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Tweet about NanoDays!


NanoDays 2012 is just around the corner!  We'd love to hear your 140-character stories, comments, and/or advice on Twitter.  Just be sure to use #nanodays.  Good luck with your planning and preparation!

Note: the Twitter bird was unavailable for this picture, so we got his cousin, Squawk, instead.


Nano Love

Vrylena Olney

Michael Wilson (aka "Coma Niddy"), who also happens to be an Explainer at the New York Hall of Science, created this nano-themed music video for Valentine's Day:

The lyrics are posted below, you can find citations and more information here.



I got that...


Partner Highlight: Arizona Science Center

Frank Kusiak

The Arizona Science Center, a NISE Net Partner since 2009, has been a model partner to those of us in the Southwest Region. With a lot of help from staff like Rei Cameron, Laura Martin, Joshua Sheehan, and Sari Neumeyer, they have thoroughly incorporated nano into their museum practice. They present NISE Net tabletop activities year round. Joshua, Senior Manager Guest Experience, and Sari, Senior Manager Guest Experience, attended the National Programs Workshop last year in Madison, WI, where they learned to perform the “...


The Making of a NanoDays Kit - time lapse video


What exactly does it take to make a NanoDays kit?  Oh, only 650 personhours, 3,600 boxes, over a mile of reinforced tape (6,000ft!), and a lot of love.  

See the whole process here!  

(Don't worry, it won't take you hundreds of hours to watch.....we sped it up.)



Missing your Ball Sorter sieves?


Our apologies for not communicating this better, but the sieves for the Ball Sorter activity (NanoDays 2012) will be shipped in the same box as the nano gold.  The sieves did not arrive at the warehouse in time to pack them in the large box.  So, in an effort to avoid sending all of you yet another separate box, we did some troubleshooting and decided to pack them with the gold.  

To recap - the kit will still come to you in 3 shipments: the large, main box; the puzzle blocks box; and the small box containing nano gold and the sieves.  The small boxes should be...


Black gold....not the Texas tea variety


Unfortunately, this is not a story about a man named Jed, who could barely keep his family fed; who became a millionaire and subsequently moved away from there.  No, this is a story about a solution of nano gold and why it’s being protected from the cold.  It will be shipped separately from the main NanoDays kit, only to keep it from getting frost-bit.  Ok, no more rhyming.  It’s starting to get confining. (ok, seriously…)

The reason for shipping the nano gold solution separately from the main NanoDays 2012 kit is not for lack of space in the box, but because of temperature; it...


Partner Highlight: International Partner - El Laberinto de las Ciencias y las Artes, San Luis Potosí, México

Rashmi Nanjundaswamy

We would like to welcome the science center Laberinto de las Ciencias y las Artes (Labyrinth of Science and Art, by its name in Spanish) as a NISE Net international member.

Since Laberinto opened in 2008, their visitors have had the opportunity to understand how small nano is and its importance to the study of manipulating matter on an atomic and molecular scale. In addition to being a science center, Laberinto is envisioned as a art and cultural center, where people from North Central México can have an in-depth hands-on experience with more than 160 exhibits organized in clusters...


Partner Highlight: Imaginarium of South Texas

Aaron Guerrero

The Imaginarium of South Texas in Laredo, TX has been an involved member of the NISE Network since 2008 when they first started hosting NanoDays events. This past year they took their programming to a new level by adopting the “Alice in Nanoland” children's book and making it all their own. 

As a part of a STEM Weeks series that began in 2009, the Imaginarium hosted a Nanotechnology Week in 2011 in conjunction with NanoDays. Other STEM Weeks events have include Science (Earth Science),...


Nano mini-exhibition applications now available

Catherine McCarthy

Nano mini-exhibition logo

​ We are pleased to announce that online applications are now available for NISE Network museum partners to apply for a free copy of the Nano mini-exhibition.  Online applications are due March 1, 2012.