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  • NISE Net Years 6‐10 Evaluation Summary
    Date: 06/23/2017
    Resource Category: Summative
    The purpose of this report is to summarize the findings from the Years 6-10 (2010-2015) Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network (NISE Net) summative evaluation studies and to discuss factors that contributed to the achievement of NISE Net’s goals. The report centers on summative evaluation findings, while also including major project output ... »
  • Be a 4-H Scientist! Materials in a Green, Clean World
    Date: 06/01/2017
    Resource Category: Project Descriptions
    Be a 4-H Scientist! Materials in a Green, Clean World is an inquiry-based science curriculum focusing on concepts of materials; plastics; reuse, recycle, and reduce; and the work of scientists and engineers. It is designed to build foundational skills of science and engineering: observation, asking questions, sorting and classifying, and ... »
  • CryptoClub Afterschool and Online: Broad Implementation
    Date: 12/01/2016
    Resource Category: Project Descriptions
    As a part of its overall strategy to enhance learning in informal environments, the Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) program funds research and innovative resources for use in a variety of settings. This Broad Implementation project would scale up the CryptoClub Project, an afterschool and online program designed to engage middle school ... »
  • CryptoClub Afterschool and Online: Broad Implementation
    Date: 10/01/2016
    Resource Category: Project Descriptions
    As a part of its overall strategy to enhance learning in informal environments, the Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) program funds research and innovative resources for use in a variety of settings. This Broad Implementation project would scale up the CryptoClub Project, an afterschool and online program designed to engage middle school ... »
  • Sustaining and Expanding Mobile Making in Underserved Communities
    Date: 09/15/2016
    Resource Category: Project Descriptions
    This project by California State University San Marcos and their collaborators will expand and continue to innovate on a pilot Mobile Making program with the goal of developing a sustainable, regional model for serving underserved, middle-school aged youth in twelve after-school programs in the San Diego region. Evaluation of the current Mobile ... »
  • Evaluating the NISE Network: Reflections from the Evaluation Workgroup
    Date: 07/01/2016
    Resource Category: Conference Proceedings
    At the end of the NISE Network’s 10th year, the Evaluation workgroup created a reflection document to describe how we managed the evaluation of the NISE Network, one of the largest informal education networks ever formed. This document goes into specifics of how we set up our team, what impacts we decided to measure, and what methods we used to ... »
  • Building Evaluation Capacity in a Complex World: Practical Lessons for Organization and Project Leaders
    Date: 05/19/2016
    Resource Category: Report
    Today institutional and project leaders are faced with two critical dilemmas: (1) building the capacity to respond to the increasing evaluation and accountability demands of funders and stakeholders; and (2) managing the complexities of interconnected, multifaceted, ongoing institutional and cross-institutional work. These challenges require ... »
  • Program Development: A Guide to Creating Effective Learning Experiences for Public Audiences
    Date: 04/01/2016
    Resource Category: Report
    This guide offers a comprehensive overview of NISE Network programming, including development by a multi-organization team, implementation by hundreds of partners nationwide, and impact on public audiences. It offers a practical introduction to the approaches, methods, and tools the Network uses to ensure our programs provide effective learning ... »
  • Poster - Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network (NISE Net)
    Date: 03/10/2016
    Resource Category: Conference Proceedings
    This poster was presented at the 2016 Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) PI Meeting held in Bethesda, MD on February 29-March 2. The Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network (NISE Net) is a national community of researchers and informal science educators dedicated to fostering public awareness, engagement, and understanding of nanoscale ... »
  • Poster - Transmedia Museum: Increasing Learning and Efficacy about Emerging Technologies through Transmedia Engagement by the Public in Science-in-Society Activities
    Date: 03/01/2016
    Resource Category: Conference Proceedings
    This poster was presented at the 2016 Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) PI Meeting held in Bethesda, MD on February 29-March 2. How can we come to terms with the complex social impact of new cutting-edge fields like synthetic biology, robotics, genetics and machine learning? In order to manage these transformative changes, people not only ... »

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