The online application for 2011 NanoDays kits is now live! The NISE Network renewal is exciting for many reasons – not the least of which is the continuation of NanoDays as the signature public outreach event for nanoscale science and technology. As we move into this second 5-year period, the NISE Net team will continue to develop and distribute high quality, hands-on activities for informal educators and research outreach specialists for public engagement about nano.
Summer may be drawing to a close, but the NISE Network is already gearing up for NanoDays 2011. While the finishing touches are put on some new activities and kit contents, I’d like to share some of the feedback collected from NanoDays 2010.
If you're a researcher, there's a big difference between talking about nano with fellow classmates, colleagues, or professors, and talking about nano with hundreds of Museum of Science visitors on a Saturday afternoon. NanoDays at our institution generally means lots of help from a cadre of graduate students. As smart and enthusiastic as our volunteers are, they're also often new to doing demonstrations and activities with public audiences.
The NanoDays kits have been shipped and the digital resources are ready for downloading. Now it's time to get busy thinking about what you actually want to DO with all this stuff! Whether this is your first time creating a public event about nano or you are a NanoDays veteran, it helps to start planning your activities and contacting collaborators early.
NanoDays is next month, and the NISE Net has a number of training materials that might be useful for those new to presenting nano content to public audiences:
NanoDays 2008 at the Museum of Science, Boston At last year's NanoDays, staff at the Chabot Space & Science Center created NanoDays passports for visitors. Lisa Hoover, the Galaxy Explorers Program Manager at Chabot, explained that they create passports for most of their special events to give visitors a goal, guide visitors through thematic stations, and provide follow-up content or home activities.
For this installment of the NanoDays Blog, I want you to answer the question: How did you plan and schedule your NanoDays event? Here are some specific questions to help get you thinking.