NanoDays

NanoDays Highlights: Involving Industry

Vrylena Olney

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. I encourage you to get in touch with the partners listed to learn more about their work, or to contact your regional hub leader for additional ideas and support.

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NanoDays 2012 Physical Kit Applications Now Available

Catherine McCarthy

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.

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NISE Network announces new 2012 Mini-Grants for partners - due November 1, 2011

Catherine McCarthy

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.

Program Overview

The Program Overview gives basic program info as well as examples of applicable projects.

How do...

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NanoDays Collaborations

Vrylena Olney

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.

One of our goals for NanoDays is to encourage local collaborations, so...

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If you missed the deadline, you can still submit your NanoDays 2011 report

Catherine McCarthy

Thanks to partners who have filled out their NanoDays 2011 reports!

A few exciting results have already emerged from the existing report data. For example, of the 129 respondents who provided information about future use of NanoDays kits, all 129 indicated that they intend to use activities and resources from their kits as part of other, ongoing educational efforts! Also, 68% of those who reported by May 1st indicated that they partnered with at least one other organization. If you ever want to find other organizations in your area to partner with on nano, you can do an...

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Partner Highlight: CNSE at the University of Albany

Vrylena Olney

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!

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NanoDays Report - PDF version

Vrylena Olney

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.

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Nano Trivia for NanoDays!

Vrylena Olney

Looking for an icebreaker for the beginning of a science café? Or trivia to use on social media sites to help promote your NanoDays events?

The NISE Net's Science Café Guide included a number of trivia questions, and with so many of you in the midst of NanoDays or about to host NanoDays events, I thought the questions might be particularly useful this week. These questions include pop culture references in addition to more scientific questions. I've pasted the questions from the guide below, plus the bonus...

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New NanoDays promotional video!

Catherine McCarthy

Our brand new NanoDays promotional video invites learners of all ages to "come see what's so big about the super small!" Invite your visitors to celebrate nano science, engineering, and technology at your NanoDays event!  The 30 second video is video is suitable for using as a television commercial or as an embedded video on your organization's website. Click here to see the video. For...

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