Lafayette, Colorado - NanoDays at WOW! Children's Museum is part of a nationwide festival of educational programs about nanoscale science and engineering. This year, WOW! will host activities at the Museum on March 24th, March 25th and March 26th from 10:00am-1:00pm each day.  NanoDays is organized by the Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network (NISE Net). This community-based event is the largest national public outreach effort in nanoscale informal science education and involves science museums, children’s museums, research centers, and universities from Puerto Rico to Hawaii.

 

NanoDays creates learning experiences for both children and adults to explore the miniscule world of atoms, molecules, and nanoscale forces.  NanoDays events combine fun hands-on activities with presentations on current research. A range of exciting NanoDays programs demonstrate the special and unexpected properties found at the nanoscale, examine tools used by nanoscientists, showcase nano materials with spectacular promise, and invite discussion of technology and society.

 

The local community can experience many of these activities firsthand at WOW! Children's Museum. 

"Our hands-on NanoDays activities invite our visitors to experiment with heat transfer, to investigate how scientists use special tools to study tiny things and to imagine how nanotechnology could change our future!  Other activities will include returning favorites such as air cannons and nano pants,” said Renee Guerrero, Education Director, WOW! Children's Museum.

 

WOW! will host NanoDays activities during BVSD Spring Break on March 24th, March 25th and March 26th from 10:00am–1:00pm each day. NanoDays activities are included with Museum admission.  Additionally, the Museum is presenting NanoDays activities at the Mamie Doud Eisenhower Public Library in Broomfield on April 11th from 2:00pm-4:00pm. 

 

WOW! is seeking volunteers to assist with NanoDays programs.  For more information about volunteering, please contact Kim Brown, Volunteer Director, kim@wowchildrensmuseum.org.

 

About WOW! Children’s Museum: 

Founded in 1996, WOW! Children's Museum (World of Wonder) is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization that is dedicated to providing educational interactive exhibits, activities, and programs for all children – bringing families together in a creative environment that sparks imagination, inspires learning through play, and supports school readiness.

 

For more information:  Visit www.wowchildrensmuseum.org

 

More about Nano and NISE Network

At the nanoscale—the scale of atoms and molecules—many common materials exhibit unusual properties. Our ability to manipulate matter at this size enables innovations that weren’t possible before. Nanotechnology is revolutionizing research and development in medicine, computing, new materials, food, energy, and other areas.

Nano will affect our economy, the environment, and our personal lives. Some scientists think that future nanotechnologies and materials could transform our lives as much as cars, the personal computer, or the Internet! But the costs, risks, and benefits of this new technology can be difficult to understand, both for experts and for the general public. The NISE Network helps museums, research institutions, and the public learn from each other about this emerging field so that together we can make informed decisions.

The Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network (NISE Net) is a national community of researchers and informal science educators dedicated to fostering public awareness, engagement, and understanding of nanoscale science, engineering, and technology. The NISE Network community in the United States is led by 12 organizations, and includes hundreds of museums and universities nationwide. NISE Net was launched in 2005 with funding from the National Science Foundation, and received a five-year renewal in 2010.

 

Through products like NanoDays, the NISE Network is actively building partnerships between science museums and research centers to increase their capacity to engage the public in learning about nanoscale science and engineering.

 

For more information about NISE Net or to download a digital NanoDays kit please visit:

http://www.nisenet.org/nanodays

 

For more information about Nano please visit:

http://www.whatisnano.org

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