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Welcome to the September Nano Bite, the monthly e-newsletter for the Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network (NISE Net).
→ Mini-Grant Applications Now Open!
The NISE Net 2014 Mini-Grants application is now available. Planning to apply? For details about the program and application, go to: http://www.nisenet.org/blog/network_news/nise_network_2014_mini-grant_application_now_open_applications_due_november_1_2013. You can check out the list of past recipients here for more ideas. The due date for applications is November 1, 2013.
→ Online Brown-Bag Conversations
In the coming months, the NISE Network will continue to offer a series of online brown-bag conversations focused on helping NISE Network partners share their work and learn from others in the Network.
Nano for School Groups - Tuesday, October 1st, 2 pm Eastern/11 am Pacific: Interested in discovering new ways to introduce nanoscience and nanotechnology? Join us for a conversation about incorporating nano into your programming for school groups. We will talk about best practices and tips for designing single short interaction modules that work well on field trips and afterschool programs. Bring your ideas and questions, as you'll have a chance to share your experiences and brainstrom with the presenters and the audience. If you're thinking about applying for a mini-grant, this will be a great opportunity to discover new ideas and learn about programs serving school groups that have been funded by NISE mini-grants.
To sign up for this conversation, go to: http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/1332050/Brown-Bag-Nano-for-School-Groups-8-2013.
If you missed last month's brown-bags on brainstorming and guidelines for 2014 Mini-Grands, a recording is available at: http://www.nisenet.org/community/events/online_workshop/online_brown-bag_mini-grants_2014_brainstorming_guidelines_recorded.
Keep an eye out in the coming months for brown-bags, including:
Universal Design of Programs Workshop Follow-Up designed to support institutions working to make their public programs inclusive of the broad range of museum audiences (October 28th).
Nano in Food exploring the intersection between nano and food just in time for Thanksgiving (November 13th).
And starting in January, a slew of brown-bags focused on NanoDays.
Details on past brown-bags can be found here: http://www.nisenet.org/community/events/online_workshop. And Future brown-bags are listed here: http://www.nisenet.org/community/events.
New in the Catalog
A Little Bit of Sunshine takes a look at the importance of wearing sunscreen and how nanotechnology is getting involved. Similarly, check out the activity Exploring Products - Sunblock in the NISE Net catalog.
→ Resources Available from the NISE Net's workshops on Bilingual Audiences and Universal Design of Educational Programs
In June and July, 2013, the NISE Net hosted workshops on engaging bilingual audiences and the Universal Design of educational programs.
Engaging Bilingual Audiences: NISE Net partners explored how to better engage Hispanic/Latino audiences with nanoscale science, engineering, and technology. Resources from the workshop, including the agenda, info on sheltered instruction, presentation slides, Team-Based Inquiry (TBI) resources, and workshop handouts are available here.
Universal Design of Educational Programs: Participants had a hands-on opportunity to apply the NISE Net's Universal Design guidelines to a current NISE Net program and collect feedback from people with disabilities using the TBI approach. Resources from the workshop, including the powerpoint slides and handouts, are available here.
→ Planning Ahead for the ASTC 2013 Annual Conference
The NISE Network will have many activities and professional development opportunities at the Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) annual conference starting October 18, 2013. For details on specific events, go to: http://www.nisenet.org/community/events/astc/astc_2013_annual_conference.
→ 2013 MRS Fall Meeting
The 2013 MRS Fall Meeting will be in Boston, MA December 1-6, 2013. At MRS, the Education Symposium has become a valuable staple within the technical programming portion of the meetings. The NISE Net will be well-represented at this symposium and other events at MRS. For details, go to: http://www.nisenet.org/community/events/mrs/2013_mrs_fall_meeting_-_abstracts_due_june_19.
→ DIY Nano App Featured by Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media has featured the NISE Network's DIY Nano as their "iPhone App of the Week" this week! For the full review and more details on the app, go to: http://www.nisenet.org/blog/nanodays/common_sense_media_features_diy_nano_their_iphone_app_week.
→ University of California Center for Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology
The University of California Center for Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology (UC-CEIN), based at UCLA, does a great job of reaching broad audiences and fostering collaborations. In order to reach broad audiences outside of academia, the UC-CEIN partners with Cal Poly Pomona and the California Science Center. For the past two years, students and faculty from Cal Poly Pomona traveled to UCLA to learn about nanoscience with UC-CEIN students, research staff, and faculty; this yearly February event also functions as a professional development exchange with Cal Poly faculty. Catherine Nameth, Education Coordinator, is in the formative stages of writing and publishing a paper detailing the process and results of preparing volunteers for public outreach.
Nano in the News
Visit to the World's Fair of 2014: As we approach the year 2014, it is an interesting exercise to look back on past predictions of the future. This article from the New York Times was written by Isaac Asimov in 1964, speculating on what a visit to the World's Fair of 2014 would be like. For an entertaining stage presentation that explores time travel and predictions of future technology, check out Flying Cars in the NISE Net catalog.
Printing Tiny Batteries: 3D printing can now be used to print lithium-ion microbatteries the size of a grain of sand. The microbatteries could supply electricity to tiny devices in the fields of medicine and communications. To create the microbatteries, researchers created an ink for the anode and the cathode with nanoparticles of different lithium metal oxide compounds.
Scientists Capture First Images of Molecules Before and After Reaction: Using an atomic force microscope, scientists have take the first atom-by-atom pictures, including images of the chemical bonds between atoms, clearly depicting how a molecule's structure changed during a reaction. Until now, scientists had only been able to infer this type of information from spectroscopic analysis.
Nano Throughout the Year
→ If you are planning activities for the Fall, we have some nano-themed suggestions for programs and activities for back-to-school events, National Chemistry Week (October 20-26), Earth Science Week (October 13-19), and Metric Day (October 10). Check out the complete list at: http://www.nisenet.org/seasons.
Science can solve the
Former follies science made:
Nano! Our savior!
This haiku was contributed by Katie Behrmann, of the Museum of Science, Boston.