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National NanoDays 2013

CNSE and National 'NanoDays' 2013

The College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE), the CNSE Children’s Museum of Science and Technology (CNSE CMOST), Trinity Alliance of the Capital Region, and public libraries throughout the area explored all things Nano during National 'NanoDays' 2013!

Monday, April 1

Saratoga Springs Public Library
49 Henry Street, Saratoga Springs
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

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NanoDays Activities & Gowning Activity: Stephen Stewart, CNSE Equipment Evaluation and Support Specialist, showed children and families how to gown up in the “bunny suits” worn in CNSE’s high-tech cleanrooms and conduct several hands-on, nano-experiments.

Tuesday, April 2

Schenectady County Public Library; Central Library
99 Clinton Street, Schenectady
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

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NanoDays Activities & Nano Bacteria activity: Attendees learned about bacteria while making their own molecular motor and watching it swim. Led by Dr. J. Andres Melendez, CNSE Associate Head of the Nanobioscience Constellation and Professor of Nanobioscience and CNSE students.

Wednesday, April 3

Albany Public Library; Main Library
161 Washington Avenue, Albany
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

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NanoDays Activities & E2TAC Energy Activities: Members of CNSE’s E2TAC team taught children and families about fuel cells, solar energy and photovoltaic panels. Students had the opportunity to play with model fuel-cell cars and experiment with working photovoltaic panels, which power small items such as a calculator, small fan, or a radio.

Thursday, April 4

Trinity Alliance of the Capital Region
20 Trinity Place, Albany
3 p.m. – 5 p.m.

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NanoDays Activities & Innovations in Nanomedicine: This program examined current and future applications of nanotechnology in medicine, using a life-sized human torso to conduct nanomedicine demonstrations and medical equipment to demonstrate current and potential applications of nanotechnology in medical practice. Led by members of the CNSE Nanobio team.

Friday, April 5

Troy Public Library, Main Library
100 Second Street, Troy
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

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NanoDays Activities and Polymer Activity: Attendees learned about polymers and their role in nanotechnology and built a polymer chain to take home with them. Led by CNSE students.

Saturday, April 6

NanoDays Celebration at The CNSE Children’s Museum of Science and Technology (CNSE CMOST)
250 Jordan Road (in Rensselaer Technology Park), Troy
11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

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CNSE CMOST staff & faculty and staff from The College of Nanoscale Science & Engineering (CNSE) led presentations, experiments and demonstrations throughout the day that explored different topics and concepts in nanotechnology.

NanoDays Activities: At each location, children and families explored a variety of hands-on activities, including:

  • Exploring Fabrication- Gummy Capsules
  • Exploring Materials- Hydrogel 
  • Exploring Materials- Memory Metal 
  • Exploring Nano & Society- Space Elevator 
  • Exploring Nano & Society- You Decide! 
  • Exploring Products- Computer Hard Drives 
  • Exploring Products- Liquid Crystal Displays 
  • Exploring Properties- Invisibility 
  • Exploring Properties- UV Bracelets 
  • Exploring Size- Moving Molecules 
  • Exploring Tools- 3D Imaging

NanoDays is a nationwide festival of educational programs about nanoscale science and engineering and its potential impact on the future. NanoDays events are organized by participants in the Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network (NISE Net) and take place at over 200 science museums, research centers, and universities across the country from Puerto Rico to Hawaii. NanoDays engages people of all ages in learning about this emerging field of science, which holds the promise of developing revolutionary materials and technologies.