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2018 Explore Science: Earth & Space Digital Toolkit from the NISE Network now available.

Post by Darrell Porcello, National Informal STEM Education Network & UC Berkeley

In collaboration with NASA, the National Informal STEM Education Network (NISE Network) has assembled a NEW set of engaging, hands-on Earth and space science experiences with connections to science, technology, and society.
The NISE Network is pleased to offer all of the Explore Science: Earth & Space 2018 toolkit materials as a free downloadable digital toolkit. The digital toolkit format greatly expands distribution of these materials beyond the 250 recipients of the physical toolkit. Your organization can participate in a nationwide celebration of Earth and space science by downloading the digital toolkit below.

2018 Explore Science: Earth & Space toolkit:

Download Here

The 2018 Explore Science: Earth & Space toolkit includes ten hands-on activities that explore the Earth, the Sun, our solar system, and the universe beyond. Example activities invite visitors to build and launch a paper research rocket, make and explore craters, investigate how water moves over the landscape, and more! The digital toolkit includes all the files and instructions you need to assemble your own activity materials, and also provides information about planning an event, partnering with local collaborators, finding subject matter experts, and tips for engaging visitors. The toolkit also includes both facilitation and content training videos for each activity.

All resources included in the digital toolkit carry a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 license to encourage free sharing, use, and remixing of the collection by similar education institutions and users. The NISE Network supports the creative use and repurposing of its materials under these simple guidelines.

Using NASA Wavelength, the NISE Network has also created a list of extension activities, media, and professional development directly relevant to users of the digital toolkit. These lists can be found on the NISE Network NASA Wavelength profile page

To learn more about this NISE Network project visit

The NISE Network has several one-hour online workshops coming up in the next two months, many of which specifically relate to the 2018 toolkit. Learn more and register for any of the upcoming workshops listed below.

What's in Your 2018 Explore Science: Earth & Space Toolkit
Tuesday, February 6, 2018; 2pm-3pm Eastern

The Science Behind the 2018 Explore Science: Earth and Space Toolkit - Exploring Earth and the Solar System
Tuesday, February 27, 2018; 2pm-3pm Eastern

The Science Behind the 2018 Explore Science: Earth and Space Toolkit - The Solar System and Beyond
Tuesday, March 13, 2018; 2pm-3pm Eastern

NGSS and the Explore Science: Earth & Space Toolkit: Connecting Your Toolkit to Field Trips and K-12 Programs
Tuesday, March 20, 2018; 2pm-3pm Eastern

The NISE Network is one of 27 projects in the NASA Science Activation of NASA Science Mission Directorate. Learn more about projects and resources from this unique community at:

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).