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Thursday, October 10, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Sharon Shanks
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NISE logoNISE Network's Explore Science: Earth & Space 2020 toolkit application for free activities is now open!

Application deadline: 1 November 2019

Shared by Frank Kusiak <>:

The National Informal STEM Education Network (NISE Net) is pleased to offer 350 free physical 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 set of engaging, hands-on Earth and space science experiences with connections to science, technology, and society.

A total of 350 toolkits will be awarded to eligible organizations through a competitive application process. Eligible organizations include children’s museums, science centers, science museums, public planetariums and observatories, and NASA visitor centers located in the US.

The 2020 Explore Science: Earth & Space toolkit will ship in two parts this year!

Part A will ship in January 2020 and will include a set of hands-on activities. Part B will ship in August 2020 and will include a hands-on collaborative moon game as well as science activities about the moon.

There is one application for the 2020 toolkit. All successful applicants will receive both Part A and Part B of the toolkit. Each part of the toolkit will require a report; please see the requirements section of the overview for further details.


Applications for a physical 2020 toolkit must be submitted online using SurveyGizmo by November 1, 2019:

Before applying, please review the toolkit application overview and preview the applications at

The overview includes application instructions, eligibility requirements, and project expectations. Overview (PDF version):

You can preview the application (just for reference, application must be filled out online): at (pdf) and/or (Word version)



In addition to the physical toolkits, digital versions of the toolkit will be available online as a free download. Part A will be available in February 2020, Part B will be available in August 2020. Digital versions of past toolkits for 2017, and 2018, and 2019 toolkits are available online at


The NISE Network will host an online workshop in November. Sign up below, and check out the professional development opportunities offered to help educators and scientists increase their capacity to engage the public in learning about current science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) topics. These free, one-hour online workshops allow educators and scientists to share and learn from each other.

*Programming for Audiences with Special Needs *

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Join us for a conversation on how to design and adapt experiences for audiences with diverse and special needs. Presenters will discuss practices, partnerships, and experiences on programming for neurodiverse, deaf, blind, and visually-impaired audiences. Participants should leave feeling more confident in beginning to think about how to best reach, serve, and design for audiences that may not otherwise be best served by current programming.

Upcoming workshops are listed at: All workshops are posted online afterward for those who are unable to attend at:


To learn more about the National Informal STEM Education Network (NISE Net) please subscribe to our free monthly newsletter:


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).

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