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NanoDays 2014

Hands-on Programs

March 29 - April 6
Weekdays 11:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Weekends 11:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

is a nationwide festival of educational programs about nanoscale science and engineering and its potential impact on the future. NanoDays events are organized by participants in the Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network (and take place at over 200 science museums, research centers, and universities across the country from Puerto Rico to Hawaii). NanoDays engages people of all ages in learning about this emerging field of science, which holds the promise of developing revolutionary materials and technologies.

While several communities conducted NanoDays events in prior years, the first nationwide week of events took place in 2008 with more than 100 institutions participating. This has grown to more than 200 events over the past years.
On  March 31-April 6, 2014, The Tech Museum of Innovation will celebrate nanotechnology.  Explore nanoscience with different daily offerings from a variety of wonderful hands-on programs.

Hands-on programs will run from 11:00 a.m - 2:30 p.m Monday, March 31 - Friday, April 4 and 11:30 a.m-4:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 5 and Sunday, April 6.  NanoDays at The Tech will consist of a variety of specialized Nano-themed programming.  Below is a sample of some programs that will be available during NanoDays.  *Programs are subject to change.
Visitors make self-assembled polymer spheres. They learn that self-assembly is a process by which molecules and cells form themselves into functional structures, and that self-assembly is used to make nanocapsules that can deliver medication. 
A hands on activity in which visitors compare the properties of a memory metal spring to an ordinary spring. They learn that the way a material behaves on the macroscale is affected by its structure on the nanoscale. 
A hands on activity in which visitors investigate how glass objects can be "hidden" in some liquids. They learn that researchers can use nanotechnology to engineer new materials that interact with light in special ways. 
A hands-on activity in which visitors use ultraviolet light to change the color of beads that contain photochromic dye. They learn that the UV beads change color as a result of nanoscale shifts in the shape of the dye molecules. 
Exploring Materials-Oobleck!
A hands on activity in which visitors investigate the properties of a cornstarch and water mixture and test its ability to protect from impacts. Visitors learn that similar nanomaterials can be used in new personal protective equipment.

Exploring Properties-Capillary Action
A hands on activity in which visitors explore how liquids flow in narrow spaces. Visitors investigate how this behavior allows liquids to flow against gravity and soak into coffee filters.