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Celebrate NanoDays™ 2015 at Explorit!

This article appeared in the March 13, 2015 edition of the Davis Enterprise.

Celebrate NanoDays™ 2015 at Explorit!

Nanostructures in this Eastern Bluebird's feathers are responsible for its bright blue coloring.

 

By Sarah Thomas and Lisa Justice

Special to the Enterprise

NanoDays at Explorit is part of a nationwide festival of educational programs about nanoscale science and engineering organized by the Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network (NISE Net), and takes place nationally from March 21 – 29, 2015 everyday 1-5pm (Special Spring Break Hours!).

NanoDays celebrations bring university researchers together with science educators to create learning experiences for both children and adults to explore the miniscule world of atoms, molecules, and nanoscale forces. Visitors can experience the power of science fiction storytelling—creating their own imagined future full of new nanotechnologies.

Hands-on activities invite visitors to explore polarized light, investigate how scientists use special tools to study tiny things, and imagine how nanotechnology could change how we eat! Other activities include experimenting with heat transfer and completing an electrical circuit using the world’s thinnest material. 

At the nanoscale—the scale of atoms and molecules—many common materials exhibit unusual properties. Our ability to manipulate matter at this size enables innovations that weren’t possible before. Nanotechnology is revolutionizing research and development in medicine, computing, new materials, food, energy, and other areas.

Explorit Science Center is also the recipient of a grant from the Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network (NISEnet) to bring Nano into classrooms as part of our outreach programs. This hour and a half long classroom program introduces nano science and nanotechnology as a leading, cutting edge science with an emphasis on nano in nature, health, energy and the environment.  

The session includes an intro PowerPoint presentation and 17 self-guided, hands-on activities set up as 4 “stations” around the classroom along with a concluding, facilitated class discussion. This program was created with funding from the National Science Foundation and the Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network under award No. 0940143. It has been designed for 4th – 8th graders.

This Nano Classroom Adventure is still in the pilot phase and Explorit will be offering a few free trial sessions. To book a Nano Classroom Adventure for your school, please contact Sarah Thomas at Description: https://ssl.gstatic.com/ui/v1/icons/mail/images/cleardot.gif530-756-0191.

 

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Explorit’s coming events:

 

  • Explorit’s Beautiful World: Science and Art exhibition is open to the public every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, 1:00-5:00 p.m. and every Friday, 3:00-6:00 p.m.  Admission is $5.00 per person; Explorit members, teachers and children 2 and under are free.
  • Don’t miss Pi Day at Explorit, Saturday, March 14 from 1:30-5:00 p.m. with lots of hands-on math fun! Free with paid admission to museum exhibition.
  • Join Explorit at the Children’s Activity Faire at the Davis Farmers Market on Saturday, March 14 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. to learn all about our Summer Science Camp offerings!
  • Join us at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, March 16 for the next installment of Explorit’s lecture series. Dr. Lisa Tell will present on her work with hummingbirds and how to attract them to your garden at DMG-Mori’s lovely auditorium at 3805 Faraday Ave. in Davis.
  • Interested in helping out the community through board membership? Explorit is currently seeking individuals in the community to serve as members of our volunteer board. Please call or email for additional information on how to apply.

 

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Explorit Science Center is located at 3141 5th St. For more information call (530) 756-0191 or visit http://www.explorit.org, or “like” us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/explorit.fb.

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