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NanoDays™ at the Discovery Space of Central PA
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Science Café - “Bed Bugs, Small Science, Big Benefits”View the Science Cafe Flier
3:30 – 4:30 PM @ Zola New World Bistro
324 W College Ave. State College, PA 16801
NanoDays at Penn State is part of a nationwide festival of educational programs about nanoscale science and engineering. NanoDays engages people of all ages in learning about this emerging field of science, which holds the promise of developing revolutionary materials and technologies.
Organized by the Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network (NISE Net), NanoDays events take place nationally in early April, 2013. They constitute the largest, organized public outreach effort in nanoscale informal science education and involve science museums, research centers, and universities from Puerto Rico to Alaska.
NanoDays celebrations are designed to introduce and engage children, educators, and the general public to the nanoscale world via fun, hands-on activities and informative presentations about current exciting research. They explore incredible new realities, as well as unlimited future possibilities, that are now available in this miniscule world. NanoDays events are also unique in that they bring university researchers in direct contact with educators, youth, and public audiences for lively discussions on a range of exciting topics: unexpected behaviors and properties found at the nanoscale, the tools used to both see and build these tiny structures, new materials with spectacular promise, and the ethical and societal impacts of the new technology and society.
The entire local community is invited and encouraged to experience the NanoDays at Penn State activities firsthand. There is something for everyone! For Children: The Discovery Space of Central PA children’s science museum will host two special activity days. Kids will imagine what the world might look like if we could build an elevator to space! Other activities include making bracelets that change color in the sun and a story time reading of Dr. Seuss’s Horton Hears a Who! For Educators: At the Nanotechnology Teacher Workshop, K-12 educators will explore how nature inspires new science, investigate new nano products and materials, and learn about the future careers available to their students. For the Community: The public is invited to attend a Science Café discussion and discover how solving global challenges, like eradicating malaria, sometimes yields answers to more local concerns, like preventing a chance encounter with bed bugs! Attendees will also learn about nano-scale concepts that have evolved into nano-products that are available to consumers in the marketplace.
For more information about NanoDays, please contact Kristin Dreyer at 814-863-1665 or by email at email@example.com
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.
For more information about Nano please visit the What is Nano Website
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.