Nanoscience Exhibit travels Nebraska museums
Imagine and discover a world you can’t see! “Nano” is an exciting exhibition for families to learn about the extremely small scale of science, technology and engineering—with a nanometer measuring one billionth of a meter. Interactions of materials at this tiny level shape our world in powerful ways.
This 400-square-foot exhibit is traveling to museums across Nebraska:
- June - Aug 2015: Strategic Air and Space Museum, Ashland
- Sept - Dec 2015 & Jan 2016: Hastings Museum
- Feb - May 2016: The Edgerton Explorit Center, Aurora
- June - Aug 2016: Kearney Area Children’s Museum
- Sept - Dec 2016: The Eleanor Barbour Cook Museum, Chadron State College
- Jan - Mar 2017: The Wayne State College A. Jewell Schock Museum of Natural History and the Fred G. Dale Planetarium
With funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the exhibit was awarded by NISE Net—the Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network--to University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Nebraska Center for Materials and Nanoscience (NCMN) and Nebraska EPSCoR.
The Nano Exhibit includes hands-on, interactive stations—interesting and informative for all ages—that invite exploration of nano phenomena and real world applications and implications. “It’s a great opportunity for families to find out about nanoscience as an area of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM),” said Terese Janovec, NCMN’s assistant director and education/outreach coordinator.
The exhibit holds some surprises, said Lindsey Moore, outreach coordinator for Nebraska’s Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR). At the Small, Smaller, Nano area, play with magnets to explore how material behaves differently at different sizes. At the Build a Giant Carbon Nanotube zone, exhibit guests can use foam construction pieces to make a large model of a tiny but amazing structure called a carbon nanotube. The Where Can You Find Nano? section offers opportunities to look, listen and touch to discover nano all around.
The Nano Exhibit's interactive panels provide information--in English and Spanish--on nanoscale solutions to the world’s big challenges. Entry to the Nano Exhibit is included in any admission fees of the museums listed.
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