About 100 children with their grown ups came out to SUNY Oneonta last Saturday to celebrate nano-science, that is, the science of really, really small particles.
Kids investigated super thin materials like those used in solar cell technology. They also learned about forces stronger than gravity, and experimented with sand that doesn’t get wet—even under water. Children also viewed "Riding Snowflakes", a planetarium show about molecules.
OWL would like to thank the SUNY Oneonta science department and students, and especially the Science Discovery Center for bringing the world of nanotechnology alive for the afternoon. OWL and the Science Discovery Center have been partnering together to present Science Saturday events since 2009.
The event was a great success. As one grown up put it, "Who said this is supposed to be for kids? This stuff is FASCINATING!"
NanoDays at the Science Discovery Center of Oneonta has been part of a nationwide festival of educational programs about nanoscale science and engineering. NanoDays is organized by the Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network (NISE Net), and takes place nationally from March 26 through April 3, 2011. 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.