Created by the Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network (NISE Network) with support from the National Science Foundation.
Discover a world you can’t see! Get the family together and become enthralled with the world of nanoscale science, engineering, and technology in an exciting, interactive exhibit.
Hands-on components present the basics of nanoscience and engineering, introduce some real-world applications, and explore the societal and ethical implications of this new technology.
Here are some “big” questions you’ll explore about nano:
Just how small is nano?
Well, come dive into the five exhibit components and find out!
What happens when things get smaller?
Small, smaller, nano: Explore progressively smaller magnetic materials — magnetite sand, iron powder and ferrofluid.
What’s new with nano?
Build a giant carbon nanotube: Have fun together and build a giant model of carbon nanotube out of foam pieces. Work atom by atom — just like scientists who are creating new nano technologies.
Where can you find nano?
I Spy Nano: Try a series of interactive challenges and then search a complex image for examples of real nano products and phenomena.
What does nano mean for us?
Balance our nano future: Balance blocks on a tippy table, which represents the challenge of working together to build a stable nano future. You can also explore:
- Static vs. Gravity: Spin disks containing small and large plastic beads while comparing the relative effects of static electricity and gravity on different size beads.
- Reading Area: Sit comfortably while learning more by reading books and boards.