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Online Brown-Bag: Nano for Summer Camps (Recorded)

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The NISE Net runs a series of online brown-bag conversations focused on helping partners share their work and learn from others in the Network. The aim of the online brown-bag conversations is to increase the number of professional development opportunities available to our partners, create more channels for Network partners to learn from each other directly, and create ways for partners to follow-up on ideas or efforts that emerge at in-person meetings.

Nano for Summer Camps

January 9th, 2014
10 - 11 am PST / 1 - 2 pm EST


  • Organizer: Lizzie Hager-Barnard of the Lawrence Hall of Science (UC Berkeley)
  • Angela Ameling of the Hawaii Children’s Discovery Center
  • Michele Laverty of the National Ag Science Center
  • Meghan Schiedel of the Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum

Interested in discovering new ways to introduce nanoscience into your camps? Join us for a conversation about tips and best practices for incorporating nano into summer camps. Bring your ideas and questions, as you'll have a chance to share your experiences and ask the presenters questions.


Links and Other Resources


Lizzie compiled a number of other resources based on questions from the brown-bag:

The Hawaii Children's Discovery Center summer camp brochure (in PDF format)

Interested in purchasing stain-resistant clothing? Here are some possibilities:
(I don't have personal experience with these, but they seem like good options)

Many people were excited about the fortune-telling fish that Angela mentioned. Here are some places you can buy them:

The fortune fish's fun properties are explained by both Steve Spangler and Educational Innovations:

Some folks were also interested in making ferrofluids, but had trouble making them from a magnetic ink developer. Popular Science recommends three alternative methods, and in their opinion using a magnetic ink developer is the easiest method. They point out that "using a lower viscosity oil like kerosene or biodiesel along with a surfactant (citric acid, oleic acid, etc.) may improve the quality further." I think this makes a lot of sense, because surfactants can play a critical role in ferrofluids. 

Some people were also interested in activities that involved printers or stamping. Here are some activities related to these topics: