NanoDays and Making Stuff
Saturday, March 29, 2014
Both events included with general admission

NanoDays: The Biggest Event for the Smallest Science!
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Can liquid defy gravity? How does movement make electricity? How can scientists make a nickel look like a penny?

Part of a nationwide festival of educational programs about nanoscale science and engineering, NanoDays at Adventure Science Center features the miniscule world of atoms, molecules, and nanoscale forces. Investigate new nano products and materials, and imagine what the world might look like if we all wore invisibility cloaks! Other activities include using electricity to make a nickel coin look like a penny and a program about robots and people.

Activities

  • Exploring Size: Measure yourself
  • Exploring Products: How computer hard drives work
  • Exploring Materials: Memory metals remember a shape
  • Exploring Tools: Electroplating
  • Exploring Properties: Capillary action and electric squeeze

Programs and activities subject to change. 

 

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Making Stuff
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

What happens when scientists open up nature’s toolbox to make a new generation of “stuff”? What will the “stuff” of the future be made of?

Making Stuff activities explore how the fields of engineering and materials science have changed history and are shaping the future. Adventure Science Center is working with materials developed and provided by Making Stuff Outreach NOVA Education to facilitate hands-on activities and design challenges, to explore how scientists are making new materials that are wilder, colder, faster, and safer than anything we’ve ever seen or experienced.

These activities offer pathways for learners of all ages to explore how scientific discovery and engineering lead to innovation.

Activities and Design Challenges

  • Construct a mechanical claw and discover the strength of wind
  • Fold a fan and create a personal cooling unit
  • Design, make and race a simple car
  • Plan, build and test structures for safety

Programs and activities subject to change.

 

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More about Nano and NISE Network
At the nanoscale—the scale of atoms and 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.

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.

This project is based on work supported by the NSF under Award Nos. 05322536 and 0940143. NanoDays™ is trademarked by North Carolina State University and used by the NISE Network with permission.

More about Making Stuff Outreach NOVA Education

What/Who is NOVA?
The NOVA Science Unit, based at WGBH in Boston, Mass., produces educational documentary television for PBS. NOVA also produces web content and other educational resources. Check out the website to learn more: www.pbs.org/nova.

What is Making Stuff?
NOVA’s Making Stuff presents dramatic stories about how the fields of engineering and materials science have changed history and are shaping the future. Respected journalist David Pogue returns as host. With his zany humor and zest for discovery, Pogue meets the scientists and engineers who are plunging to the bottom of the temperature scale, finding design inspiration in nature, and breaking every speed limit to make a new generation of “stuff” that is wilder, colder, faster, and safer than anything we’ve ever seen or experienced.

 


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