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Nano! A Big Weekend for Small Science

Location: WonderLab Museum
Date: April 5, 2014 - April 5, 2014
Time: 12:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Members: Free
Nonmembers: Museum Admission
Audience: Elem
NISE photo of two children examining test tubeTake part in a national festival exploring this cutting edge area in the sciences, and its applications in technology and familiar products. Join in the fun offered at multiple activity stations exploring nanoscience concepts. Activities include:

Carbon Nanotube Model Learn how scientists use models to study the structure of things that are too small to see as you help create a giant two-story balloon sculpture of a carbon nano tube and learn about some of the amazing uses of this super strong material.

Nanosize Me! Find out how small nano really is by measuring yourself in nanometers and finding out how the world would look to you if you were very, very small.

Capillary Action Discover how very tiny forces are strong enough to defy gravity as you create a colorful work of art.

Small but Mighty Learn how magnets are used to create the numeric language of binary code, which is used to program computers, as you spell your name in binary code.

Nano Nickel Use chemistry and electricity to coat an ordinary nickel with nano-sized copper ions in a process called "electroplating." Take your "Nano Nickle" home as a souvenir!

Squeeze Me! Explore the piezoelectric effect, a property of some natural and man-made materials, which can produce electricity when squeezed. How can this effect be used to make electricity for people to use?

Nano Armor Explore the strange properties of Oobleck, which can act as a liquid AND a solid. Apply these properties of Oobleck to create liquid armor similar to the kind being created with nanotechnology for all kinds of live-saving protective equipment.

Would You Buy That? Come to an interactive demonstration to learn the good, the bad and the unknown of the use of nanoscale science and technology in everyday products.

 Scientists from the Yan Yu Lab in the Chemistry Department of  Indiana University will demonstrate how nanoscientists fabricate customized nano particles called "Janus particles." See also Sunday.

Sponsors:
Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network
F.A. Wilhelm Construction Co., Inc.