NanoDays

NanoDays kits packed up in Minnesota

Catherine McCarthy
Staff at the Science Museum of Minnesota have spent the last several months ordering, sorting, and packing materials to create 200 copies of the amazing NanoDays 2011 kits. Here are a few pictures of the final kit assembly process in mid-December. We plan to ship the kits on January 7th.

NanoDays kit applications closed December 10th, 2010

Catherine McCarthy

The NanoDays kit application closed December 10th. Regional Hub leaders will be notifying applicants whether or not they will received a kit. The good news is that we had more applicants than ever. The bad news, is that it made choosing who to award the 200 kits to even more difficult. Thanks to all who applied. Even if you were not awarded a kit, you can still use the NanoDays 2011 digital kit materials - available for download January 15th, 2011.

Seven New NanoDays Activities for 2011

Vrylena Olney

NanoDays will be celebrating its fourth birthday this year, and the kit's gotten a bit of an update in honor of that birthday. 

In particular, this year's kit includes seven brand-new activities.  All the materials to run the activities are included in the physical kits, but you can also download the activity guides, graphics, signs, and more for each of these activities from our catalog online. 

NanoDays 2011 Kit Application

Margaret Glass

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.

NanoDays 2010: Highlights from the Reports

Margaret Glass

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.

NanoDays Training for Museum Education Newbies

Vrylena Olney

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.