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Sciencenter Invites Visitors to Test New Prototype Exhibits

November 18, 2005

ITHACA, NY - In December, Sciencenter visitors can help test prototype exhibits as part of a new science museum exhibition. Too Small to See: Zoom into Nanotechnology will focus on how we see and make things that are too small to see. By taking museum visitors on a small, smaller, nano journey, children and adults will be immersed in experiences, images and models representing the structures and processes that exist at this very small scale.

"By helping us test new exhibits and providing us with their feedback, visitors play an important role in ensuring the success of the exhibition," said Hester Vermaak, Sciencenter PR Manager. "This is a great way for our local community members to be a part of our new exhibition, that once complete, will travel to museums throughout the US."

Visitors can climb around carbon nanotubes, interact with a vibrating crystal, walk through an infinity crystal tunnel, and build a molecule.

Designed for 8-13 year olds and their families, the purpose of the exhibition is to excite children about nano-sized materials and concepts. The exhibition will introduce museum visitors to Nanoscale science and engineering, the process through which materials are manipulated on the molecular scale to generate very, very small structures and devices.

Funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation, Too Small to See is a collaborative project of the Sciencenter, Main Street Science (the education program of Cornell's Nanobiotechnology Center) and Painted Universe (a design and fabrication firm in Lansing). This is the same collaborative team that designed and fabricated the popular It's a Nano World traveling exhibition for 5-8 year olds which is now on a national museum tour.

Slated for completion in 2007, Too Small to See will be open to the public at the Sciencenter prior to traveling on a national tour.

The Sciencenter, located at 601 First Street in Ithaca, is a hands-on science museum for people of all ages with over 200 exhibits, a full range of on and off-site educational programs, an outdoor science park, a seasonal 18-hole miniature golf course, and a gift shop. For calendar and membership information, current programs, exhibits and activities, please visit www.sciencenter.org. The Sciencenter is a proud member of Ithaca's Discovery Trail; more information can be found at www.DiscoveryTrail.com.

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