Nano Bite: January 2010

Welcome to the January Nano Bite, the monthly e-newsletter for the Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network (NISE Net).

Happy New Year!

With the end of 2009 just behind us, there are lots of predictions for technological and scientific advances in the coming year and decade (including this one, this one, this one, and this article about how these predictions are mostly bunk).  Travel through time and make your own predictions with the NISE Net's Flying Cars program, all about technology predictions.  

What else?

NanoDays 2010 Update

All the applications for new physical NanoDays kits should be in by now, and we plan to let people know soon if they will be receiving a kit.  The kits will be shipped beginning the second week of January, and digital versions of the kit will be available for download beginning January 15th.  Questions? Contact Margaret Glass at nanodays@nisenet.org.

 

Nano Online: February 17 - 24, 2010 

Participating in NanoDays this year? Want some tips to help you introduce this emerging science to your audience? The NISE Net is running a one-week online session that will walk you through how to present a selection of the NanoDays kit activities. This session will run on ASTC Connect through email-based discussions; read them, try some suggested activities, and report back about your experience. You can also log in for a live web session showing how three NanoDays kit activities (liquid crystals, forms of carbon, and ferrofluids) can fit together. The webcast will be hosted by Steve Madewell, interpretive exhibits coordinator at the Spark!Lab, the activity center at the Lemelson for the Study of Invention and Innovation of the National Museum of American History. Contact Margaret Glass at nanodays@nisenet.org. to enroll.

 

Nano in Classrooms

A number of our partners are combining or adapting NISE Net nano activities for K-12 and classroom use.  Find out more about what some of our partners are up to on the NISE Net blog (click here for an example of a homeschool workshop from the Franklin Institute), please email Rae Ostman at the Sciencenter (rostman@sciencenter.org) to let us know what you're doing with nano K-12 or teacher activities! 

 

More Nano in Classrooms

Know any high school teachers who might be interested in learning about how to integrate nanoscale science and technology into their existing curricula? NanoTeach is recruiting teachers for a year-long, nationwide pilot test starting in the summer of 2010.  Applications are due January 8th, learn more at http://www.mcrel.org/NanoTeach/Recruiting/. 

 

Nano in Children's Museums: Big Thoughts about Super-Small

Are you planning to attend the Association of Children's Museums (ACM) Interactivity annual meeting in St. Paul this May?  Come for a fun-filled day of nano-learning the children's museum way! The NISE Network will be offering a pre-conference workshop on nano in children's museums on Wednesday May 5th, 8:30am-4pm.  Conference registration is now open.

 

Nano Job at the Science Museum of Minnesota

The Exhibits Division at the Science Museum of Minnesota is looking for a new staff member for the NISE Network project.  This person will be responsible for coordinating the Midwest Regional Hub, as well as working on other aspects of the project such as content for the nisenet.org website and exhibit development.

Those interested may apply online here.  Please note that the posting describes the position as a general Exhibit Developer position, but the intent is for the position to be focused full-time on the NISE Network project.  The application period has been extended until January 6th.  Please spread the word and keep your eyes out for good candidates.
 

Nano Haiku

Cash @ nanoscale:
Nickel, copper, zinc atoms...
My account balance?

 

by David Sittenfeld, Program Manager of Forums at the Museum of Science, Boston.

Questions? Haikus? Contributions to the newsletter? Contact Vrylena Olney at volney@mos.org

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