Fact or Fiction? employs graphic panels and constructible toy "nanobots" to teach visitors what’s real in nanotechnology, and what remains science fiction. Learn about the potential risks and benefits that could come with nanoscale robots, and the challenges that still prevent us from creating them. Build a toy nanobot—what could it do if it were real?
This exhibit was part of the Nanotechnology: What's the Big Deal? exhibition which toured the Arkansas Discovery Network beginning in 2010.
Many real examples of nanotechnology do exist, but others (such as nanobots) are imaginary.
Nano is very, very small.
Nanotechnology is real and can be found in applications such as clothing and sports equipment
Nanobots are not real and do not currently exist.
There are many challenges related to creating a nano-sized robot.
In the future, nanobots might exist and might be able to do useful things. Future examples of nanobots include applications in medicine.
There might be unintended consequences to creating nanobots.
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.
Sciencenter, Ithaca, NY
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