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NanoDays celebrated at Explorit Science Center

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From page A13 | March 29, 2013 |

What’s the smallest thing you can think of? A flea? A cell? A speck of dust? Join Explorit starting Saturday and continuing through Sunday, April 7, to delve into the teeniest, tiniest science of all — nanoscience! Explorit is pleased to be hosting NanoDays again this year, a weeklong, hands-on investigation of the most minuscule stuff on Earth.

NanoDays at Explorit is part of a nationwide festival of educational programs about nanoscale science and engineering.

NanoDays is organized by the Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network, and takes place nationally from March 30 to April 7. This community-based event is the largest public outreach effort in nanoscale informal science education and involves science museums, research centers and universities from Puerto Rico to Alaska.

NanoDays celebrations bring university researchers together with science educators to create learning experiences for both children and adults to explore the tiny world of atoms, molecules and nanoscale forces. Most NanoDays events combine fun, hands-on activities with presentations on current research.

A range of NanoDays programs demonstrate the special and unexpected properties found at the nanoscale, examine tools used by nanoscientists, showcase nano materials with spectacular promise, and invite discussion of technology and society.

At the nanoscale — the scale of atoms and molecules — many common materials exhibit unusual properties. Our ability to manipulate matter at this size enables innovations that weren’t possible before. Nanotechnology is revolutionizing research and development in medicine, computing, new materials, food, energy and other areas.

Visitors will explore how 3D images are made, investigate new nano products and materials, and imagine what the world might look like if we could build an elevator to space! Other activities include making bracelets that change color in the sun and a storytime reading of Dr. Seuss’ “Horton Hears a Who!” at 2 p.m. Saturday, along with a Horton-themed project.

Nano-spin-a-prize is planned at 2 p.m. Monday and Thursday, April 4. And a local scientist will be on hand to give an educational lecture “What’s So Big about Nano?” at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 7.

Admission to NanoDays is $5 per person and includes admission to Explorit’s new exhibition, “Beautiful World: Science and Art.” Learn more about nano at www.whatisnano.org and don’t miss the biggest event for the smallest science!

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Explorit’s events:

* Summer camp volunteer recruitment: Explorit is seeking volunteers from now through May 10 to assist with activities during Explorit’s summer camp. Volunteers must be at least 12 years old. Those interested should email Lisa at lisaj@explorit.org for more information and a volunteer application.

* Explorit summer camp registration is going on now. Spaces are still available, especially in the preK-K camps and third- through fifth-grade camps. Register at www.explorit.org.

— Explorit Science Center is at 3141 Fifth St. For more information, call 530-756-0191, visit www.explorit.org, “like” Explorit on Facebook at www.facebook.com/explorit.fb or follow on Twitter at @ExploritScience

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