The Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network (NISE Net) is a national community of researchers and informal science educators dedicated to fostering public awareness, engagement and understanding of nanoscale science, engineering and technology. Originally launched in 2005, the NISE Network is now led by 14 museums and universities across the nation.
As a subawardee in a leadership role, the Science Museum of Minnesota is involved with many aspects of NISE Net, including:
- educational programs, including development and fabrication of the yearly NanoDays kit [add link to http://www.nisenet.org/nanodays to "NanoDays kit"]
- nisenet.org website for professionals
- whatisnano.org website for public audiences
- professional development tools and guides
- formative and summative evaluation
- research on visitor learning
- NISE Net regional hub for the Midwest
- NanoBuzz, Changing Colors, and Bump and Roll exhibit components for Nanotechnology: What's the Big Deal?: Copies of these exhibits are on display at the Museum of Science, Boston and Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, Portland and touring the Arkansas Discovery Network.
- Nano mini-exhibition is an interactive exhibition that engages family audiences in nanoscale science, engineering, and technology. Hands-on exhibits present the basics of nanoscience and engineering, introduce some real world applications, and explore the societal and ethical implications of this new technology. The Nano mini-exhibition is intended for long-term display in museums across the United States, where it will engage tens of millions of people. Up to seventy copies of Nano will be fabricated; all copies will be identical and distributed to museum partners free of charge. The exhibition complements NanoDays events and other NISE Network educational experiences.
Visit the NISE Network website to learn more.
View NISE Network Evaluations here.
NISE Net is funded by the National Science Foundation.
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