By Isaac Peterson
On Saturday, April 5, the 3rd annual NanoDay event will return to the Sabathani Community Center.
What is NanoDay? NanoDay brings together university researchers, science educators, and the public for an afternoon of learning, hands-on experiments and fun for both children and adults, all focused on exploring the world of atoms, molecules, and nanoscale forces.
A range of Nano programs demonstrate the special and unexpected properties found at the nanoscale. Participants will be able to examine tools used by nanoscientists, showcase scientific advances using nanotechnology, and participate in discussions of technology and society.
NanoDay is presented by SELF International in cooperation with the Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network (NISE Net), the Science Museum of Minnesota, and the Horizon Youth Program.
A spokesman for the event says “What SELF International does is STEM-type education in non-traditional environments, like after school, and we try to make science fun.
“At our Nano event you can build a giant carbon nanotube, explore the science of invisibility, make a bracelet that changes colors with ultraviolet rays, make Oobleck [a type of slime], and find out how tall you are in nanometers. You will learn how computer programming works. You will electroplate a nickel, find out how you can see in 3D, and design a space elevator of the future.
“There will be games and drawings for free prizes as well as good food and much more. You will learn how nanoscience and technology will directly affect your future and how it is already in your lives.“
And although the event is geared toward making science fun, the organizers also hope to inspire children to consider careers in the fast-moving world of science.
The keynote speaker will be Dr. James Marti, Ph. D, from the University of Minnesota Nanofabrication Center.
Sabathani Community Center is located at 310 East 38th St., in South Minneapolis. The NanoDay event takes place from 1-5 pm. Admittance is free and advance registration is appreciated but not required. To register or for more information, call Sabathani at 612-821-2329. Registration requests can be sent to Bobby Lay at [email protected].
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