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Zoom Into Nano is arranged into four sub-theme areas:
1. Small, Smaller, Nano
Get oriented to three size scales in this exhibit cluster:
- small (greater than 100 micrometers)
- smaller (1 to 100 micrometers)
- nano (less than 100 nanometers)
There are 1,000,000,000 (one billion) nanometers in a meter!
Watch a video introducing key exhibition concepts. Two additional panels without audiovisuals are provided for use in lobbies or at other entries.
View three different magnifications of familiar objects (such as a butterfly wing, oyster shell and salt crystal) to see that all matter is made of atoms.
Zoom into Nano
Turn a wheel to zoom in and out from the macroscopic world to the nanoscopic world and back again. Go at your own speed to explore these fascinating objects (four stations):
- butterfly wing
- oyster shell
- computer chip
- dragonfly wing
Use your senses to lead you on a nano journey from
- small (sand)
- smaller (dust)
- nano (smell)
Discover that molecules are too small to see but not too small to smell.
2. Making Nano Structures
Try two different ways to make very, very tiny structures and devices: move lots of atoms at once (Shrink a Pattern), or move atoms one-by-one (Atom Transporter).
Shrink a Pattern
Design patterns of translucent colored discs. The light and lenses will shrink the pattern to make it many times smaller.
Arrange individual atoms into a pattern while the atoms are in motion. Are you up to the challenge?
3. Seeing Nano Structures
Models of atoms and molecules are enlarged to 100 million times their actual size within this courtyard of exhibits. View, build, and stretch molecules while exploring their shape and structure. Experience the constant motion of atoms and molecules.
See that atoms and molecules are always moving — even in solid objects.
Immerse yourself in a crystal's repeating pattern of atoms that seem to go on forever.
Feel the atoms as you move among the carbon nanotubes. Learn about their potential uses.
Stretch a Molecule
Use your hands to grab and pull apart the ends of a virtual RNA molecule. When you let go, the molecule folds back up into its favorite shape. (Full Body Interactive Video Installation)
Dissolve a Crystal
Dissolve a virtual crystal of salt using your body's movement to generate "heat." (Full Body Interactive Video Installation)
Build a Molecule
Have fun creating your own molecular models against a background of compelling imagery showing the beauty and complexity of the molecular world. (Includes banners and moving video projection.)
Build a Carbon Nanotube
How high can you go? Work in a group to build up gigantic carbon nanotube models.
Banners and Video Projections
Enhance and expand vertical spaces with eight 3'x8' double-sided banners, and optional video projection of up to 9'x12'.
4. Nano and Me
Learn about some highlights of the implications of current and future developments in nanoscale science and engineering.
Portages into Nanotechnology
Learn how scientists are using nanotechnology to develop new tools and materials that may affect our lives. (4 video kiosks)
Listen to a Nano Story
Sit back and listen to stories about nanotechnology from the popular Earth and Sky radio series. (2 coffee table stations surrounded by benches; flexible layout.)