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NanoDays 2014 is Coming! New Activities and Workshops!
Celebrate NanoDays at The Science Discovery Center on Saturday, Apri 12th
The Science Discovery Center and the Oneonta World of Learning are sponsoring our fourth annual NanoDays event, an afternoon of activities designed to educate the public about the exciting world of nanotechnology. The Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network (NISE Net) organizes this nationwide festival of educational programs about nanoscale science and engineering.
New for this year's event:
- Do the "electric squeeze"
- Electroplate a nickel
- Play with a non-Newtonian fluid
- Examine capillary action by doing colorful chromatography
- Pretend to be a molecule trying to squeeze through a nano-sized hole
Date: Saturday, April 12, 2013
Location: Science Building I, SUNY College at Oneonta campus
Admission is free. Donations gladly accepted.
NanoDays Workshops: Microscopic Marvels!
Program description: Microscopic Marvels - An Introduction to the world of parasites
Parasites live everywhere, and in all kinds of animal hosts. We don't always know that parasites are around, though. They are actually very common! Some parasites are larger, but many are quite tiny. In this workshop, you will get to see some different parasites from wildlife, and some examples of parasites that infect people. We'll use microscopes to view worms and try to gain a sense of just how small, and how dangerous, these microscopic marvels can be. We'll also show images of parasites from electron microscopes--magnified thousands of times. You will see actual parasitic worms--including possibly some living ones--as well as other kinds of parasites, such as a brain-eating amoeba, and parasites that could infect you, your dog, or the fish you might catch locally.
Tickets are free, but limited. To sign up for tickets:
(Please be prepared to sign in 15 minutes prior to showtime.)
What is nano?
Nano is anything that is so small that it is measured in nanometers. A nanometer is one-billionth of a meter— or 100,000 times smaller than the width of a human hair! Nano-sized particles behave differently than larger particles of the same material. For example, nanoparticles of gold can look red, orange, green, or purple!
Nanotechnology will affect all of us—from everyday things like clothing that won't stain, to extraordinary medical discoveries that will save lives.
For more information about nanotechnology, visit
NanoDays from NISE Network on Vimeo.
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