Visitors were asked, “In your own words, what would you say the exhibit was trying to show?” Of the 119 visitors interviewed, the actual vocabulary word “nano” was only mentioned 16% of the time. This raises the question of whether or not it is important for visitors to walk away knowing the word “nano.” When looking at the main messages for the individual exhibits and the NISE Exhibits and Programs overall main messages, the vocabulary word “nano” is often included. However, visitors use a number of nano-related concepts that are important to the main messages of NISE’s work. Some of these concepts include the future of technology, scale, and using science to help humans.
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