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Staff members build a giant balloon model of carbon nanotube at the Museum of Science, Boston.From March 29 through April 6, the Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network (NISE Net) presents NanoDays, the first nationwide festival of educational programs about nanoscale science.  Through activities like NanoDays, the NISE Net is working to build partnerships between science museums and research centers to increase the capacity of both kinds of institutions to engage the public in learning about nanoscale science and engineering. Kits with hands-on activities, reference materials, short films, and a public forums manual were distributed to over 100 U.S. participating science museums, research centers, and universities in early January.

ASTC members have a variety of activities planned, from community forums and presentations by researchers to nano-themed exhibitions and demonstrations. Additionally, ASTC and the NISE Net will be hosting NanoDays activities in and around Washington, D.C. On April 2, the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education and Nanotechnology Caucuses will host an event featuring hands-on exhibits and demonstrations for legislators, staffers, and the public on Capitol Hill. The following day, the NISE Net will bring those same activities to the National Science Foundation’s headquarters in Arlington, Virginia.

For more information, including a list of participating institutions, please visit the NISE Net website.

 About the image: Staff members build a giant balloon model of carbon nanotube at the Museum of Science, Boston. Photo by Margaret Glass