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Online Workshop: The Science Behind the Earth and Space Toolkit: Astrobiology - Searching for Life (Recorded)

This online presentation and discussion covered the science behind three of the 2017 Explore Science: Earth and Space toolkit activities - Ice Orbs, Imagining Life, and Pocket Solar System. After a brief overview of each activity and associated materials, Katherine Kornei, Ph.D, an astrophysicist and science educator, led a discussion of astrobiology and how this exciting field of science encompasses the search for life in the universe, planets around other stars, extremophiles, and future robotic and manned missions into space.

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Horton Senses Something Small

In the "Horton Senses Something Small" story time program young visitors listen to the Dr. Seuss book "Horton Hears a Who". They look at small things using lenses and use their sense of smell to detect things that are too small to see. Visitors also make and decorate a craft.

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Exploring Size - Powers of Ten Game (NanoDays 2011, 2012, and 2014)

"Exploring Size - Powers of Ten" is a card game exploring the relative sizes of various objects. Visitors compete to organize their hand of cards into lists of objects from largest to smallest.

"Explore Science - Zoom into Nano Powers of Ten Game" (2016) version designed for groups and community outreach.

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Macro, Micro and Nano Memory card game

“Macro, Micro and Nano Memory” is a memory game that teaches visitors about the macroscale, microscale and nanoscale, the objects within those scales and the way we measure these objects.

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Intro to Nano video

"Nanotechnology: What's the Big Deal?" is a broad overview of the unique challenges and opportunities presented by nanoscale science, and dives into the super tiny scale of nanotechnology.

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How Small is Nano? video

What is a nanometer? What things are measured in nanometers? Is a red blood cell bigger or smaller than a bacteria? This video takes you on an adventure of scale from the macrosize to the microsize to the nanosize!

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Introduction to Nanotechnology Exhibition

The Intro to Nanotechnology exhibition introduces the basics of nanoscience through four interactive exhibit components. These exhibits were developed by the NISE Network; copies are located at the Museum of Science in Boston, OMSI in Oregon, and the Arkansas Discovery Network.

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Combined Zoom Poster: Everything Is Made of Atoms (Butterfly, Bloodstream, Computer Chip)

This poster aligns zooms into three familiar objects - a human heart, a butterfly's wing, and a laptop computer. Using the conventions of visual perspective the image travels in one continuous “landscape” from the human scale at the top to the atomic scale in the foreground. As the scale gets smaller and smaller, these disparate objects resolve to individual atoms, highlighting the concept that everything is made of atoms.

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Macro, Micro and Nano Stretch-Ability

“Macro, Micro and Nano Stretch-Ability” is a fun, hands AND feet on game which explores objects on several different scales. This activity teaches visitors about the macroscale, microscale and nanoscale, the objects within those scales and the way we measure these objects.

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How Small Is Nano? book and poster

What is a nanometer? What things are measured in nanometers? Is a red blood cell bigger or smaller than a bacteria? Step down in size to find out the answers and learn about different types of units that are used to measure very tiny things. This children's book may be downloaded for free from or purchased in hard copy at www.lulu.com or www.amazon.com. See Resources tab for links.

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