NanoDays: The Biggest Event for the Smallest Science
Queens, N.Y. – Small is big at the New York Hall of Science (NYSCI) during NanoDays, an event that celebrates nanoscience, the study of manipulating matter on an atomic and molecular scale. From March 26 to April 3, NYSCI hosts a range of hands-on activities for visitors that help demystify this important and growing area of science.
Activities are free with general NYSCI admission and are available March 26 to April 3, weekends from 11 am – 5 pm, Tuesday – Thursday from 11 am – 1 pm, and Fridays from 11 am – 4 pm.
Exploring Tools – Mitten Challenge
Engineers need to use proper tools for the jobs they complete. See if you can create a Lego house while wearing cooking mittens.
Exploring Materials – Thin Films
Discover how butterfly wings and peacock features get their colors in this take-home activity.
Exploring Forces – Nano Fabric
The application of nano-sized whiskers can protect clothing from stains. In this hands-on activity, you will investigate the hydrophobic properties of pants made from “Nano Fabric.”
Exploring Products – Nano Sand
Materials can act differently when nanometer-sized. Learn all about this while playing with “Nano Sand,” sand that repels water.
NanoDays at NYSCI is part of a nationwide festival of educational programs about nanoscale science and engineering. Organized by the Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network (NISE Net), NanoDays takes place nationally from March 26 through April 3. This community-based event is the largest public outreach effort in nanoscale informal science education and involves science museums, research centers and universities from Puerto Rico to Alaska.
This project is based on work supported by the National Science Foundation under Award Numbers ESI-05322536 and 0940143. NanoDays™ is trademarked by North Carolina State University and used by NISE Net with permission.