Events Calendar

Nanoscience Adventures

Location: WonderLab Museum
Date: April 6, 2013 - April 6, 2013
Time: 12:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Members: Free
Nonmembers: Museum Admission
Audience: Elem, Teen, Adult

Nanoscience AdventuresGo beyond the microscopic world to the nano world, and discover the science and unexpected properties of ordinary matter at the submolecular level! Multiple activity stations will offer children and adults a new perspective on "the science of scale," especially compared to what can be seen with the unaided human eye or even at the microscopic level. Special activities, which are included with museum admission, will be available on Saturday from 12:00 - 3:30 pm and on Sunday from 1:30 - 4:30 pm. Alpha Chi Sigma, the Indiana University professional chemistry fraternity, will offer special activities on Saturday. Faculty and students from the Indiana University Department of Chemistry laboratories of professors Brown, Jacobson and Yu will offer activities highlighting their ongoing nano science research on Sunday. Other highlights:

If You Were Nano Size
See what some familiar things would look like if you were shrunk down to nano size. Would you recognize the objects from your new perspective?

Nanoscience Twister
Have a blast learning nanoscience concepts as you play a nanoscience themed version of "Twister"!

Nano 3D
Scientists can't actually see a nano-sized object, but they have technology that can sense the surface of the nano-sized object  and then create a 3D model of it. Mimic this process by drawing an image of a mystery object you can touch, but not see, in a box, and then view it with 3D glasses.

Bending Light
Make a color-changing bracelet to take home with you as you learn how scientists create invisibility technology and color-changing materials by bending light.

Carbon Nanotube Sculpture
Help construct a giant model of a carbon nanotube, which will get longer and longer throughout the day until it reaches the ceiling of the museum! Then imagine a space elevator built by super strong carbon nanotubes, and draw your own concept of a space elevator to take home.

Smaller and Smaller
Mimic one of the ways scientists make nano-sized things by cutting a larger object into smaller and smaller pieces. Then have fun creating a gooey substance to mimic the "bottom up" method scientists use to make nano-sized things from single-molecule components that arrange themselves into some useful substance.

Nano All Around Us
Discover some surprising applications of nanoscience to stuff you probably have in your home! Explore how nanoscience may change your life in the future.

Nanoscience Adventures is part of NanoDaysTM, a nationwide festival of educational programs to help the public understand emerging nanoscale science and engineering. Nanotechnology is revolutionizing research and development in medicine, computing, new materials, food, energy, and other areas. Some scientists think that future nanotechnologies and materials could transform our lives as much as cars or the personal computer. NanoDays is organized by the Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network (NISE Net) with support from the National Science Foundation.