NanoDays 2009, the second annual nationwide festival of educational programs about nanoscale science and engineering, kicked off on March 28. Organized by the Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network (NISE Net), the festival will continue through April 5 with over 200 science museums, research centers, and universities across the United States taking part.
NanoDays activities are designed to bring university researchers together with science museum educators to create learning experiences for both children and adults to explore the miniscule world of atoms, molecules, and nanoscale forces. Most participating science centers are combining simple hands-on activities for young people with presentations on current research for adults. Several also are hosting forum programs engaging the public in discussions about the benefits and risks of particular applications of nanotechnology.
About the image: Brindha Muniappan, education associate at the Museum of Science, Boston, helps a visitor add to a collaborative stained glass window using pre-made nanoparticle solutions containing silver and gold. Photo courtesy Museum of Science