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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.

The Strategic Projects group at the Museum of Science developed a training and...

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Real World Nano: Why does nano matter? Surface area.

Clark Miller, Arizona State University

Thanks, everyone, for your great comments to the first RWN post! Keep 'em coming. I'll respond there and in future posts. The question for today is: why does nano matter?

At the 2009 NISE Net annual meeting, evaluators noted that museums were doing a great job of teaching core nanoscience concepts, and they’d also managed to make nano modestly interesting (admittedly, not as interesting as Star Wars, but more interesting than many other things museums are doing). But, no matter how they were asked,...

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Broader Impacts - A Provocative New Look

Carol Lynn Alpert

NSF's Broader Impacts Criterion (BIC) gets a provocative re-examination in a special issue of the British journal Social Epistemology, and in that issue, the NISE Net's focus on science museum - research center partnerships is included as a model for authenticating and reinforcing the intentions of the BIC framers. The issue was edited by J. Britt Holbrook...

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Kickoff for NanoDays 2010

Margaret Glass

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.

So where to begin? For those of you with physical kits, make sure you look in your box for the “Open Me First” packet. There you will find all kinds of helpful materials: a...

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Nano Jobs!

Vrylena Olney



Lotus Leaves and Nano Pants at the Too Small To See Opening at the Sciencenter.



The Sciencenter in Ithaca, NY, is hiring a project manager and education project coordinator to work on NISE Net programs and exhibits, along with other projects. The position descriptions and application instructions are...

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NanoDays Training Resources

Vrylena Olney

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:

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Billions and Billions: Translating "billion"

Vrylena Olney

Anders Liljeholm, a program developer at OMSI, wrote to me about a challenge in translating our materials into other languages.

Did you know that in different countries the word “billion” can mean different amounts? In English, one billion is one thousand million, but in most countries in Europe “billion” means one million million, what we Americans would call one trillion. In these languages, one billion is 1,000,000,000,000–10 to the 12th power,...

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Classroom Nano: Middle School Workshop

Vrylena Olney
Many of our partners have indicated that they do classroom activities of some type, so I'm going to be highlighting a few examples of partners incorporating nano into classroom programs. Please let us know what you've been doing with NISE Net or nano materials for K-12 audiences! Email Rae Ostman at rostman at sciencenter dot org. Image by Michael Wyszomierski

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