NanoDays 2014 will take place March 29-April 6, 2014

magic sand activityThe NanoDays 2014 digital kit is now available for download! 

What could YOU do for NanoDays?

NanoDays events bring scientists together with museums and other informal education organizations, creating unique learning experiences.

NanoDays engages people of all ages in a miniscule world where materials have special properties and new technologies have spectacular promise. 

Many NanoDays celebrations will combine simple hands-on activities for young people with events exploring current research for adults. One popular activity involves visitors working together to build a giant balloon model of a carbon nanotube. (Real carbon nanotubes, which are 1/50,000th of the width of a human hair, have extraordinary strength and unusual electrical properties that make them useful in electronics and materials science.

Cornell researcher Sharon Gerbode talks about "squishy science" at Sciencenter in Ithaca, NY

Other NanoDays activities demonstrate different, unexpected properties of materials at the nanoscale -- sand that won’t get wet even under water, water that won’t spill from a teacup, and colors that depend upon particle size.

Some NanoDays participants host public forums, discussions about the risks and benefits of particular appllications of nanotechnology. Many participating universities host public tours of their laboratories that work with nanoscale science and technology.

For lots of ideas about what you could do for NanoDays, please see the NanoDays planning guide.




Cornell researcher Sharon Gerbode talks about "squishy science" at Sciencenter in Ithaca, NY




Why Nano?

Affordable clean energy, highly effective medical devices, personalized drugs, new environmental cleanup techniques... Many scientists and engineers believe advances in nanotechnology can bolster the U.S. economy with products like these and many others.

Despite this promise, the public knows little about nanotechnology or the research and development being carried out by numerous federal agencies and by universities and corporations right in their own communities.