Welcome to the June Nano Bite, the monthly e-newsletter for the Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network (NISE Net).
What's new? Summer is fast approaching!
Whether you’re planning for summer camp or pulling together floor activities, there are plenty of ways to work a little nano into your programming this summer. NISE Net partners are using our favorite NISE Net activities, and trying out some of the great ideas from our partners at the University of Wisconsin-Madison MRSEC.
The Science Museum of Minnesota
is offering "Nanotechnology: What's It All About?", a week-long summer camp
for kids ages 9 - 12. Campers explore just how small a nanometer is with Exploring Measurement—Human Body
, Cutting It Down to Nano
, and Sizing Things Down
. Then they experience the challenges and tools associated with working on the nanoscale with The Mitten Challenge Activity
and How Can We See What We Cannot See?
They check out some of the cool properties of nanoscale materials with DNA Nanotechnology
, Lotus Leaf Effect, Exploring Materials—Nano Fabric
, and Exploring Properties—Surface Area
. And they consider the risks and benefits of nanotechnology with Wheel of the Future
. SMM camp staff have added in in-depth explorations of socks with nanosilver, ongoing dialogue with guest scientists, and more! To learn more, contact Annie Thompson, email@example.com.
Not ready for a full-on nano camp? There are lots of ways to integrate nano into summer camps with different science themes. Arizona Science Center
is making magnetism more intriguing by introducing kids to ferrofluid, from the activity Exploring Materials—Ferrofluid
, and kicking off an engineering week by examining different cool materials, including the sensors from Exploring Materials—Liquid Crystals
. Jeannie Colton can tell you more: firstname.lastname@example.org.
→ The Sciencenter
in Ithaca, NY, has a little nano sprinkled throughout all their programming this summer. At summer camp, Shrinking Robots!
is featured in a day on building challenges, and thin films are explored during a day on light and color. Floor staff are presenting nano activities in the exhibit galleries, including Memory Metal
. And nanoscientists from Cornell University will give guest presentations on their research for museum visitors. For more information, contact Rae Ostman at email@example.com.
→ The Buffalo Museum of Science
is also integrating nano throughout their summer programming. Museum visitors are using NanoDays activities such as Exploring Properties—Gravity
on the exhibit floor and in a physical science activity station. And, of course, Buffalo summer campers
will also enjoy nano activities every day! Douglas Borzynski has the details on these programs and more featuring NISE Net programs and activities: firstname.lastname@example.org.
→ Two new blogs on nisenet.org
→ What stank about NanoDays?
→ Even more nano jobs
→ Adaptations of the Nanoparticle Stained Glass activity
The Sciencenter made some changes to the Nanoparticle Stained Glass cart activity
in the catalog for NanoDays. To find out what they did (and their most frequently asked question), check out Rae Ostman's comment. While you're there, take a look at some of the changes we've made to the catalog
, it's had a bit of a makeover.
Playing in unseen smallness
Can anyone hear?
by Karen Pollard of the Science Museum of Minnesota (And for those of you who were wondering, you can hear the nano radio! Listen here