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The National Informal STEM Education Network (NISE Network) and its partners have developed a variety of hands-on STEM activities designed for use in museums and science centers.  

Do Science at Home!

Hands-on Activities and Resources
You Can Try at Home

Most of these hands-on STEM activities listed below can be done with materials you may already have in your home.


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Designed for Learners at Home

Howtosmile has developed a new set of characteristics that will help caregivers and educators choose STEAM activities that will work best while staying at home.



For members of the public:

Sun, Earth, Universe exhibition

companion website in English and Spanish


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DIY Solar System app

DIY Solar System makes it easy for families and educators to explore the solar system from anywhere, anytime!

Free download from App store (for iPhones and iPads)

Learn more


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DIY Sun Science app

DIY Sun Science, funded by NASA, allows families and educators to investigate and learn about the Sun at home, at school, or anywhere you go! 


DIY Nano at home app

Learn more about nanoscale science, engineering and technology
DIY Nano HD Free iPad app (not iPhones)

Downloadable book (PDF)

Downloadable printable PDFs


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What is Nano?

Learn more about nanoscale science, engineering and technology

Public website with videos and introductions in English and Spanish


For educators and scientists:

  • Digital library: The website is an online digital library of educational products and tools designed for educators and scientists, as well as a source of professional development resources for those working in the field of informal science education.
    Search the digital library:
  • Download digital kits: Kit materials are designed for use in museums and are also suitable for use in other informal learning settings such as afterschool programs, summer camps, libraries, scouting groups, community organizations, and university public outreach programs. Kit activities may also be adapted by educators for use in formal education K-12 classroom settings.
    Download kits:

What is the NISE Network?

The National Informal STEM Education Network (NISE Net) is a community of informal educators and scientists dedicated to supporting learning about science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) across the United States.