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The NISE Network generates, develops, implements, and collaborates on projects that strengthen informal STEM learning in communities across the United States.

NISE Network projects and partners bring people together to engage in STEM, understand our world, and build a better future for everyone. 



One page summary of projects

Quick summaries of NISE Network projects are available for download.

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The NISE Network's affiliated projects are generously supported by the our funders. Without their vital support these efforts would not be possible. We sincerely thank our funders for their generous support. 

Our funding sources and disclaimers are available on our Project Funding Acknowledgements Page

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Engaging Hispanic Communities Initiative

Years: 2022-2025

A suite of culturally relevant bilingual Spanish-English materials based on NASA assets to engage Hispanic families in learning about NASA science

Through two complementary NASA-funded projects, the NISE Network will increase the capacity of informal educators to engage Hispanic communities across the United States in learning about NASA science through the use of culturally relevant bilingual Spanish-English materials based on NASA assets.

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Making Waves With Radio

Years: 2020-2024

Hands-on activities, mobile apps, and camp curriculum to support informal educators engaging public audiences on the science, technologies, and societal implications behind radio wave communications


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Voyage through the Solar System

Years: 2021-2024

Toolkit of hands-on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) activities based on NASA's continuing pursuit of human exploration of the Moon and Mars and a mobile app that launches users further into the solar system.

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Changing Brains

Years: 2018-2022

An evolving project to empower public and professional audiences to experience, talk about, and reflect on personal, community, and societal connections of brain research and related technologies


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STEM Learning Ecosystems

Years: 2021-2025

Principles and practices for community-wide partnerships that center equity and create opportunities for authentic STEM learning.



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Space and Earth Informal STEM Education (SEISE)

STEM engagement materials and professional resources exploring authentic Earth and space science. The SEISE project has developed Explore Science: Earth & Space toolkits and Sun, Earth Universe exhibitions and provides related professional development.

Years: 2016-2022

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Moon Adventure Game project

Years: 2019-2022

STEM educational game that immerses players in scenarios related to lunar science and exploration

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Build a Mars Habitat 

Years: 2020-2023

Hands-on exhibit component exploring how humans will survive and thrive on Mars

The exhibit has been added to the 52 copies of the Sun, Earth, Universe exhibition located throughout the United States


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Sustainability in Science and Technology Museums

Years:  2016-2017 and 2019-2023

Public programs, hands-on activities, professional resources, and a fellowship program for museum professionals, all related to sustainability science and practice 

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Citizen Science, Civics, and Resilient Communities

Years: 2020-2021

Forums and citizen science projects about resilience planning related to heat waves, sea level rise, extreme precipitation, and drought

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Years: 2016-2021

Hands-on activities and professional resources about chemistry

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Howtosmile At-Home Activities

Years: 2020-2022

NISE Network partner museums creating a new At-Home Activities Framework and a collection of over 300 at-home activities to help museums engage their communities virtually. 

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Years: 2015-2021

Hands-on activities and professional resources about responsible research and innovation, developed in celebration of the 200th anniversary of the publication of the novel Frankenstein

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Building with Biology 

Years: 2014-2017

Hands-on activities and professional resources to encourage conversation about synthetic biology 

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Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network

Years: 2005-2017

STEM engagement materials and professional development resources about nanoscale science, engineering, and technology. This large project developed NanoDays kits, Zoom into Nano kits, the nano mini-exhibition, and many other resources. 


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Nano Mini-Exhibition for museums