NanoDays 2016 will take place March 26-April 3, 2016

magic sand activityNanoDays 2016

The NISE Network is no longer creating and distributing new NanoDays kits; the last kit we created was in 2015.  We encourage you to hold NanoDays events and use NanoDays materials year-round.  You can download digital kit materials from the 2015 kit as well as other prior kits.

NanoDays has grown into a nationwide festival engaging the public in nanoscale science, engineering, and technology – with events taking place at over 250 science museums, research centers, and universities across the country from Puerto Rico to Hawaii. We hope you continue to hold NanoDays events and to use NanoDays materials year-round in ways that enhances your educational programming, meets your institution’s needs, and above all, engages your visitors in fun, hands-on science for years to come.

NanoDays 2015 Materials 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