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Families enjoy learning the science of super-small at the Nano Exhibit, now traveling among Nebraska museums

Nanoscience Exhibit travels Nebraska museums
Autumn 2016

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:

  1. June - Aug 2015: Strategic Air and Space Museum, Ashland
  2. Sept - Dec 2015 & Jan 2016: Hastings Museum
  3. Feb - May 2016: The Edgerton Explorit Center, Aurora
  4. June - Aug 2016: Kearney Area Children’s Museum
  5. Sept - Dec 2016: The Eleanor Barbour Cook Museum, Chadron State College
  6. 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.


Previous Highlights:

Summer 2016: NSF awards $20M to Nebraska for plant-soil research
Spring 2016: Tribal colleges gain NSF-funded chemistry curriculum
Winter 2016: Team science takes a closer look: CNFM develops OACM
Autumn 2015: NSF's Track-2 FEC grants include three Nebraska teams
Summer 2015: YNS camps' STEM spans state
Spring 2015: Nebraska team sequences algal strain's genome to spur biofuels development
Winter 2015: From lab bench to local test beds
Autumn 2014: Stimuli responsive polymers aid control of nanohybrid material properties
Summer 2014: Announcing Track2 Grant for Ultrafast AMO Physics
Spring 2014: Making Algae for Biofuels More Abundant
Winter 2014: Nanohybrids - the Foundation of New Sensors
Summer 2013: Unlocking the Carbon Concentrating Mechanism in Algae
Autumn 2012: Shining a New Light with Nano Sensing Methods


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National Institute of Health

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