

September 18, 2023
Christina Leavell
Congresswoman Valerie Foushee and NASA Deputy Administrator Pam Melroy paid a special visit to the Museum of Life and Science to discuss initiatives to engage Hispanic communities in STEM.
National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) 20th anniversary logo - enabling the nanotechnology revolution

Twenty Years of Nanotechnology! Opportunity to engage your community with NanoDays activities

August 14, 2023
Catherine McCarthy, Arizona State University
This year the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) community will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the 21st Century Nanotechnology Research and Development Act, which authorized the creation and funding of the NNI. In 2003, the United States made the long-term commitment to be a world leader in nanoscale science and technology through the passage of this law. This October, around National Nanotechnology Day (October 9), we will mark this milestone with a series of events that reflect on NNI advances and applications that have enabled the nanotechnology revolution and envision our promising future. We invite the U.S. nanotechnology community to join this celebration! Details will be forthcoming on nano.gov."
Packaging Depiction for One Pallet of Nano Exhibition - ND Gateway to Science

Great Repackaging Guide for the Nano Exhibition Courtesy of North Dakota's Gateway to Science, Bismarck, ND

July 27, 2023
Christina Leavell
Partner highlight about the a guide developed by North Dakota's Gateway to Science that shows detail about how they repackaged their copy of Nano for a trip across the country.
Webb Cartwheel Galaxy NIRCam and MIRI Composite Image from the James Webb Space Telescope credits- NASA, ESA, CSA, STScI, Webb ERO Production Team August 2022

Happy First Birthday to the Webb Space Telescope!

July 20, 2023
Christina Leavell
The Webb Space Telescope completed one year of providing us with awe inspiring imagery and new discoveries about our own Milky Way Galaxy and galaxies far beyond.