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Published on Jan 22, 2018

Big Sandy Community and Technical College’s East Kentucky Science Center (EKSC) has just received notice that they have been awarded an “Explore Science: Earth & Space” physical toolkit from The Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network (NISE Net)  

In collaboration with NASA, the NISE Network has assembled these sets of engaging, hands-on Earth and space science experiences with connections to science, technology, and society.

The kits, which are valued at over $2000.00, contain over a dozen hands-on activities, packaged as “classroom sets” for informal settings, materials for hosting special events, educator training materials, and professional resources to assist with partnership planning and implementation.  The EKSC is one of three science centers in the state of Kentucky to be awarded these kits. 

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 science, engineering, and technology.

The purpose of the project is to help NISE Network partners reach underserved audiences in the community, and help them learn about science, technology, engineering, and math. 

The EKSC will partner with the Floyd County Library System to bring these hands-on science lessons to the community via outreach programs at the library.  These kits will be used afterwards for lessons at the science center for school groups, summer camps, and Super Science Saturdays. 

“Being awarded these Earth and Space Science kits helps the East Kentucky Science Center and Varia Planetarium to educate the children and adults in the region about the scientific world around them.” Said Steve Russo, EKSC Director. 

This is the seventh year in a row that the EKSC has been awarded kits by NISE Net, and the third year in a row of partnering with the Floyd County Library System to bring science out to the community. 

The Science Center is currently working on scheduling these outreach programs.  For additional information about these outreach programs contact the East Kentucky Science Center at (606) 889-6280.