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Special Limited Engagement Exhibition

Imagine and discover a world you can't see

nano, a special limited mini-exhibition, engages families in nanoscale science, engineering and technology. Hands-on exhibits present the basics of nanoscience and engineering, introduce some real world applications and explore the societal and ethical implications of this new technology.

nano was created by the Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network (NISE Network) with support from the National Science Foundation.


What happens when things get smaller?
Small, Smaller, Nano:
Visitors explore progressively smaller magnetic materials — magnetite sand, iron powder, and ferrofluid.

What's new about nano?
Build a Giant Carbon Nanotube:
Visitors work together to build a giant model of a carbon nanotube.

Where can you find nano?
I Spy Nano:
Visitors try a series of interactive challenges, then search a complex image for examples of real nano products and phenomena.

What does nano mean for us?
Balance Our Nano Future:
Visitors balance blocks on a tippy table, which represents the challenge of working together to build a stable nano future.

Seating and Reading Area
Static vs. Gravity:
Spin disks containing small and large plastic beads, comparing the relative effects of static electricity and gravity on different size beads.

Reading Area:
Sit comfortably while learning more from books and reading boards.

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