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NanoDays celebration at Explorit will be first public event since move

This article appeared in the March 18, 2011 edition of the Davis Enterprise.

By Liz Shenaut
Special to the Enterprise

If you’ve ever wondered why white sunblock rubs in clear, you have wondered about nanotechnology. Explorit Science Center invites you to investigate nanoscale science from sunblock to nanofabric on Saturday, March 26.

In addition to finding unique properties in sunblock and nanofabric, visitors will experiment with a force stronger than gravity, explore a sand-like material called ferrofluid, measure themselves in nanometers, and take home nano-themed temporary tattoos.

While finding out about the miniscule world of atoms, molecules and nanoscale forces, visitors will also get to check out Explorit’s current exhibition, “Game On! The Science of Sports”.

Explorit will be open at 3141 5th Street from 1-4 pm on the 26th, and admission will be $4.

This special event is part of NanoDays, a nationwide festival of educational programs about nanoscale science and engineering. This will be Explorit’s third year participating in NanoDays.

NanoDays is organized by the Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network (NISE Net) and takes place nationally from March 26 through April 3, 2011. This public outreach effort involves science museums, research centers, and universities from Puerto Rico to Alaska.

Science and technology on the nanoscale is relevant to our everyday lives in products we use, yet NISE Net has found that the public knows little about research and development going on today under the umbrella of nanotechnology. Innovations in nanotechnology are changing science and engineering fields such as medicine, computing, materials and energy.

Formed to engage Americans in learning about nanoscale science and engineering, NISE Net began in 2005 with funding from the National Science Foundation, a federal agency that promotes the progress of science.

The NISE Net is now led by 14 museums and universities across the nation. The Lawrence Hall of Science in Berkeley, CA is the regional hub institution for California and other southwestern states in our country.

For a fun introduction to all things nano, watch “What is nano?,” a three-minute video on NISE Net’s website:

The NanoDays celebration will mark the first time Explorit has been open to the public since it moved back into its 3141 5th Street site. The site continues to be open for select programs by reservation.

Coming soon at Explorit:


Sat., Mar. 26, 7:30pm: The astronomy club will meet at 3141 5th Street to discuss deep sky objects and telescope viewing will be available after the presentation, weather permitting. Deep sky objects (DSOs) is a term used in astronomy to denote objects in the night sky other than solar system objects (such as planets, comets, and asteroids), single stars, and multiple star systems. You do not have to pay any dues to be a member of the astronomy club. If you are interested in astronomy, you are welcome to attend.

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