Nano is an interactive exhibition that engages family audiences in nanoscale science, engineering, and technology. Hands-on exhibits present the basics of nanoscience and engineering, introduce some real world applications, and explore the societal and ethical implications of this new technology.
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About the exhibition
Nano was created by the Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network (NISE Network) with support from the National Science Foundation. The Nano exhibition is intended for long-term display in museums across the United States, where it will engage millions of people. Up to fifty copies of Nano will be fabricated; all copies will be identical and distributed to museum partners free of charge. The exhibition complements NanoDays events and other NISE Network educational experiences.
This project was supported by the National Science Foundation under Award Nos. ESI-0532536 and 0940143. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this exhibition are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Foundation.
- What happens when things get smaller?
- What’s new about nano?
- Where can you find nano?
- What does nano mean for us?
- Seating and Reading Area
Small, Smaller, Nano: visitors explore progressively smaller magnetic materials — magnetite sand, iron powder, and ferrofluid.
Build a Giant Carbon Nanotube: visitors work together to build a giant model of a carbon nanotube.
I Spy Nano: visitors try a series of interactive challenges, then search a complex image for examples of real nano products and phenomena
Balance our Nano Future: visitors balance blocks on a tippy table, which represents the challenge of working together to build a stable nano future.
Reading Area: visitors sit comfortably while learning more from books and reading boards.
Static vs. Gravity: visitors spin disks containing small and large plastic beads, comparing the relative effects of static electricity and gravity on different size beads.
Where can I see the exhibition?
Be sure to check with the museum for dates it will be on display before you visit.
Museums are listed alphabetically by state.
- Challenger Learning Center
- McWane Science Center
- Arizona Science Center
- Children's Museum Tucson
- Lawrence Hall of Science
- Turtle Bay Exploration Park
- Reuben H. Fleet Science Center
San Diego, CA
- Fort Collins Museum of Discovery
Fort Collins, CO
- Stepping Stones Museum for Children
- Miami Science Museum
- Science Center of Iowa
Des Moines, IA
- Children's Discovery Museum
- Exploration Place
- Louisville Science Center
- Louisiana Art and Science Museum
Baton Rouge, LA
- The Discovery Museums
- The Museum of Science, Boston
- Port Discovery Children's Museum
- Maine Discovery Museum
- Science Museum of Minnesota
Saint Paul, MN
- Duluth Children's Museum
- University of Montana
- Saint Louis Science Center
Saint Louis, MO
- Discovery Place
- Museum of Life and Science
- Newark Museum
- Princeton Public Library
- The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History
- Buffalo Museum of Science
- Children's Museum of Science and Technology
- Center of Science and Industry (COSI)
- Leonardo's Discovery Museum
- ScienceWorks Hands-on Museum
- Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI)
- Da Vinci Science Centerr
- University of Puerto Rico, Humacao
- South Dakota Discovery Center
- Creative Discovery Museum
- Don Harrington Discovery Center
- Austin Children's Museum
- Sci-Tech Discovery Center
- Children's Museum of Houston
- Science Spectrum
- Natural History Museum of Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
- Danville Science Center
- Palouse Discovery Science Center
- Pacific Science Center
- The Science Zone