Careers in Nanotechnology “Nanotechnology is the idea that we can create devices and machines all the way down to the nanometer scale, which is a billionth of a meter, about half the width of a human DNA molecule.”
-- Paul McEuen, Professor of Physical Science, Cornell University
Guest Speaker: Nanotech Engineer from Entegris - details TBD
Presentation Times: TBD
Stations run continuously from 10am-2pm
Guess the Nano-pic
Can you guess the picture? Check out images taken at four scales -- macro, micro, nano and atomic -- and see how familiar objects transform under extreme close-up.
Nanospace Theme Park
Shrink down to visit the Nanospace Theme Park online! After a welcome video to the world of nano, it’s time to explore. Try out virtual microscopes in the MicroLab. Then play Cosmic Calculations: can you guess how many atoms are in everyday items? Finally, go on a scavenger hunt for wrong-sized objects in the Dimension Zone.
Try Your Hand at Nano
To get a “hand-le” on the nanoscale, trace your hand and calculate how big it is in nanometers versus centimeters. Then place your hand on a nanotechnology tile: what makes the black tile turn blue, green and red? The secret lies in the heat from your hands and liquid nanocrystals.
Just how small is “nano”? In this interactive lab, use your naked eyes, a magnifying lens and a microscope to compare different views. See how these tools reveal new elements of the world around us -- and help us uncover the nano world we might otherwise miss.
Turn yourself into a nanotechnology measuring tool! Create an outline of your body, then take measurements and convert them into nano-scale. How tall are you in nanometers? If you were one-billionth size smaller, what would dinner be like with your regular-sized family? Pass the mashed potato molecules, please!
6th-12th Grade - Shrink Me, 1pm, lasts 60 minutes
Imagine your life as the Incredible Shrinking Kid! Measure your height, then calculate how tall you would be if you shrunk to 1/10 of your height. What about 1/100 of your height? Draw your “Deci-me” and “Centi-me” selves, then -- with a little science magic -- shrink to find your “Nano-me” size.