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Cost: Free with Admission
Date: Apr 6, 2013

Celebrate NanoDays, as part of a nationwide festival of educational programs about nanoscale science and engineering, on Saturday, April 6 from 10 am – 5 pm.

NanoDays create learning experiences for both children and adults to explore the miniscule world of atoms, molecules, and nanoscale forces through hands-on activities. A range of NanoDays programs demonstrate the special and unexpected properties found at the nanoscale, examine tools used by nanoscientists, showcase nano materials with spectacular promise, and invite discussion of technology and society.

Hands-on activities include:

  • Investigate temperature-sensitive liquid crystal sheets and liquid crystal displays from a calculator.
  • Compare the properties of a memory metal spring to an ordinary spring and see the way a material behaves on the macroscale is affected by its structure on the nanoscale.
  • Discover what ordinary objects look like under magnification using 3D glasses.
  • Make self-assembled polymer spheres or gummy capsules.
  • Use ultraviolet light to change the color of beads that contain photochromic dye and make UV bracelets.
  • Use floating ring magnets to store data just like a computer hard drive.
  • Enjoy a story time reading of Dr. Seuss's Horton Hears a Who!

NanoDays is organized by the Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network (NISE Net), and takes place nationally from March 30-April 7. This event is the largest public outreach effort in nanoscale informal science education and involves science museums, research centers, and universities from Puerto Rico to Alaska.

Apr 06, 201310:00 am - 5:00 pm

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