Blog: Partner Highlights

Dr. Roxi Smith, Skagit Valley College, Mount Vernon, WA
When you ask college students to spend a day volunteering in a middle school classroom, they typically cringe. Who can blame them? After all, very few of us look back on our middle school years with fond memories. Yet every...
Peter Nagy and Rae Ostman, Arizona State University
The year 2018 is the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein. All year long, NISE Net partners have been celebrating Frankenstein’s “birthday” by using activities from the activity kit. In October, many Network partners used Frankenstein200 activities for spooky seasonal programs. Researchers from Arizona State University took this opportunity to visit several sites to study how museum guests think about science and responsibility and to learn more about how NISE Net partners are using the activities in the kit.
Jill Kary, Arkansas State University
In this 200th year of Mary Shelley’s famous novel, Frankenstein, Arkansas State University (ASU) Museum celebrated by presenting a Scary STEM event complete with Frankenstein-themed activities on October 23, 2018. Joined by his Monster and author Mary Shelley, Dr. Victor Frankenstein stepped from the pages of Frankenstein into a makeshift laboratory at ASU Museum.
Meghan Curry, Insights El Paso Science Center
On Saturday, September 29th El Paso, Texas celebrated its first space festival with over 500 attendees, 10 NISE Network Earth & Space activities, 10 local space organizations, and an astronaut! This was NEVER our intention. What started as a simple...
Jen D'Agostino, Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium
When your Executive Director asks you to “dream up something big,” you dream up something big. And what could be bigger than breaking a Guinness World Record? On Friday, August 10th, the Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium , located in St....
Jayatri Das, The Franklin Institute
What’s the future of human genome editing? The Philadelphia community tackled this question at The Franklin Institute’s Editing Our Evolution forum on September 15, 2018. As chief bioscientist at the Institute, I’ve been anticipating this event for a long time....
Hannah Kang, Morrison Planetarium at the California Academy of Sciences
The Morrison Planetarium presenter team at the California Academy of Sciences was fortunate enough to receive the Earth & Space toolkits for 2017 and 2018. Planetarium presenters have featured these demonstrations on our museum floor multiple times, including at our weekly “cocktails and science” NightLife adult events. NISE Net hands-on demonstrations help us address some of the hottest topics in astronomy, from gravitational waves to the possibility of exoplanetary life.
Calvin Uzelmeier, Rochester Museum & Science Center
The late Congresswoman Louise Slaughter was a great friend to the Rochester Museum & Science Center ( RMSC ) and the communities she served in New York’s 25th District. She was also one of the few scientists in Congress, and...
Preston MacDougall, Middle Tennessee State University
Late October has always meant trips to elementary schools to celebrate National Chemistry Week for Preston MacDougall, Professor of Chemistry at Middle Tennessee State University. Beginning with the NISE Network's NanoDays kits, Professor MacDougall has been introducing kids to chemistry and nanoscale science concepts through hands-on activities allowing them to experience many of the properties that are key to technologies they learn to love at an early age.
Lynnsey Childress, Discovery Lab, Tulsa Children's Museum
Discovery Lab in Tulsa, OK is continuing to find new ways to share the Nano exhibition and make museum experiences accessible for all families. In March, Discovery Lab launched a traveling exhibit program for Nano in partnership with The Housing...