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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

2015 Twin Cities NanoDays—Partner Events

The Bakken Museum
3537 Zenith Ave S, Minneapolis

Saturdays March 7, 21, 28, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Spring Break, March 31-April 3, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Discovery Days April 4, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

The Bakken is celebrating NanoDays throughout March, leading to Discovery Days: Nano on April 4. Visitors will learn the ins and outs of nanoscience by joining us for entertaining performances, experiments and crafts including making stained "glass" windows! Visitors can participate in a Scavenger Hunt, explore nanotechnology inspired by nature and take advantage of the photo opportunity to "Dress like a Nano Scientist!" Dozens of nano activities will be available, so mark your calendar today!

SELF International at Sabathani Community Center
310 38th St, Minneapolis

April 4, 1-4 p.m.

SELF International's 4th annual NanoDays celebration is open to the whole community, providing equal opportunity for everyone to experience FUN, hands-on, cutting-edge science activities, videos, games, drawings, prizes, and a special presentation by Dr. James Marti of the University of Minnesota! Suggested donation $5 per family; lunch included.

The University of Minnesota Nano Center

April 7, 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m.

The Minnesota Nano Center is hosting NanoDays at the University of Minnesota. Our event will include:

  • a tour of our new clean room, where we make nanoscale devices
  • learning how integrated circuits work and how they are made
  • tours of University labs involved with nano-science research
  • hands-on activities that allow visitors to explore some nanoscale phenomena

The event will be attended by about 100 students from Washington Technology Magnet School in St. Paul.