Nanomedicine Explorer Kiosk exhibit

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The Nanomedicine Explorer is an interactive, updateable multimedia kiosk and media package, that is also available as a component of the Nanomedicine Exhibition. Visitors can explore a variety of topics and specific research areas in cancer nanomedicine through vivid animations and video story-telling up close with a diverse group of researchers. Interactive features include games, polls, and options to dig deeper into the material. Fully bilingual English/Espanol. Visitors can text message or email themselves a link to the companion website. Produced with support from the NIH NCRR SEPA program. The multimedia package can also be loaded into any computer display or custom-built cabinet to augment existing health, medicine,and nanotechnology exhibits.

This exhibit was part of the Nanotechnology: What's the Big Deal? exhibition which toured the Arkansas Discovery Network beginning in 2010.

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Big Idea

The field of nanomedicine is rapidly expanding and may soon bring us long-hoped for improvements in areas such as cancer detection and treatment. Researchers from different fields bring together their expertise to develop novel and sometimes revolutionary approaches to the detection and treatment of disease. All new approaches must go through rigorous safety and efficacy testing procedures in vitro, in animal models, and in clinical trials before being approved.

Learning Goals

Nanomedicine is the applicaton of nanotechnology to medicine.

Nanotechnology is the science of the small and the engineering and applications of very small structures.

Nanomedicine researchers develop tiny materials, tools and devices that can work with extreme precision at the nanoscale, the scale of the molecules and cells that make up our bodies.

Nanotechnology has created many materials and devices with unique and distinctive features - providing a new "toolbox" to try to address many medical needs.

Experts from a variety of backgrounds and in a range of different science and engineering disciplines are coming together to address these challenges.

Research involves creativity, discipline, teamwork and inspiration; it is often rewarding in personal as well as professional ways.

What cancer is, and how it grows and metastasizes.

All new techniques must go through years of testing to ensure that they will work and that they will be safe.

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Nanoscience, nanotechnology, and nanoengineering lead to new knowledge and innovations that weren't possible before.


Year created

Developed for the NISE Network with funding from the National Science Foundation under Award Numbers 0532536 and 0940143. Support for content also from: the NIH NCRR SEPA program; and the Center for High-rate Nanomanufacturing (NSF 0425826). 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 NSF, NIH or CHN.

Owning institution

Museum of Science, Boston


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