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There's nano in that summer camp! Part 3

By Vrylena Olney on June 12, 2009 | 0 comments

Mike Rathbun at the Discovery Center Museum in Rockford, IL recently emailed saying that they plan to conduct a 2-day teacher workshop on nanoscale science plus they're attempting daily nano cart demos on their floor all summer.

How did you plan and schedule your NanoDays event?

By Beck Tench on June 10, 2009 | 0 comments

For this installment of the NanoDays Blog, I want you to answer the question: How did you plan and schedule your NanoDays event? NanoDays 2009 at Maryland Science CenterNanoDays 2009 at Maryland Science Center Here are some specific questions to help get you thinking.

There's nano in that summer camp! Part 2

By Vrylena Olney on June 2, 2009 | 0 comments

It's all-summer-programming-all-the-time on the Nano Bite this week. Here are a few examples of how partners are incorporating nano topics into their regular summer programming:

What NanoDays Kit activities worked best for you?

By Beck Tench on June 2, 2009 | 0 comments

Sylvia Algire, Assistant Manager of the Field Trips department at the Exploratorium just emailed a comment about her experience with NanoDays 2009.

There's nano in that summer camp! Part 1

By Vrylena Olney on June 1, 2009 | 0 comments


Photo by Carl Mydans from the LIFE Photo Archive

As I mention in the June Nano Bite newsletter, lots of NISE Net partners are either planning nano-themed summer camps or using nano activities from the NanoDays kit or other sources in their camp programming.

I'll be posting examples all this week, here's one of an entirely nano summer camp program:

How did you market NanoDays?

By Beck Tench on June 1, 2009 | 0 comments

How did you explain NanoDays to your PR team?How did you explain NanoDays to your PR team?

First, thanks to the folks who've contributed examples to the Kit Activities vs. Non-Kit Activities post.

Nanotechnology transforms dessert (Brad's recipe for super-smooth ice cream)

By Vrylena Olney on May 29, 2009 | 0 comments


Photo by roboppy

Smooth ice cream comes from really small, fine-grained crystals. So what happens if you cool ice cream so quickly that the crystals are nanosized? You get super-smooth nano ice cream!

Can Nanotechnology Save the Planet? Perspectives from INC5

By Larry Bell on May 26, 2009 | 0 comments

Some science fiction stories, like Michael Crichton’s novel Prey, portray nanotechnology as leading to developments that can destroy the world, but some of the presenters at this year’s International Nanotechnology Conference for Communication and Collaboration (INC5) told a story that was quite the opposite. The world, or at least humanity, is already on a path toward destruction and nanotechnology may be the only hope to save it.

A Vaccine for Last-Minute-Itis

By Carol Lynn Alpert on May 26, 2009 | 0 comments

Several times in the past (check the RISE Group Page), I’ve written about the problem of last-minute-itis among NSF grant proposal writers. Symptoms of this illness are well-known to grant administrators at universities as well as at science museums, and, let’s face it, we’ve all succumbed to its indignities at one time or another. FastLane has to become a very WideLane on the deadline day for grant submission.