Explore Science: Earth & Space toolkit - How to Apply

Explore Science Earth & Space logoThe National Informal STEM Education Network (NISE Net) is pleased to offer 250 free Explore Science: Earth & Space 2018 toolkits to new and existing eligible partners in the United States.  In collaboration with NASA, the NISE Network has assembled a new set of engaging, hands-on Earth and space science experiences with connections to science, technology, and society.   

How to Apply for a 2019 Physical Toolkit

Applications for a 2019 toolkit will be available in early Fall 2018.

Applications will be due November 1, 2018.

    How to Apply for a 2018 Physical Toolkit

    Toolkit Contents & Audiences

    Two hundred and fifty (250) free Explore Science: Earth & Space physical 2018 toolkits will be awarded to successful applicants from eligible organizations.

    • Activities are designed for use in children’s museums, science centers, science museums, public planetariums and observatories, and NASA visitor centers in the United States.
    • Activities are designed for family audiences with a range of experiences appropriate for visitors ages 4 through adult.

    Explore Science: Earth & Space toolkits will include:

    • Ten hands-on activities to engage the public in Earth and space sciences including: heliophysics, Earth science, planetary science, astrophysics, and their connections to society
    • Professional development materials including activity training videos
    • Event planning guides
    • Marketing and promotional materials

    In addition to the physical toolkits, all digital materials will be available online as a free download. The NISE Network will also be hosting a series of one-hour online workshops featuring a variety of topics. All online workshops will be recorded and archived. 

    Timeline for 2018 Physical Toolkit

    • September 1, 2017:    Online application opens to apply for a free physical toolkit
    • November 1, 2017:     Deadline to submit application
    • December 2017:         Notification of award decisions
    • January 2018:             Toolkits delivered to successful applicants
    • March - May 2018:     Successful applicants host required public event(s)
    • June 15, 2018:             Event reports due online (Note: In additional to the required report, the project evaluators will also be sending out an additional annual survey in October)

    Future years: In addition to the 2018 toolkit, we anticipate developing and distributing additional Explore Science: Earth & Space toolkits with different content in 2019 and 2010. 


    The physical toolkit is designed for informal science education public events and outreach. To be eligible to receive a physical toolkit, organizations must be:

    • Located in the United States
    • Public informal science outreach and education institutions such as:
      • science museums and science centers,
      • children’s museums,
      • natural history museums,
      • public planetariums and observatories, and
      • NASA visitor centers.

    Please note that K-12 schools, afterschool programs, libraries, parks, and astronomy clubs are not eligible to receive physical toolkits. Consider downloading a digital toolkit if your organization does not meet eligibility criteria. Digital toolkits will be available as as free download in February 2018 at

    Physical Toolkits Awarded

    List of 250 NISE Network partners who will receive a physical 2017 Explore Science: Earth & Space toolkit

    Digital Toolkit

    Digital versions of toolkits are available as a free download:

    About the Project

    Learn more abut the project: ​http://www.nisenet.org/space


    This material is based upon work supported by NASA cooperative agreement award number NNX16AC67A.  Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).