On April 2, NISE Net brought interactive exhibits and activities to Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., inviting House and Senate members of the STEM Education and Nanotechnology Caucuses, legislative staffers, and the general public to learn more about nanotechnology’s potential transformative impact on such fields as healthcare, information processing, and energy production. In addition to small indoor exhibits, NanoExpress, a mobile nanoscale science lab from Washington’s Howard University, was set up near the Capitol, giving passersby the opportunity to explore real research equipment. ASTC participants included the Museum of Science, Boston; the Museum of Life and Science, Durham, North Carolina; and the Exploratorium, San Francisco, California.
In the evening, the events continued downtown at the Woodrow Wilson Center with a reception and screening of the new PBS three-part series, The Power of Small, hosted by the National Science Foundation and the Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies. Special guests included Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon, NSF Director Arden Bement, and Project Science Advisor Andrew Maynard.
About the image: Howard University’s NanoExpress lets visitors explore real nanoscale science research equipment. Photo by Lynn Lim