Nano Exhibit

Nano Exhibit

What happens when things get super small? Put on a lab coat and find out in this interactive, family-friendly science exhibit about all things nano. Visit whatisnano.org for more information via digital media, video, podcasts and more! Here for a limited time, thanks to the NISE Network and the National Science Foundation! 

Learning Goals

  • Small, Smaller, Nano! - Explore progressively smaller magnetic particles—magnetic sand, iron powder and ferrofluid. Use the magnets to discover how materials behave differently when they’re nano-sized.
  • Build a Giant Carbon Nanotube - Work together to create a giant carbon nanotube, one of the building blocks of new nano technologies. How tall can you make yours?
  • I Spy Nano - Try a series of interactive challenges and search a complex image to find examples of nano products and phenomena in real life! Can you spy nano?
  • Balance our Nano Future - Can you balance the blocks on the tippy table? New technologies require scientists and society working together to build a stable future!
  • Static vs. Gravity - Spin discs as fast as you can containing small and large plastic beads, then compare the difference between static electricity and gravity and experiment with forces of nature!
  • Seating Area - Take a seat and enjoy some light (or should we say “nano”) reading! Get comfy and choose from a selection of info mats and informative books like Alice in Nanoland, Nanotechnology for Dummies and other fun titles! You might even discover a plush puppet or two on your shoulder!
  • Super Small Science Lab - Join our educators for special nanoscience experiments, programs and demonstrations at scheduled times. Grab your lab coat and explore crazy new products like nano sand and stain-resistant pants, make nano art like stained-glass windows or thin films, and witness experiments about how things behave differently at the nanoscale!
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