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March 30 - April 7, 2013
NanoDays at the Science Museum of Minnesota is part of a nationwide festival of educational programs about nanoscale science and engineering.
On March 30, and April 4-6, from 1-4 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; bend metal with your bare hands (then watch as it bends itself back!), move something without touching it, learn to speak computer-ese, make something disappear, and much more.
National NanoDays events run from March 30 to April 7, 2013, but Twin Cities audiences will be able to participate in hands-on activities, live stage performances, special guest programming and more, from March 30 to April 13 at locations across the Twin Cites. Continue reading to find out what The Bakken, the University of Minnesota, the Children's Museum of Minnesota, and SELF International are doing to celebrate the tiny world of nano.
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.
Here's what other people around the Metro are doing for NanoDays:
On Saturday, April 13, The Bakken's monthly "Free Second Saturday" will focus on the theme of nanoscale science. Throughout the day there will be hands-on experiments and demonstrations, free make-and- takes, and special nano-themed presentations, all for FREE! Check out more information about Free Second Saturdays at www.thebakken.org/saturday.
The University of Minnesota
Minnesota Children's Museum