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NanoDays

March 28 - April 5, 2015

NanoDaysNanoDays at the Science Museum of Minnesota is part of a nationwide festival of educational programs about nanoscale science and engineering.

On March 28 from 12-4 p.m., come explore the minuscule world of atoms, molecules, and nanoscale forces! Take part in hands-on activities throughout the museum that demonstrate the special and unexpected properties found at the nanoscale; play with magnetic liquid, turn a nickel into a penny, learn to speak computer-ese, bend metal with your bare hands (then watch as it bends itself back!), make something disappear, and much more.

National NanoDays events run from March 28 to April 5, 2015. Twin Cities audiences will be able to participate in hands-on activities, live stage performances, special guest programming, and more, at locations across Minneapolis and Saint Paul. The Bakken Museum, the University of Minnesota Nanofabrication Center, Sabathani Community Center, and SELF International are all taking part in the celebration of all thing nano-scale!

Just what is nano?

 

Nano is anything that is so small that you measure it in nanometers. A nanometer is one-billionth of a meter—that's 100,000 times smaller than the width of a hair! That means anything nano is really small. Because these particles are so small, they often act differently on the nanoscale. For example, nanoparticles of gold can look red, orange, green, or purple!

Nanotechnology will affect all of us—from everyday things like clothing that won't stain, to extraordinary medical discoveries that will save lives.

For more information about nanotechnology, visit www.whatisnano.org.