Societal Aspects of STEM
Many NISE Network public engagement activities try to provide opportunities for conversations and consideration of the relationship between science, technology, and society. Emerging science and technology offer the promise of new discoveries that may dramatically improve our lives and bring great advances in applications as diverse as medicine, energy, and materials. At the same time, emerging science and technology may also have potential negative impacts that touch on a broad range of societal concerns—environmental pollution, toxicity, equity, and privacy violations. In academia this field is often referred to as Society and Ethical Implications (SEI) or Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications (ELSI).
Below are examples of NISE Network public engagement activities and professional learning resources that focus on societal aspects of science and technology.
Featured Hands-on Activities and Programs
Building with Biology: Tech Tokens
Building with Biology: Bio Bistro
Exploring Nano & Society - You Decide!
Exploring Nano & Society - Space Elevator
Exploring Nano & Society - Flying Cars
Exploring Nano & Society - Invisibility Cloak
Exploring Nano & Society - Tell a Nano Story
Exploring Nano & Society - Tippy Table
Nano Around the World card game
Buy It, Or Better Not?
Nano & Society Posters
Frankenstein 200 Kit
Nano Future Tellers
Games for the Future
What Makes Us Human
Neuro Futures Championship Game
Neuro Futures Card Game
Featured Stage Programs
Survival: A Game Show about People, Planet, and Prosperity
Would You Buy That
Storming the Castle Museum Theater Show
Building with Biology: Introduction to Synthetic Biology and Society Video
Does Every Silver Lining Have a Cloud?
Changing Our Relationship With Science video
Three Angry Scientists
Wonders and Worries of Nanotechnology: Ask and Research
Wonders and Worries of Nanotechnology: Who Benefits
Wonders and Worries of Nanotechnology: Regulation
Wonders and Worries of Nanotechnology
Same Sides and Let's Talk About It videos
Professional Learning Resources
Nanotechnology and Society Guide
Nano and Society Training Materials
Nano & Society Workshop
Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion (DEAI) Booklet
Professional Resources for Sustainability