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Newsletter: January 2022

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JANUARY 2022    


Year in Review

The year 2021 was challenging for many of us individually, as well as for our organizations and communities. We are so impressed with how NISE Network partners have continued to creatively address ongoing challenges and offered suggestions and assistance to one another during the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite all these challenges, NISE Network partners have continued to engage the public nationwide in STEM. Here are some highlights from 2021 and a look forward to 2022 and 2023. Read more

Explore Science: Earth & Space Toolkit Reports due January 15th

Explore Science Earth and Space logo showing icons for a planet, a spacecraft, and the Earth

NISE Network partners who received a physical Explore Science: Earth & Space 2020 toolkit are required to submit an online report so that we in turn may report to our funders. The report deadline for activities during the January-December 2021 year is January 15, 2022. Online report form through Alchemer 


Celebrating 10 years of the Nano Exhibition, Newest Location in Yellow Springs, OH!

Birdseye view of Nano exhibition with visitors.

Believe it or not, the NISE Network’s Nano exhibition has been around for 10 years!  Learn more about how the exhibitions are still reaching new audiences at new locations, including the newest location in Yellow Springs, Ohio. Pictured is the first installation at Port Discovery in Baltimore back in 2011. Read more



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 Tuesdays at 2pm-3pm Eastern. View upcoming online workshops at



A Few of our Favorite Things at the Kentucky Science Center

Kentucky Science Center

Andrew Spence has been in the Education department at the Kentucky Science Center since 2009 and involved with the NISE Network for nearly that long. They held their first NanoDays Science Celebration in April of 2010 and have gone on to receive many more toolkits and both the Nano and the Sun, Earth, Universe exhibitions. Andrew thought it would be fun heading into 2022 to take a look back on the NISE Network materials that have lived on the longest at the Kentucky Science Center and the impact they continue to have on their floor, camps, offsite and Challenger Learning Center program offerings. Read more

Webb Space Telescope Community Events Across the US

Kauai Community Science Center  Waimea Hawaii Webb Space Telescope event 3D printed bubble wands

James Webb Space Telescope community events have been in full swing across the country this fall! Here are highlights from just a few of the Webb Community Events that have been taking place nationwide over the past few months. Read more



Girl using paint in nebula spin art activity

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

International Year of Glass logo

International Year of Glass 
The United Nations has declared 2022 the International Year of Glass. You can find glass activities and resources at:

Webb Space Telescope first public presentation outreach slide

James Webb Space Telescope resources
You can find James Webb Space Telescope resources here to celebrate the successful launch and look towards the future: 
Stay tuned for more information resources for first light images which are expected in the summer of 2022.



Now Discover all Our Near-Earth Object Asteroids and Comets using NASA Eyes 
Through NASA’s Eyes on Asteroids visualization tool, you can now explore the asteroids and comets that approach Earth’s orbital neighborhood – and the spacecraft that visit these objects – with a click or a swipe. Learn more


NASA GLOBE Cloud Challenge 2022: Clouds in a Changing Climate, January 15 - February 15, 2022
Did you know that clouds can both warm and cool our planet? Keeping an eye on clouds helps NASA study our climate. The NASA GLOBE Program invites you to take part in the upcoming Cloud Challenge: “Clouds in a Changing Climate.”

2022 Moon Calendar Available for Download
Looking for a Moon phase calendar and calculator to make with your audiences? Download the 2022 Moon phases calendar and calculator! Learn more

COVID-19 Coronavirus and Vaccine Resources
NISE Network continues to compile resources as the situation with the COVID-19 Coronavirus and Vaccines continues to evolve:



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 Tuesdays at
2pm-3pm Eastern
View upcoming online workshops at

February 15, 2022

Increasing Community Resilience to Extreme Weather and Environmental Hazards - The Citizen Science, Civics, and Resilient Communities Project Learn more and register

March 1, 2022
Working with STEM Experts - If Only There Was A Guide... Now There Is!
Learn more and register

April 5, 2022
Communicating Climate Change to Diverse Audiences
Learn more and register

May 3, 2022
Earth and Space Resource Roundup - an Overview of All the NISE Network has to Offer
Learn more and register

June 14, 2022
Reconnect and re-engage with the NISE Network 2022 - an overview of projects and time to reconnect
Learn more and register


2021 NEWS:
A Look Back at 2021,
How some of 2021’s major science stories evolved over time

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Visually stunning climate change scenes from the New York Times show how climate change is reshaping our world. 

Read more


NISE Network resources: 

Climate Change resources


The big story this month is the successful launch of the James Webb Space Telescope. Read more

NASA resources:

Where is Webb 

NISE Network resources: 

Webb Space Telescope public engagement resources


Micro-robots propelled by air bubbles and ultrasound. Some engineers find inspiration in the mechanics of bird flight and the architecture of bee nests. Others think much smaller. Read more

NISE Network resources: 
• Shrinking Robots! stage program

• Robots and People program

• Is That Robot Real? children's book and poster


Boxes of genetically modified mosquitoes now available for Brazil.
Brazilians can now order boxes of genetically modified (GM) non-biting Aedes aegypti male mosquito eggs, which are delivered to their homes. They simply add water and wait for the insects to hatch. When the males emerge, they mate with wild Aedes aegypti females, an invasive species of mosquitoes that transmit diseases like Zika, dengue, chikungunya, and yellow fever through their bites. 
Read more

NISE Network resources:

Should We Engineer the Mosquito? forum

• Building with Biology kit

A huge kite is dragging cargo ships across the Atlantic Ocean to demonstrate how to reduce shipping fuel consumption.

Read more

NISE Network resources:
• Energy public engagement resources


Environmentally friendly “Jelly Ice Cube” could transform cold storage.
These plastic-free, “jelly ice cubes” do not melt, are compostable and antimicrobial, and prevent cross-contamination.

Read more


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




  • Visitor Studies Association Conference, July 12-14, 2022, Omaha
    Call for session proposals: Proposals due January 7, 2022

    Learn more
  • ASTC Conference, September 12-15, 2022, Pittsburgh 
    Call for session proposals: Proposals due January 24, 2022

    Learn more
  • CAISE conference calendar
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  • National Science Teaching Association (NSTA) Conferences
    Learn more