Explore Science: Earth & Space toolkit - How to Apply

Explore Science Earth & Space logoThe National Informal STEM Education Network (NISE Net) is pleased to offer 350 free Explore Science: Earth & Space 2020 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 2020 Physical Toolkit

  • Deadline: Applications for physical Explore Science: Earth & Space 2020 toolkits are due November 1, 2019. The application will open by September 1, 2019.

    The 2020 toolkit will ship in two parts and will include an immersive Moon game as well as hands-on activities.

How to Apply for a 2019 Physical Toolkit

Can I get a Physical Toolkit?

Online workshops

The NISE Network hosts a series of one-hour online workshops featuring a variety of topics. All online workshops are recorded and archived online. To see a list of future workshops, sign up as a participant, or view recordings of past workshops, visit http://nisenet.org/event-type/online-workshop 


Online workshop about the 2019 toolkit:

Toolkit Contents & Audiences

Three hundred and fifty (350) free Explore Science: Earth & Space physical 2019 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 2019 Physical Toolkit

  • Summer 2018:    Online application opens to apply for a free physical toolkit

  • November 1, 2018:     Deadline to submit application

  • December 2018:         Notification of award decisions

  • Early 2019:             Toolkits delivered to successful applicants

  • March - May 2019:     Successful applicants host required public event(s)

  • June 15, 2019:             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 2019 toolkit, we anticipate developing and distributing an additional Explore Science: Earth & Space toolkits in 2020. 


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 2019 at

Recipients of Explore Science: Earth & Space physical toolkits: 

The following NISE Network partner organizations were awarded Explore Science: Earth & Space physical toolkits: 

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 under cooperative agreement award numbers NNX16AC67A and 80NSSC18M0061. 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).