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NanoDays 2011 kits shipped out!

By Catherine McCarthy on January 11, 2011 | 0 comments

On Friday the Science Museum of Minnesota shipped out 200 NanoDays 2011 kits to museums and research outreach centers throughout the United States!  For those institutions awarded kits, your box should arrive shortly. Many thanks to all of those who have contributed their time and talents to producing these new kits. Also many thanks to all of our partners who have committed to hosting a NanoDays event this Spring.

NanoDays kits packed up in Minnesota

By Catherine McCarthy on December 23, 2010 | 0 comments

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

By Catherine McCarthy on December 23, 2010 | 0 comments

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.

Engines of Growth and Recovery

By Larry Bell on December 9, 2010 | 0 comments

Three Presidential Science and Technology Advisors opened the NNI Innovation Summit in National Harbor, Maryland, today. The Summit was a kind of 10th birthday party for the National Nanotechnology Initiative. I was surprised at how much of this opening discussion focused on education.

 

Seven New NanoDays Activities for 2011

By Vrylena Olney on December 9, 2010 | 0 comments

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. 

Even a computer generated avatar!

By Larry Bell on December 8, 2010 | 0 comments

Joan Straumanis of NSF's Science of Learning Centers program had a neat little slide in her presentation today at the NSE Grantee's meeting at NSF. She says that research in learning shows that if your goal is getting people to learn something:

Expert explanation . . . is not as effective as
Peer explanation . . . which is not as effective as
Self explanation . . . which is not as effective as
Teaching another . . . even when that other is a computer-generated avatar

Where has nano research money gone in 2010?

By Larry Bell on December 8, 2010 | 0 comments

This chart says it all (click on it to see a version large enough to read):

This chart was part of Mike Roco's presentation at the 2010 NSF NSE Grantee Meeting.

Periodic Table of Nanoparticles

By Larry Bell on December 7, 2010 | 0 comments

The focus of today's sessions at NSF's meeting of nanoscale science and engineering grantees focuses on putting the science to practical use. First up this morning is nanomanufacturing. Mark Tuonimen from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst gave a talk about the Nanoscale Manufacturing Network and one of his images caught my imagination. This image, which comes from the draft Nano2 vision document on the next decade of nanoscale research, illustrates and idea that is sometimes referred to as a periodic table of nanoparticles.

It's Not Just About Materials

By Larry Bell on December 6, 2010 | 0 comments

We are reaching a limit in the future growth of computing power using current technologies because of the heat generated by packing more and more transisters onto tiny electronic chips. Nanotechnology may provide totally new techniques for computing that would solve this problem. Nanoelectronics is one of the signature intiatives identified in the National Nanotechnology Initiative strategic plan recently developed by the Office of Science and Technology Policy.

Nano Days Rap from Jennifer Pritchard Davinci Science Center

By Catherine McCarthy on December 3, 2010 | 0 comments

Jennifer Pritchard of the Da Vinci Science Center raps about her NanoDays 2009 experience: