Did you catch the new Nano mini-exhibition on display in the NISE Network booth at ASTC this year? After the exhibit hall closed down, the mini-exhibition made its way to its new home at Port Discovery Children’s Museum in Baltimore. Port Discovery has actively been building a platform of STEM learning for their young audience, focusing on stimulating curiosity and self-direction through authentic first-hand encounters with objects, images, and processes upon which science is based. Their partnership with the NISE Network has strengthened this platform, creating an ideal opportunity to debut the mini-exhibition.
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.
A visitor explores solar panels made by local industry partner Konarka at the Museum of Science 2010 NanoDays. Photo by Josh Reynolds.
Our NISE Net partners at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History recently organized a number of events with Yale materials scientist and NISE Net advisor Ainissa Ramirez as part of their “Cool Science Week.”
Dozens of children participated in the second annual Nano Piccola event in Gagliato, Italy, in July, which gave kids a chance to learn about nanotechnology and nanomedicine through hands-on activities and (little) talks by researchers from The Methodist Hospital Research Institute (TMHRI) in Houston, USA. TMHRI also held an event in Houston as part of the Gagliato. (watch video).
In 2008, Dennis Clougherty, a physics professor at the University of Vermont, called up nearby ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center to see if they’d be interested in working together to host a NanoDays event. In the three years since, ECHO and UVM have developed an ongoing partnership.
What do 17th-century Japanese literature and a science summer camp in Syracuse, NY have in common? Haiku!
The Milton J. Rubenstein Museum of Science and Technology (MOST) in Syracuse, New York has been working to incorporate nano content into their ongoing summer camp program. As part of that effort, they’re using the haikus from the Nano Bite newsletter to spark discussions about science content.
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.