INSIDE THIS ISSUE
- Community News: Explore Space: Earth & Space physical toolkits have now been delivered!, Building with Biology highlights public engagement activities about synthetic biology at AAAS 2017 Conference, Celebrating NanoDays 2017: March 5 - April 2
- Upcoming Events & Opportunities: Upcoming NISE Network online workshops, The Association of Children's Museums (ACM) Interactivity 2017
- Partner Highlights: Building with Biology at the Joseph Moore Museum of Natural History at Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana; Zoom into nano: Bringing nano to a new audience in Towson, Maryland
- Featured on the Website: NISE Network Impacts: Report to Partners, Leading and Managing the NISE Network Guide, Explore Science: Earth & Space toolkit training and content videos
- Science in the News: What is gene editing and how does it work?; NASA telescope reveals largest batch of Earth-size, habitable-zone planets around single star; NASA's Night Sky Network-What's up for March 2017; Slow-release nitrogen fertilizer could increase crop yield
- STEM Throughout the Year: NISE Net's ideas for incorporating current science, engineering, and technology into holidays, seasons, annual events, and special events
Explore Science: Earth & Space physical toolkits have now been delivered!
The NISE Network runs a series of free online workshops to increase the number of professional development opportunities available to our partners, and to create more channels for partners to share their work and learn from each other directly. View full details for upcoming online workshops at http://www.nisenet.org/events/online-workshop.
The Science Behind the Earth & Space Toolkit: Astrobiology - Searching for Life
Tuesday, March 14, 2017; 2-3 PM Eastern - Sign up now
This online presentation and discussion will cover the science behind three of the 2017 Explore Science: Earth & Space toolkit activities - Ice Orbs, Imagining Life, and Pocket Solar System. After a brief overview of each activity and its materials, our guest presenter, an astrophysicist and science educator, will lead a discussion about astrobiology and how this exciting field of science encompasses the search for life in the universe, planets around other stars, extremophiles, and future robotic and manned missions into space.
The Science Behind the Explore & Space Toolkit: The Changing Earth
Tuesday, March 28, 2017; 2-3 PM Eastern - Sign up now
This online presentation and discussion will cover the science behind three of the 2017 Explore Science: Earth & Space toolkit activities - Rising Seas, Investigating Clouds, and Orbiting Objects. After a brief overview of each activity and its resources, our guest presenter, a space scientist and science educator, will facilitate learning more about NASA's contributions to discovering the primary cause of our rising seas, understanding cloud distribution and formation, and measuring Earth's gravity.
Working through Difficult Concepts in the Explore Science: Earth and Space Toolkit
Tuesday, April 18, 2017; 2-3 PM Eastern - Sign up now
In this online workshop, learn how to identify common patterns of thinking, including misconceptions, preconceived notions and vernacular issues as learners build their ideas around Earth and space science concepts and strategies to best address them. We will also discuss how to use the NISE Net’s NASA Wavelength lists to explore more resources to support building on facets of understanding while interacting with visitors.
Did you miss a recent NISE Network online workshop? All online workshops are recorded and archived online along with their resources [view online workshop archive].
- Engaging All Learners: Partnerships and Programs to Reach Diverse Audiences (Wednesday, May 3)
- The 2017 Eclipse: Tools for Engaging Young Scientists (Thursday, May 4)
- Best Program Ever! Tools and Techniques to Create Great Programs (Friday, May 5)
Building with Biology at the Joseph Moore Museum of Natural History at Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana
Catch me at the 'Public Engagement with Science' reception. #buildingwithbiology #synbio #AAASmtg
Jayatri Das from Philadelphia, PA
@nisenet nano activities spotted at #AAASmtg Family Science Days, courtesy of our friends at @DiscoveryActon!
Dietram A. Scheufele from University of Wisconsin, Madison
@nisenet just got a shout-out at #aaasmtg #scicomm session for making emerging science relevant to people's lives
- Explore NISE Net's Building with Biology's hands-on activities that discuss synthetic biology technologies and encourage participants to design solutions to real-world problems.
- Building with Biology forums provide an opportunity to engage in thoughtful conversations about important issues regarding the potential societal and ethical implications of synthetic biology, including gene-editing.
STEM THROUGHOUT THE YEAR
- Women's History Month (March)
- Groundwater Awareness Week (March 5 - 11)
- Brain Awareness Week (March 13 - 19)
- Pi Day (March 14)
- National Learn about Butterflies Day (March 14)
- World Water Day (March 22)
- Earth Hour (March 25)
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