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NanoDays at Maine Discovery Museum on nanoscale science and engineering

Posted March 19, 2013, at 1:08 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — NanoDays 2013 activities are schedule for 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, March 23, and from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, March 24, at Maine Discovery Museum in downtown Bangor at 74 Main St.

NanoDays at Maine Discovery Museum 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 March 30-April 7,  and will be celebrated in Bangor, Maine at Maine’s Largest Children’s museum north of Boston on the weekend of March 23.

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, according to the museum press release.

NanoDays celebrations bring university researchers together with science educators to create 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 nano materials with spectacular promise, and invite discussion of technology and society.

The local community can experience many of these activities firsthand. Visitors will explore how 3D images are made, investigate new nano products and materials, and imagine what the world might look like if we could build an elevator to space! The full schedule of activities for this two day celebration can be found at www.mainediscoverymuseum.org or at http://bit.ly/ZXQwU2 .

 

More about Nano and NISE Network

Many common materials exhibit unusual properties at the nanoscale — the scale of atoms and molecules. 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 12 organizations, and includes hundreds of museums and universities nationwide. NISE Net was launched in 2005 with funding from the National Science Foundation, and received a five-year renewal in 2010. 

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.

 For more information about NISE Net or to download a digital NanoDays kit please visit:

http://www.nisenet.org/nanodays.

 For more information about Nano please visit:

http://www.whatisnano.org

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