Posted: March 31, 2008

UC Santa Barbara to host 'Nanodays' activities for local youth

(Nanowerk News) UC Santa Barbara will host special education activities and exhibits, designed to educate and engage the local Santa Barbara community in the growing fields of nanoscale science and nanotechnologies, at UCSB’s Elings Hall on Saturday, April 5, from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. These activities are hosted by the California NanoSystems Institute and the NSF Center for Nanotechnology in Society at UCSB, and are part of the first annual “NanoDays,” sponsored by the Nanoscale Informal Science Education (NISE) Network, as a national education effort during the week of March 31 – April 6, 2008. Interactive education activities are designed for ages 8+. All are welcome to attend this free event.
Hands-on activities include:
  • Demonstration of the special ability to recognize nanoscale objects using scent; simulation of the difficult of nanoscale design using Legos and over mitts; construction of models of carbon nanotubes using Post-Its™; and exploration of the nanoscale range using paper and scissors.
  • Exploration of Too Small To See-2, a nanotechnology education exhibit, designed for children ages 8 and up which include many hands-on activities such as viewing common objects through microscopes at varying levels, building atomic models; learning how scientists manipulate matter at the nanoscale with the Atom Transporter, and interacting with projected images of molecules in a salt crystal to see changes that occur when energy is added.
  • Additional education activities include:
  • Presentations of research by graduate fellows with the Center for Nanotechnology in Society (CNS), a National Science Foundation-funded center to explore the historical contexts of nanotechnologies, the institutional and industrial processes of nanotechnological innovation and global diffusion, and the risk perception and response to nanotechnologies.
  • An interactive display of consumer products using nanotechnologies that are already on the market, such as stain-free fabric, lens cloths, metal polish, and memory storage devices such as CDs and DVDs. The Woodrow Wilson Project on Emerging Technologies recently identified over 500 such consumer products already on the market.
  • Other sites participating in the NISE Nano Days are the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the Discovery Center (Springfield, Missouri), the Science Works Museum (Southern Oregon), and the Bradbury Science Museum (Los Alamos, NM).
    All NanoDays exhibits and activities are free and open to the public. Parking is available for $3.00 in UCSB’s Parking Lot 10. Campus maps are available online:

    Meredith Murr

    CNSI Education Coordinator

    (805) 893-3360

    Valerie Walston

    CNS Communication Coordinator

    (805) 893-8850

    Source: UC Santa Barbara
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