"Exploring Tools - Transmission Electron Microscopes" is a hands-on activity in which visitors use a model of a transmission electron microscope to image an object by looking at its shadow. They learn that scientists use special tools and equipment to work on the nanoscale.
"Exploring Tools - Dress Up Like a Nanoscientist" is a hands-on activity in which visitors see what they would look like in a cleanroom suit. They learn that to make tiny things, scientists need to work in a very clean place.
"Exploring Properties - Heat Transfer" is a hands-on activity in which visitors investigate how quickly heat is transferred through two different materials. They learn that graphene is a very good conductor of heat and that the way a material behaves on the macroscale is affected by its structure on the nanoscale.
"Exploring Products - Nano Food" is a hands-on activity exploring how nanotechnology may be used in food products. Visitors investigate how the size of salt crystals may allow for lower sodium, but still full flavor foods.
"Exploring Products - Kinetic Sand" is a hands-on activity in which visitors investigate and compare the properties of Kinetic Sand and regular sand. They learn that nanotechnology takes advantage of special properties at the nanoscale to create new materials.
"Exploring Nano & Society - Tell a Nano Story" is a hands-on activity in which visitors are inspired by picture cards to tell a story about nanotechnologies in the future. Visitors explore how technologies and society influence each other and how people’s values shape how nanotechnologies are developed and adopted.
"Exploring Materials - Stained-Glass Windows" is a hands-on activity in which visitors use contact paper and colored tissue paper to create a "stained-glass" window. They learn that real stained-glass windows use nanoparticles to create some of the colors in the glass.
"Exploring Materials - Polarizers" is a hands-on activity in which visitors use two polarizing sheets and overlapping layers of transparent tape to see how polarizers affect light. They learn that researchers are using nanotechnology to improve existing materials, in this case polarizing filters.
Online Brown-Bag: Localizing Your NanoDays Kit: Adapting Kit Material for Local Culture and Industry (Recorded)
NISE Net partners have adapted NanoDays activities to extend and increase engagement and understanding of nano in their local communities. In this online brown-bag conversation, presenters explored ways to identify the need and what steps their museums have taken to successfully bring nano to their community.
This is a recording of a NISE Network online brown-bag conversation held in 2013 and focuses specifically on the applications and scientific background behind the NISE Net's NanoDays 2013 kit activities.
Presented by: Rashmi Nanjundaswamy and Lizzie Hager-Barnard, Lawrence Hall of Science, Univeristy of California, Berkely
For more information, and for a link to the recording, please see the Resources section of this page.