“Nanoparticle Stained Glass” is a cart demonstration that introduces the connection between medieval stained glass artisans and nanotechnology. Visitors learn that the red and yellow colors in stained glass windows come from nanoparticles of gold and silver embedded in the glass. During the program, visitors listen to a short presentation, and then have the opportunity to participate in two hands-on activities: making a collaborative stained glass window with pre-made nanoparticle solutions containing silver or gold and making a take-away card that contains a small piece of nanoparticle stained “glass”.
- Understand that nanoparticles of gold and silver behave differently than bulk gold and silver.
- Appreciate the interconnection between science and art.
- Learn that nanotechnology has been used since the Middle Ages, even though stained glass artisans did not know they were using this technology.
- Realize that nanoscale effects occur in many places. Some are natural, everyday occurrences; others are the result of cutting-edge research.
- Learn that many materials exhibit startling properties at the nanoscale.
- Nanometer-sized things are very small, and often behave differently than larger things do.
- Scientists and engineers have formed the interdisciplinary field of nanotechnology by investigating properties and manipulating matter at the nanoscale.
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