Connect with the NISE Network for Earth & Space Science Resources

In collaboration with NASA, the National Informal STEM Education Network (NISE Network) is creating a series of engaging, hands-on Earth and space science experiences with connections to science, technology, and society.

Explore Science: Earth & Space Events 2017 - 5 Minute Version from NISE Network on Vimeo.

The NISE Network is a community of informal educators and scientists based at science centers, science museums, children’s museums, and universities dedicated to supporting STEM learning across the United States—and want to partner with afterschool and summer learning professionals like you! In fact, many NISE Network partners are already collaborating with out-of-school time programs to get kids excited about the incredible research and science happening at NASA.

In the free Explore Science: Earth & Space toolkits, you’ll find activities that explore the Earth, the Sun, our solar system, and the universe beyond. Example activities invite youth to build and launch a paper research rocket, make and explore craters, investigate how water moves over the landscape, and more! Each activity guide includes a materials list and training videos on both content and facilitation. Activities are designed for family audiences with a range of experiences appropriate for visitors ages 4 through adult.

Additional educational, promotional, and professional development resources are also included in the toolkits and are available for download. For example, the toolkits include guides and videos for addressing misconceptions common to space and Earth science, tips for finding local subject matter experts and volunteers, and suggestions for additional collaboration.

How can I collaborate with NISE Network partners in my community?

Look to see if a local science center or museum has been awarded one of the physical toolkits with a complete set of materials. There are over 250 NISE Network partner organizations that already have the full physical toolkits. Get in touch: 2017 recipients and the 2018 recipients.

Dig deeper and download our collaboration guide for ideas and resources to start and sustain a relationship with any partner.

Can I adapt these materials?

Yes! We encourage free sharing, creative use, and remixing of the collection by similar education institutions and users. All resources included in the digital toolkit carry a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 license. Be sure to check out the NISE Network’s page on NASA Wavelength, where we’ve curated a list of NASA extension activities, media, and professional development resources that you can weave into the toolkit.

I’m not a space scientist.

How can I learn more? The NISE Network hosts monthly one-hour online workshops, including a May 22 webinar on museum-afterschool partnerships for earth and space science! Register today and view past webinar recordings in the archive.

More about NISE Network

  • NISE Network products are developed through an iterative collaborative process that includes scientific review, peer review, and visitor evaluation in accordance with an inclusive audiences approach.
  • The NISE Network is one of 27 projects in the NASA Science Activation of NASA Science Mission Directorate.
  • Monthly e-newsletter: If you do not currently receive the monthly NISE Net newsletter, please subscribe. It is a great way to learn about new NISE Network resources and opportunities.
  • Social Networking: We also invite you to join our social networking sites to connect with other professionals in the NISE Network!

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).