Nano Mini-Exhibition

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Nano is an interactive exhibition that engages family audiences in nanoscale science, engineering, and technology. Hands-on exhibits present the basics of nanoscience and engineering, introduce some real world applications, and explore the societal and ethical implications of this new technology. Nano was created by the Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network (NISE Network) with support from the National Science Foundation. The Nano exhibition is intended for long-term display in museums across the United States, where it will engage tens of millions of people. 93 copies of Nano were distributed to museum partners free of charge across the United States. The exhibition complements NanoDays events and other NISE Network educational experiences.


1) List of Host Resources
2) Description: one page flyer, Guide -Creating a Small-Footprint Exhibition with Big Impact 
3) Technical Manual
4) Educator Guide
5) Engaging the Public in Nano: Key Concepts in Nanoscale Science, Engineering, and Technology
6) Audiences: Universal Design Approach, Audio Description, Bilingual Signage
7) Marketing Materials: Color specifications,Tagline, Logos, Fonts, Sample press release
8) Signage and Graphics
9) Books and Reading Boards
10) Evaluation
11) Sample MOU agreement for loaning / ownership





Big Idea

Nano focuses on the basics of nanoscience, real world applications of nano, and the societal and ethical implications of this new technology.

Nano Content Map
Nanometer-sized things are very small, and often behave differently than larger things do.
Scientists and engineers have formed the interdisciplinary field of nanotechnology by investigating properties and manipulating matter at the nanoscale.
Nanoscience, nanotechnology, and nanoengineering lead to new knowledge and innovations that weren't possible before.
Nanotechnologies—and their costs, utility, risks, and benefits—are closely interconnected with society and with our values.


Year created

Developed for the NISE Network with funding from the National Science Foundation under Award Numbers 0532536 and 0940143. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this product are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Foundation.

Owning institution

Science Museum of Minnesota


Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike 3.0 United States (CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 US).
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Development Process

NISE Network products are developed through an iterative collaborative process that includes scientific review, peer review, and visitor evaluation in accordance with an inclusive audiences approach. Products are designed to be easily edited and adapted for different audiences under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike license. To learn more, visit our Development Process page.