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Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network

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Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network

The Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network (NISE Net) was a project funded by the National Science Foundation to create a national community of researchers and informal science educators dedicated to fostering public awareness, engagement, and understanding of nanoscale science, engineering, and technology (Award Nos. 0532536 and 0940143, 2005-2017).  

Transition to the National Informal STEM Education Network

In 2016 the Network transitioned to a new, ongoing identity as the National Informal STEM Education Network. We are still known as NISE Net, but now Network partners across the United States engage audiences in a range of STEM topics. NISE Net has a variety of previous and current projects, which offer educational materials and professional resources to our community of educators, scientists, and other professionals in the field of informal science education.

NISE Network members humanize the nanoscale structure of a crystal at the 2009 Annual Meeting in San Francisco.
NISE Network members humanize the nanoscale structure of a crystal at the 2009 Annual Meeting in San Francisco.
Photo by Emily Maletz Graphic Design

NISE Network initiatives

The Nanoscale Informal STEM Education Network created a wide range of educational materials and professional resources including:

The National Informal STEM Education Network projects has a number of additional projects that provide additional materials related to diverse areas of STEM.

NISE Network impacts

The NISE Network Report to Partners provides an overview of the major activities of the Network and highlights our collective accomplishments related to building collaborations, engaging the public, and increasing the capacity of the field. It also looks ahead to sustaining the Network beyond the original Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network initiative, funded by the National Science Foundation.

The report includes three related products: a printed report, a set of presentation slides, and a video. Together, these resources allow NISE Net partners to learn about the impact of the Network and share it with others. For example, the slides and video can be presented at a staff or board meeting and the print report circulated to provide more information.

The printed report can be viewed online or downloaded and printed on standard 8.5"x11" paper. The slides are customizable, and presenters are encouraged to add their own content to highlight local activities and outcomes related to the NISE Network. The video provides perspectives from individuals across the Network on what we have accomplished as a group and what the Network has meant to them.

2017 Report to Partners print document
2015 Partner Testimonials video
2015 Museum-Scientist Partnerships: NanoDays and Beyond video

NISE Network website

The website is an online digital library of public nano educational products and tools designed for educators and scientists to increase their capacity to engage their audiences in current science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

Additionally, the NISE Network directly reaches public audiences through our website, which provides links to information and activities about nanoscale science, technology and engineering.

What is available on this website?

The NISE Network website compiles a variety of educational products designed for use in informal education settings, including public programs, hands-on activities, media, and exhibits. These materials are designed to engage multiple and diverse public audiences in learning about current science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). The Network's professional resources include training materials, tools, and evaluation and research reports that are useful for educators, scientists, and others.

How were these materials developed?

NISE Network products are developed by multi-organizational teams, reviewed by scientists and educators, and tested with target audiences. Most products created by the NISE Network are available for free digital download and are designed to be easily adapted and modified for different formats and audiences under a Creative Commons attribution non-commercial share-alike license. To learn more about the development process visit:

How can I find materials on the website? 

Website materials are categorized by audience, topic, and product category (format).  For assistance please see the list of product category descriptions  and the table of contents which lists all the educational products on the website.

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Core partners

From 2005 to 2017, the Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network project was led by 14 museums, universities, and professional organizations across the nation. Core institutions included:


The Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network was supported by the National Science Foundation under Award Numbers 0532536 and 0940143.