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NanoDays 2015

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Nano Science

Saturday, March 28 – Saturday, April 4
11:00 am – noon

Go small, go smaller, go nano! Delve into hands-on activities and discover the big deal about the smallest science.

Making Nano
Saturday, March 28

Let’s have some fun with nanoscience! Discover “self-assembly” and play with amazing materials made by nanotechnology! 



Today’s theme is “Making Nano.” Learn how nature and scientists build nano-sized structures. 

Join us from 11:00 am – noon for our NanoDays celebration activities.



If you can’t make it to the museum today, try a Nano experiment at home with our Do It Yourself Nano activity sheet. Do It Yourself Nano - Rock Candy


Nano Coats
Sunday, March 29

Nanotechnology has given us some amazing materials. Explore everyday items transformed through the power of Nano!



Today’s theme is “Nano Coats.” Learn about the nano-sized structures on surfaces that can make things act unexpectedly.

 Join us from 11:00 am – noon for our NanoDays celebration activities.



If you can’t make it to the museum today, try a Nano experiment at home with our Do It Yourself Nano activity sheet. Do It Yourself Nano – Break the Tension


Nano in Light
Tuesday, March 31

Can nanotechnology make us invisible? Let’s learn all about the tricks that materials can play with light!



Today’s theme is “Nano in Light.” Find out how nano structures can change the way light passes through materials, as well as the way materials react to light.

 Join us from 11:00 am – noon for our NanoDays celebration activities.



If you can’t make it to the museum today, try a Nano experiment at home with our Do It Yourself Nano activity sheet. Do It Yourself Nano – Light and Prisms


Seeing Nano
Wednesday, April 1

How do nano-scientists work with building blocks that cannot be seen? Nanoscientists invent new technologies from building blocks that are unimaginably tiny, so they must “view” them in indirect ways.



Today’s theme is “Seeing Nano.” Discover how scientists see something so small it is nano-sized.

 Join us from 11:00 am – noon for our NanoDays celebration activities.



If you can’t make it to the museum today, try a Nano experiment at home with our Do It Yourself Nano activity sheet. Do It Yourself Nano – What Am I?


Nano Lab
Thursday, April 2

Become a nano scientist! Put on your goggles and lab coat and start experimenting!



Today’s theme is “Nano Lab.” Make a nickel look like a penny by coating it in nano-sized layers of copper. 

Join us from 11:00 am – noon for our NanoDays celebration activities.



If you can’t make it to the museum today, try a Nano experiment at home with our Do It Yourself Nano activity sheet. PDF coming soon!


How Big is Small?
Friday, April 3

Nano materials are smaller than you can imagine! Come with us on an incredible shrinking journey and learn all about sizes and magnitudes. A “nanometer” is 1/100,000-th the width of a human hair. We can’t see anything that small, and it’s hard to imagine. 



Today’s theme is “How Big is Small.” Find out just how small nano-sized materials really are. 

Join us from 11:00 am – noon for our NanoDays celebration activities.



If you can’t make it to the museum today, try a Nano experiment at home with our Do It Yourself Nano activity sheet. PDF coming soon!


Egg-stra Small
Saturday, April 4

Today is the last day of NanoDays, and we are also celebrating our Egg-straordinary Egg-stravaganza. So we asked ourselves, “What does nanotechnology have to do with eggs?” Maybe it can keep one from breaking.

Today’s theme is “Egg-stra Small.” Find out if tiny molecules tunnel through solid objects and if nano technology can save a falling egg from certain doom!

 Join us from 11:00 am – noon for our NanoDays celebration activities.



If you can’t make it to the museum today, try a Nano experiment at home with our Do It Yourself Nano activity sheet. Do It Yourself Nano - Oobleck and Silly Putty