Saturday, March 29, 2014

The Delaware Museum of Natural History celebrates the science of small at NanoDay on Saturday, March 29, 2014 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Family-friendly activities illustrate the world at the nanoscale, making this new field of science accessible and fun.

Visitors can:

  • Experiment with UV materials and watch them magically turn into different colors.
  • Marvel at experiments that turn solids into liquids instantly.
  • Explore robotics and the nanotechnology used to create mini robots.
  • Test their nano science skills at building sturctures
  • "Magically" move air molecules to spin a pinwheel.

"Nano" is the scientific term for one-billionth, from the Greek word meaning "dwarf." Nanoscale refers to measurements of 1 - 100 nanometers, where many common materials exhibit unusual properties such as lower resistance to electricity or faster chemical reactions.

NanoDay at the Delaware Museum of Natural History is part of a nationwide festival of educational programs about nanoscale science and engineering supported by the Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network. 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 event is a fantastic way for people of all ages to learn about nanoscience and nanotechnology," said Executive Director Halsey Spruance. "NanoDay creates a dialogue about science that everyone can participate in."

NanoDay celebrations create unique new learning experiences for both children and adults to explore the miniscule world of atoms, molecules, and nanoscale forces. A range of exciting NanoDay 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.

WHAT: NanoDay, a special event exploring the science of small with hands-on activities for families.
WHERE: Delaware Museum of Natural History, 4840 Kennett Pike, Wilmington, DE  19807
DATE: Saturday, March 29, 2014
TIME: 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 
ADMISSION: $9 for adults, $7 for children (3-17), $8 for seniors, FREE for children 2 and younger. FREE for Museum members.

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