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March 29 - April 6, 2014

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

On March 29 and April 5, 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; 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 29 to April 6, 2014, but Twin Cities audiences will be able to participate in hands-on activities, live stage performances, special guest programming and more, from March 25 to April 12 at locations across the Twin Cites. Continue reading to find out what The Bakken, the University 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

Here's what other people around the Metro are doing for NanoDays:

The Bakken
The Bakken Museum will be hosting NanoDays during their monthly "Free Second Saturday" event on April 12. Throughout the day there will be hands-on experiments and demonstrations, free make-and- takes, and special nano-themed presentations, all for FREE! Learn more about Free Second Saturdays at

Additionaly, from 12-4pm on April 1-5, there will be a few special nanoscience-themed activities in the museum for guests to explore. These activities are included in the regular cost of admission.

SELF International
Join SELF at the Sabathani Community Center in Minneapolis on April 5, from 1-5 p.m. for a fun-filled day of nano exploration. Enjoy refreshments as you participate in hands-on activities (presented in both English and Spanish), meet real nanoscientists, and preview SELF's new science program!