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NanoDays at Explorit

This article appeared in the March 21, 2014 edition of the Davis Enterprise.

By Sarah Thomas and Lisa Justice

Special to the Enterprise

 

Celebrate NanoDays™ 2014 at Explorit Science Center, March 24th- March 30th 2014!

NanoDays at Explorit Science Center is part of a nationwide festival of educational programs about nanoscale science and engineering.

 

NanoDays is organized by the Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network (NISE Net), and takes place nationally every spring. This community-based 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.

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.

Nano will affect our economy, the environment, and our personal lives. Some scientists think that future nanotechnologies and materials could transform our lives as much as cars, the personal computer, or the internet!

But the costs, risks, and benefits of this new technology can be difficult to understand, both for experts and for the general public. The NISE Network helps museums, research institutions, and the public learn from each other about this emerging field so that together we can make informed decisions.

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 NISE Network community in the United States is led by 14 organizations, and includes hundreds of museums and universities nationwide.

NanoDays celebrations bring university researchers together with science educators to create new and unique learning experiences for both children and adults to explore the miniscule world of atoms, molecules, and nanoscale forces. NanoDays events combine fun hands-on activities with presentations on current research.

A range of exciting 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.

The local community can experience many of these activities first-hand. Visitors will explore capillary action and non-Newtonian fluids, investigate new nano products and materials, and imagine what society might be like if we all wore invisibility cloaks!

Other activities include using electricity to make a nickel coin look like a penny, and a program about Robots & People. Special take home activities during NanoDays:

·       March 24th- Horton Hears a Who nano activity

·       March 25th- UV beaded bracelets activity

·       March 26th- Capillary Action activity

·       March 27th- Liquid Crystal Display activity

·       March 28th- Oobleck activity

NanoDays activities will take place during Explorit’s spring break holiday hours from 1:30-4pm and will cost $2 in addition to the price of museum admission.

 

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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.
  • Summer Science Camp is coming!  Registration is open now.  Visit www.explorit.org for more information or to register.

 

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