Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network

October 1st, 2005 - September 30th, 2011 | PROJECT

The Museum of Science (MOS) seeks to establish a Network, a national infrastructure designed to foster public awareness, engagement and understanding of nanoscale science and engineering (NSE). As part of this undertaking, MOS will create a set of interactive, media-based and discourse-based educational productes based on NSE; generate new knowledge about design for learning and produce a sustainable network that involves inromal educators and researchers. Core partners are the Exploratorium and the Science Museum of Minnesota (SMM). This project will establish for the first-time an open national network that links science centers across the nation, focusing for this award on the development and delivery of exhibits and programs addressing the interdisciplinary content areas of NSE. In addition, the Network will establish ties and collaborative relationships with university-based NSE research centers, including MRSEC's and NSEC's. An educational research and development component will address the challenges of public understanding of a difficult-to-grasp emerging field. Project deliverables will be created primarily at three sites. The Center for NISE Research at the Exploratorium will collect, develop and disseminate knowledge about how to communicate to target audiences. The NISE Center for Public Engagement at MOS will develop a network media framework for dissemination to other science centers, network radio (with WBUR), and produce forums for dialogue and deliberation with adult audiences. The NISE Center for Exhibit and Program Production and Dissemination at SMM will develop interactive exhibits, exhibition packages for distribution, and immersive media environments programs. Development of deliverables will involve the following science-technology center partners: Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI), OR; New York Hall of Science, NY; Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, TX; Museum of Life and Science, NC; Sciencenter, NY; and Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC). NSE research partners include Main Street Science, Cornell University; Materials Research Society; University of Wisconsin Madison, MRSEC Interdisciplinary Education Group; and Purdue University, Envision Center for Data Perceptualization. The resulting Network and the knowledge gained as a result of this project are intended to produce a dramatic improvement in the capacity of the science center field to engage and educate the public about NSE, both in quality and quantity. By Year Five, there are expected to be NSE exhibits and activities at some 100 sites across the nation. In addition, the NSE research community should gain a deeper appreciation of the role that science centers can play as intermediaries in conveying scientific research to the public.

Project Website(s)

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Project Products

NISE net website
Year Five Site Visits: Formative Evaluation
NanoDays Online Workshop: Formative Evaluation
NISE Net Exhibits & Programs Marketing Survey
Review of NISE Network Evaluation Findings: Years 1-5
NISE Network Forum: "Energy Challenges, Nanotech Solutions?" Formative Evaluation
Year 5 Summative Evaluation of Exhibits and Programs
NISE Network Forum: "Privacy. Civil Liberties. Nanotechnology." Formative Evaluation
NISE Network Bilingual Forums
NISE Network Forum: "Nanomedicine in Healthcare"
Public Impacts Summative Evaluation: Nanoawareness Year 4 Report
Public Impacts Summative Evaluation: Study 2
Public Impacts Summative Evaluation: Study 3
NISE Network Forum: "Risks, Benefits, and Who Decides?"
Summative Evaluation of NISE Network's Public Forum: Nanotechnology in Health Care
Summative Evaluation of Awareness of Nanotechnology by the Museum Public
Nanotechnology and the Public: Part I of Front-End Analysis in Support of Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network
A Guide to Building Partnerships Between Science Museums and University-Based Research Centers
Compilation of Nanoscale Communication Exhibits: Part IIA of Front-End Analysis for NISE
Compilation of Nanoscale Communication Projects: Part IIB of Front-End Analysis for NISE
Science Cafe Online Workshop Formative Evaluation
2010 Delivery and Reach Study
Biomimicry Formative Evaluation
Process Evaluation of the Diversity, Equity, and Access Working Group's Partnership Pilot Project
Sharing Science Workshops for Graduate Students, Fall 2009
Exploring Measurement - Stretchability: Formative Evaluation Report
Demonstration and Program Summative Evaluation
RISE January 2009 Public Communication Internship Formative Evaluation
NISE Network Regional Workshops: First Round of Workshops Formative Evaluation
NISE Network Regional Workshop: Second Round of Workshops Formative Evaluation
Art Nano: Artists Visualizing the Nanoscale
Bump and Roll Exhibit: Formative Evaluation
Changing Colors Formative Evaluation
"Computing the Future" Stage Presentation: Formative Evaluation
Diffusion: Formative Evaluation
Exploring Measurement - Ruler: Formative Evaluation
Illustration: Zoom into a Butterfly - Formative Evaluation
Impact of SciTech Today Nanotechnology Cable News Segments
Nanomedicine: Tumor, Infrared Light, Surface Area/Volume, & Video Game - Formative
Nanomedicine: Gold Nanoshells, Infrared Lights, & Imaging Formative
Nanomedicine: Nanomedicine Video, Gold Nanoshells, Nano Scaffolding, & Greene Chip Formative
Introduction to Nanotechnology: Self Assembly, Colored Glass, & Metal Rubber Formative
Nano Books: How Small Is Nano & Is That Robot Real?
Nanomedicine Explorer Interactive Multimedia Kiosk Formative Evaluation
Nanoscale Informal Science Education Outreach Formative
Nanotechnology Onstage at the Museum of Science Presentation Review
NISE Network Program Evaluation Tools (package)
NISE Network Public Forums Manual
NISE Network Use and Privacy Policy
Overview of the NISE Network Evaluation
Scale Ladders: Communicating Size and Scale - Design-based Research Study
Visualization Laboratory – Formative Evaluation Spiral Zoom on a Human Hand
Spiral Zoom on a Nasturtium Leaf Formative Evalution
Three Drops Formative Evaluation
“Treating Tumors with Gold” Stage Presentation Formative Evaluation
Visitors' Drawings of Small Front-End Evaluation
Visitors’ Interpretations of Images of the Nanoscale Front-End Evaluation
Bringing Nano to the Public: A Collaboration Opportunity for Researchers and Museums
Glossary: Museum and Research Center Terms Related to the NISE Network
Mastering Science and Public Presentations: Video
Science Cafe Guide
Small Steps, Big Impact

Team Members

Larry Bell, Principal Investigator, Museum of Science
Robert Semper, Co-Principal Investigator
Thomas Rockwell, Co-Principal Investigator
Paul Martin, Co-Principal Investigator, Science Museum of Minnesota
Carol Lynn Alpert, Co-Principal Investigator
Catherine McCarthy, Project Manager, Sciencenter
Barbara Flagg, Evaluator, Multimedia Research


Funding Source: NSF
Funding Program: ISE/AISL
Award Number: 0532536
Funding Amount: 19999169


Audience: General Public | Museum | ISE Professionals | Scientists
Discipline: Chemistry | Engineering | Physics | Technology
Resource Type: Project Descriptions
Environment Type: Professional Development | Conferences | Networks | Resource Centers and Networks