Regional hub leaders are contacting NanoDays physical kit applicants individually regarding awards. As always, making decisions was a difficult process with only 225 physical kits to award. We encourage all those who were not awarded a physical kit to utilize the digital materials in their ongoing education efforts. The new digital kit will be posted here by January 15th: http://www.nisenet.org/nanodays/kit/digital
The deadline for applying for NanoDays physical kits is Thursday, December 8th! Similar to past years, we expect to reeive many more applications than kits, and once again this will be a competitive process. If your organization is not awarded a kit, we will have all the materials available online for download.
For more about who is eligible to aply, and how to aplpy, please visit: http://www.nisenet.org/blog/nanodays/nanodays_2012_physical_kit_applications_now_available
Looking for ideas for NanoDays 2012? I'll be highlighting some examples of NanoDays activities from the 2011 NanoDays reports in the NISE Net blog over the next few weeks.
A number of partners last year included science theater in their NanoDays offerings, with many adding the 10-minute Attack of the Nanoscientist play to their lineup:
Apply now for NanoDays 2012 physical kits!
March 24 through April 1, 2012 is NanoDays, a week of community-based educational outreach events to raise public awareness of nanoscale science, technology and engineering throughout the United States. NanoDays kits are currently in production and will be ready for distribution in early January 2012. From October 1 through December 8, 2011 we invite you to fill out an online application for a physical kit containing all of the materials and resources you need to start planning your community events.
What’s a Mini-Grant?
The NISE Network is making available a limited number of small, one-time awards to support initiatives by NISE Net partners to engage their local audiences in nanoscale science, engineering, and technology topics. Requests can be made for an award up to $3,000 dollars to fund a small project or be put towards a larger endeavor.
The Program Overview gives basic program info as well as examples of applicable projects.
As many of you know, NanoDays is the NISE Network's annual festival of educational programs about nanoscale science and engineering and its potential impact on the future. Each Spring, hundreds of NISE Net partners across the country plan and host local NanoDays events (find out who participated in NanoDays 2011 here). We in the NISE Net ask that partners hosting events let us know about their experiences by filling out an online NanoDays report.
Thanks to partners who have filled out their NanoDays 2011 reports!
Many NISE Net partners planned great NanoDays events at their museums or research centers, but a few went a little further afield. For instance, as part of a comprehensive line-up of events for NanoDays, the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) at the University of Albany hosted a series of programs at a local mall!
With many (but not all!) NanoDays events now over, it's time to fill out your reports! The report is available at this link). However, if you're not quite ready to fill out the report just yet but want to read through the questions first, you can download the attached pdf version with all the questions and text from the report.