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Never be without nano again.

By Vrylena Olney on November 24, 2009 | 0 comments
Our friends at the Woodrow Wilson Center's Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies (PEN) recently unveiled an iPhone application version of their Consumer Products Inventory. Launched in 2006, the inventory catalogs manufacturer-identified nanotechnology-based consumer products, letting you browse by category, country of origin, manufacturer, or search for a specific product.

Nano Haiku: Outreach

By Vrylena Olney on November 12, 2009 | 0 comments

Another haiku by Mike Falvo of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill:

We Struggle to show
The size of a molecule.
Kids wait patiently.

Thanks, Mike!

Working with Researchers

By Vrylena Olney on November 6, 2009 | 0 comments

Photo from the NISE Net Annual Meeting by Emily Maletz Graphic Design At the NISE Net Annual Meeting last September, we asked participants about their favorite nano educational experiences. Many talked about how exciting it is when researchers connect with the public. Here are a few examples of favorite experiences:

Partnering Tips

By Vrylena Olney on November 5, 2009 | 0 comments


Jayatri Das of the Franklin Institute with a demo about using nano-iron to clean up groundwater, created in partnership with the Penn State Center for Nanoscale Science. Photo by Emily Maletz Graphic Design.

Some tips from informal science education people on finding and partnering with researchers:

Nano Haiku: Dancing Molecules

By Vrylena Olney on November 5, 2009 | 0 comments

Just beyond our reach,
vibrating perpetually,
the molecules dance.

by Mike Falvo of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Nano Haiku: Fingernail

By Vrylena Olney on November 5, 2009 | 0 comments

After you read this
Your finger nail will have grown
a nanometer

by Troy Dassler, first grade teacher at the Aldo Leopold School in Madison, WI, and a MRSEC RET Fellow.

Nano 101 Adaptation for Seniors

By Vrylena Olney on October 20, 2009 | 0 comments

Greta Zenner of the University of Wisconsin- Madison MRSEC recently adapted her Nano 101 presentation for a workshop with a group of about 50 seniors.

Senior (Nano) Science Mondays

By Vrylena Olney on October 19, 2009 | 0 comments

I wrote about this in the February 2009 Nano Bite e-newsletter, but it didn't make it onto the Nano Bite blog until now.

The Da Vinci Science Center in Allentown, PA hosted two Senior Science Monday workshops last January using activities from the NanoDays kits and an adaptation of the introduction to nano presentation (here and here).

Celebrate Halloween Nano-style

By Vrylena Olney on October 6, 2009 | 0 comments


Anders Liljeholm gets scary in the Intro to Nano video

Halloween is October 31st, and if you're looking to celebrate nano-style, here are some links for activities or costume ideas: