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NanoDays-- a nationwide festival of educational programs about nanoscale science and engineering-- is organized by the Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network (NISE Net), and takes place nationally from March 24 - April 1, 2012. This community-based event is the largest public outreach effort in nanoscale informal science education and involves more than 200 science museums, research centers, and universities from Puerto Rico to Alaska.
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. Most 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 nanomaterials with spectacular promise, and invite discussion of technology and society.
The local community can experience many of these activities firsthand. Visitors will make some of their own nanomaterials using scotch-tape, investigate super thin materials used in solar cell technology, and change the color of a butterfly’s wings! Other activities include the I Spy Nano game and real nanoscale gold.
To find a NanoDays exhibit near you, please visit: http://www.nisenet.org/nanodays/participants-2012