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Newsletter: February 2023

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FEBRUARY 2023     

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Photo Credit: Family First via StockSnap


Talking with children about tragic events 
There is a lot going on in our world right now. Parents, caregivers, and educators can all play an important role in helping children recover from exposure to tragic events in the news as well as traumatic experiences. Navigating these conversations isn't easy, but these resources can be helpful for both children and adults.
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Online Workshops
The NISE Network hosts free online workshops as professional development opportunities for our partners to share with and learn from each other. Online workshops take place on select Tuesdays at 2pm-3pm Eastern. View upcoming online workshops at

• Tuesday, February 14, 2023
   2-3pm Eastern

Asteroids, Meteorites, NASA Missions & more! 
Join us as we learn about asteroids, meteorites, NASA missions to asteroids (i.e. Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART), OSIRIS-REx), and more! NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC) experts will share background and resources, including Astromaterials 3D, that you can use to engage public audiences. 

Learn more and register

• Tuesday, March 14, 2023
   2-3pm Eastern

Changing Brains - New Tools for Brain Awareness Week & Beyond 
Join us during international Brain Awareness Week to learn about the new public engagement resources available through the "Changing Brains" NISE Network project. Explore ways to engage with the societal and ethical issues inherent in neuroscience research and hear from colleagues who have led successful brain-related programs for Brain Awareness Week and beyond. 
Learn more and register 

• Tuesday, April 4, 2023
   2-3pm Eastern

Making Waves with Radio - New Ways to Engage Audiences with the Basics of Modern Communication & Navigation 
“Making Waves with Radio” is a current NSF project that is bringing together STEM professionals from academia, industry, and informal education to create museum activities, apps, and camp curriculum, to engage public audiences about radio technologies. In this workshop, we will showcase 5 new museum activities—developed by NISE Network partner museums and BSCS Science Learning—along with training videos and apps to help educators add this content to their public programming. 

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A visitor exploring ferrofluid in the the Nano exhibition at the Missoula Public Library
Photo credit: Max Hill, Missoula Public Library 


University of Montana spectrUM Discovery Area in Missoula, MT is all about sharing
The University of Montana spectrUM Discovery Area in Missoula, MT is all about sharing. Situated on the 2nd floor of the Missoula Public Library, spectrUM has longtime, embedded partnerships with libraries, schools and other institutions around the Western Montana region. "Because Montana is a very rural state, we’ve found that the best way to reach our audience is to bring exhibits, activities, and educational experiences to where they live, work, learn and play."
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Interested in one of our exhibitions?
There’s a waiting list for that!

If you are interested in hosting the Nano exhibition, or the Sun, Earth, Universe exhibition, please reach out to Christina Leavell, NISE Network Community Manager, to be added to a waiting list.

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NISE Network partners featured in ASTC Community Science Framework video
Several NISE Network partners have local efforts featured in the ASTC Community Science Framework video including:
• Museum of Life and Science, Durham, NC
• Science Museum of Virginia, Richmond, VA
• Nurture Nature Center, Easton, PA
The video focuses on attributes and outcomes for successful equitable community science. Kudos to these partners for their collaborative efforts in their local communities!

Watch the 7:41 minute video


Recorded NISE Network online workshops
View the recordings and resources from past NISE Net online workshops:

Looking for an easy way to discover resources on the website?
Check out our “Browse by Themes and Topics,” featuring curated collections of hands-on activities and resources by themes and STEM topics:




Changes to and the new Reimagining Equity and Values in Informal STEM Education (REVISE) Center
Learn about changes to and the new Reimagining Equity and Values in Informal STEM Education (REVISE) Center in a February 28th webinar 3pm-4:30pm Eastern In a cooperative agreement with the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) program, this new equity resource center will serve as a critical voice and champion for advancing equity in the Informal STEM Education (ISE) field. REVISE seeks to cultivate lasting change among the ISE community and the broader STEM education ecosystem.
Register for the webinar

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COVID Science Communication - Bridging Messages
With the federal government planning to phase out the national emergency declarations on May 11, 2023, Learn more about bridging statements as an effective communications tool to stay grounded in core messages and build trust with fact-based messaging.
COVID-19 museum resources
Vaccine museum resources


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Looking for more STEM activities?

Search over 4,000 of the very best STEM activities on the web—along with a new collection focused on at-home learners. Howtosmile has also recently upgraded its backend systems towards improved sustainability and resource link stability. Find handpicked activities from your favorite science museums, public television stations, universities, and other educational organizations. All activities are available to anyone, free of charge. Start searching now and filter by age, material costs, and learning time to find exactly what you need for your educational program, class, or family.

NNOCCI free introductory webinar on the science of communicating climate change
The National Network for Ocean and Climate Change Interpretation (NNOCCI), is offering a one-hour free webinar Tuesday, February 21, 1:00pm-2:00pm Eastern. As important as knowing climate science, social science provides evidence-based practices that allow us to communicate climate science more effectively. 
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Over the course of the past year, it’s easy to lose track of all the amazing stories in science and technology that took place in 2022. Check out this visualization of some of the big stories in 2022 from Visual Capitalist.
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NISE Network resources: 

• James Webb Space Telescope resources

• Societal Aspects of STEM


A biotechnology company has announced they want to de-extinct the dodo as well as its plans focused on the woolly mammoth and the Tasmanian tiger. Colossal Biosciences plans to de-extinct the dodo, but some scientists question whether it’s ethical or even plausible?
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NISE Network resources: 

• Building with Biology activities

• Introduction to Synthetic Biology and Society Video

• Genetics resources

South Korea's first Moon mission has delivered a stunning first image from a camera designed to peer into permanently shadowed areas near the lunar poles. The NASA-funded ShadowCam is designed to reveal regions where the sun never shines on the Moon to assist future exploration efforts and has now demonstrated an unprecedented insight into Shackleton crater at the moon's south pole.
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NISE Network resources: 

• Moon Adventure Game

• Moon resources

A new National Academies report focuses on the implications of sunscreens for aquatic environments. Regular use of sunscreens has been shown to reduce the risk of sunburn and skin cancer, and slow photoaging of skin. Sunscreens can rinse off into water where people are swimming or wading, and can also enter wastewater from bathing or showering.
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NISE Network resources: 

• Exploring Products - Sunblock activity

• Nano & Society Sunscreen Poster

• NanoDays resources

• Size, Scale, and Measurement resources



Discover activity ideas for incorporating current science, engineering, and technology content into events, special programming, holidays, and seasonal activities by visiting:







  • Association of Children's Museums InterActivity, April 26-28, 2023, New Orleans, LA 
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  • STEM Learning Ecosystems Community of Practice, May 1-3 2023, Jacksonville, FL
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  • Visitor Studies Association Conference, July 11-13 2023, Virtual
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  • ASTC Conference, October 7-10 2023, Charlotte, NC
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  • REVISE conference calendar
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  • National Science Teaching Association (NSTA) Conferences

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