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NanoFabulous, an exhibition developed by the University of Maryland, College Park Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) is on display at Port Discovery Children’s Museum in Baltimore, MD. The exhibit is designed to help children and their families understand how scientists and engineers discover and invent new materials from nanoscale building-blocks. The exhibition includes unique interactive components developed by MRSEC members to invite visitors to explore the processes and techniques that make nanotechnology a reality. NanoFabulous engages visitors in a variety of activities that promote learning: Lego Scanning Probe Microscope, Probes Station, Magnification Station, Near-field Scanning Optical Microscope, and a Cleanroom.


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History and nature of science: 

K-4: Science as a human endeavor
5-8: Science as a human endeavor

Earth and space science: 

K-4: Properties of earth materials
9-12: Energy in the earth system

Physical science: 

5-8: Properties and changes of properties in matter
9-12: Structure and properties of matter
9-12: Structure of atoms

Science and Technology: 

K-4: Understanding about science and technology
5-8: Understanding about science and technology
9-12: Understanding about science and technology

Science as inquiry: 

K-4: Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry
K-4: Understanding about scientific inquiry
5-8: Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry
5-8: Understanding about scientific inquiry
9-12: Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry
9-12: Understanding about scientific inquiry

Science in Personal and Social Perspectives: 

K-4: Science and technology in local challenges
9-12: Science and technology in local, national, and global challenges


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About Exhibits

An Exhibit is a visitor experience that may take many formats such as a display of objects or interactive components; it may include graphic panels or multimedia components; it is usually an un-staffed visitor experience. A group of themed exhibits makes up an Exhibition.

The exhibits created by the NISE Network were developed through a process of prototyping, audience evaluation research, educator peer reviews, and in-depth partnerships with scientists.

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