Outreach > NANOvember 2013 > NanOlympics
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Saturday, November 9
CNSE's Albany NanoTech Complex, NanoFab South
Building upon Governor Andrew Cuomo’s leadership shaping New York State into the epicenter of nanotechnology-based research and development, CNSE transformed into the host venue for the 2013 NanOlympics to illustrate how nanotechnology is improving the sports equipment that will be used in the upcoming 2014 winter games.
Attendees learned about the role nanotechnology will play at the 2014 Winter Olympics during a presentation by Dr. Sara Brenner, CNSE Assistant Vice President for NanoHealth Initiatives and Assistant
Professor of Nanobioscience, and took part in a number of fun,
family-oriented winter sports activities using nano-enabled equipment.
Activities included, the
chance to test hockey shot accuracy and speed in the sport that uses
nanotechnology to make the sticks more impact resistant; curling, in which the microscopic roughness of the curling stone
causes it to curl; and learning how nanotechnology makes skis more durable
and easier to control as they attempted an alpine racing simulation. Attendees also tested their biathlon skills at a laser shooting
simulation and challenged their friends to a number of virtual winter
games on the Wii, Xbox, and Playstation game consoles.