New Mexico Informal Science Education Network
The mission of the New Mexico Informal Science Education Network (NM ISE Net) is to provide opportunities and resources for informal educators to work together to impact science teaching, science learning, and science awareness throughout the state of New Mexico. The NM Museum of Natural History and Science leads NM ISE Net with support from NM EPSCoR.
In 2013, NM ISE Net received additional funding from Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities (SENCER) to promote dialogue and collaboration between NM EPSCoR researchers and the informal science education community in New Mexico.
A core group of 11 museums and four statewide organizations participates in NM ISE Net activities which include planning meetings, informal science education professional training, and collaboration on exhibits, programs, and teacher professional development. NM ISE Net also sponsors programs that are open to the broader ISE community in NM.
Small exhibits featuring NM EPSCoR energy research are being developed by three NM ISE Net members—NM Museum of Natural History and Science, Explora, and the National Museum of Nuclear Science and History.
Teacher Professional Development
Each summer, NM ISE Net members conduct a week-long teacher institute for upper elementary and middle school teachers focused on New Mexico-relevant energy projects that address Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards as well as current NM Science Standards. Institute instructors emphasize integration of literacy, math and science and provide continued support of program outcomes throughout the school year.