Celebrate NanoDays at the Sciencenter
Saturday, April 6, 12 pm — 4 pm
Explore nanoscale science and technology with 30+ hands-on activities, family-friendly presentations, and the Nano exhibition, all available in both English and Spanish. Plus, admission to the Sciencenter is free for NanoDays!
Check out this video to learn "What is Nano?"
A range of exciting NanoDays programs will demonstrate the special and unexpected properties found at the super tiny nanoscale; examine tools used by nanoscientists; showcase nano materials with spectacular promise; and invite discussion of technology and society. Guests will explore how 3D images are made, investigate new nano products and materials, discover the technology behind an invisibility cloak, and imagine how the world would be different if we could build an elevator to space!
Horton Hears a Who!, 12 pm
Toddlers and preschoolers are invited to hear bilingual readings of Dr. Seuss's Horton Hears a Who!, and then use their sense of smell to detect tiny things.
Special Showtime! Presentation: Can Nanotechnology Be Fashionable?, 2 pm
Join Cornell Professor of Fiber Science Juan Hinestroza to learn how nanotechnology can change what fabrics can do — conduct electricity, trap dangerous gases, kill bacteria or create color without the use of dyes or pigments!
Liquid Armor Demonstration, 3 pm
Sciencenter educators will help demonstrate the nanotechnology used to make protective fabrics, known as liquid body armor. Nanoscientists are mimicking the phenomenon behind Oobleck— a goo that flows like a liquid, then acts like a solid when force is applied— in creating reinforced, flexible fabrics.
Hands-On Nano Activities: 12 pm - 4 pm
Over 30 hands-on activities will be offered throughout the museum, delivered by Sciencenter staff, volunteers, and researchers from Cornell University, such as:
- You Decide! - Decide which technologies you would invent
- Computer Hard Drives - Explore how computer hard drives store information
- Liquid Crystal Displays - Investigate how the screen in your gadget works
- UV Bracelets - Make a bracelet that changes color
- Mystery Box - Discover how special microscopes work
Additional parking for NanoDays will be available at Neighborhood Pride Market, located one block from the Sciencenter.
More about NanoDays
NanoDays in Ithaca is part of an annual, nationwide festival of educational programs about nanoscale science and engineering. 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.
The Sciencenter has an important role in making NanoDays happen! Right here in Ithaca, we develop the primary set of educational activities used by hundreds of organizations every year. Each spring, visitors to NanoDays in Ithaca get to preview and try out activities that will become part of the national NanoDays events the following year!
For more information about nano please visit www.whatisnano.org
Special Thanks to:
Cornell Center for Materials Research
Cornell Institute for Biology Teachers
Cornell NanoScale Science & Technology Facility
Cornell Grass Roots GK-12 Program.