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Classroom Nano: Homeschool 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. image by James Sarmiento

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Nanoscale science gets a new periodic table, Nanopants skew public perception - news from the 2009 NSF NSE Meeting

Carol Lynn Alpert

A new systematic framework for unifying and defining nanoscience was put forth at the 2009 NSF NSE grantees meeting last week in Arlington, Virginia.

Donald Tomalia, director of the National Dendrimer and Nanotechnology Center at Central Michigan University, presented the scheme, describing it as comparable to the “first principles initiated by Lavoisier, Dalton, Mendeleev, and others that led to a periodic system and central paradigm for traditional elemental atom and small molecule chemistry.” The...

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Advances in Partnerships and Conjugates: the Fall MRS Meeting

Carol Lynn Alpert

Partnerships between nano and materials research centers and science museums are well and thriving, as evidenced by a round of talks delivered at the Fall 09 MRS Meeting “Materials Education Symposium,” curated by NISE Net friends  Eric Marshall and Julie Nucci in honor of  Stanford’s Marni Goldman.  The panel on partnerships was put together by the NISE Net’s Rae Ostman, and it highlighted seven specific...

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Nano Passports and NanoDays updates

Vrylena Olney

NanoDays 2008 at the Museum of Science, Boston At last year's NanoDays, staff at the Chabot Space & Science Center created NanoDays passports for visitors. Lisa Hoover, the Galaxy Explorers Program Manager at Chabot, explained that they create passports for most of their special events to give visitors a goal, guide visitors through thematic stations, and provide follow-up content or home activities. She graciously shared the passport with...

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Nano Haiku: Outreach

Vrylena Olney

Another haiku by Mike Falvo of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill:

We Struggle to show
The size of a molecule.
Kids wait patiently.

Thanks, Mike!

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Working with Researchers

Vrylena Olney

Photo from the NISE Net Annual Meeting by Emily Maletz Graphic Design At the NISE Net Annual Meeting last September, we asked participants about their favorite nano educational experiences. Many talked about how exciting it is when researchers connect with the public. Here are a few examples of favorite experiences:

  • A researcher giving an engaging talk to the public about their own research in biomineralization. Great to hear current nano update from someone who is involved/passionate.
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Partnering Tips

Vrylena Olney
Jayatri Das of the Franklin Institute with a demo about using nano-iron to clean up groundwater, created in partnership with the Penn State Center for Nanoscale Science. Photo by Emily Maletz Graphic Design. Some tips from informal science education people on finding and partnering with researchers:

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    Nano Haiku: Dancing Molecules

    Vrylena Olney

    Just beyond our reach,
    vibrating perpetually,
    the molecules dance.

    by Mike Falvo of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

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