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(March 21, 2013) The National Nanotechnology Coordination Office (NNCO), in partnership with the Children’s Science Center, the National Science Foundation (NSF), and other participating agencies in the National Nanotechnology Initiative, presents Nano Days 2013: The Biggest Event for the Smallest Science on April 6, 2013, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. at George Mason University.
Nanotechnology could revolutionize a range of industries, including health care, energy, electronics, environmental management, security, and materials. Learn about nanotechnology and how it impacts the world around us through hands-on family activities at this free event. Registration is required, and space is limited. Register at http://bit.ly/NanoDays2013.
What is “Nano”?
- One centimeter is 10 million nanometers
- A human hair is roughly 100,000 nanometers wide
- A child just over 3 feet tall is 1 billion nanometers!
In other words…nano is really, really small.
Nano Days is part of a nationwide festival of educational programs about nanoscale science and engineering, organized through the Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network (NISE Net) under NSF sponsorship. Nano Days celebrations create learning experiences for both children and adults to explore the miniscule world of atoms, molecules, and nanoscale forces. Visitors will explore how 3D images are made; investigate new nanotechnology-enabled products, materials, and properties; and imagine what the world might look like if we could build an elevator to space! Other activities include a circuit-building workshop, bracelets that change color in the sun, and Horton Hears a Who! story time.
“The Children’s Science Center is proud to be hosting Nano Days as a part of our Museum Without Walls programming,” said Children’s Science Center President and Board Chair Nene Spivy. “Programs like Nano Days are not only fun for the whole family, but they spark children's interest in science and engineering, encourage exploration, active learning, and most importantly make seemingly complex scientific topics real for our young learners.”
At the nanoscale—the scale of 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. For more information on nanotechnology, visit Nano 101 on the NNI’s website, Nano.gov.
About the NISE Network
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. NISE Net is funded through a grant from the National Science Foundation. Through products like NanoDays, the NISE Network is actively building partnerships between science museums and research centers to increase their capacity to engage the public in learning about nanoscale science and engineering. Click here for more information about NISE Net, or visit www.nisenet.org.
About the Children’s Science Center
The Children’s Science Center is a new, hands-on, interactive museum being planned for Northern Virginia. The Children’s Science Center’s Museum Without Walls program brings science activities to area children and allows the Center to fulfill its mission before the doors open to its planned, permanent brick and mortar museum. In 2012, the Museum Without Walls program served 14,500 visitors.