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Nanoscience comes alive for families at Robinson Nature Center

Nano Port DiscoveryEven very small kids can understand nanoscience thanks to a new exhibit at the Robinson Nature Center in Columbia, currently on loan from Port Discovery Children’s Museum.

“Nano Mini-exhibition” is on display through August and includes interactive and hands-on activities for all ages.

Nanoscale science and technology focuses on manipulating very small things such as individual atoms and molecules. In the exhibit, families can engage in a field that is often difficult to visualize because of its extremely small nature. The subject of nanoscience and technology comes alive. Visitors explore natural objects and build large-scale models of structures relevant to nanoscience. The exhibit also includes investigations in the effects of static electricity and gravity on various objects.

Port Discovery acquired the exhibition, produced by Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network, in October 2011. Last fall, it was awarded a grant that allows the mini-exhibition to travel to centers like Robinson.

To augment the exhibit experience, education staff from Port Discovery will present “Small Wonder Experiences” on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month, beginning on March 11, and continuing as long as the museum is at Robinson Nature Center. Children will engage with nanoscience through hands-on demonstrations and experiments, such as creating iridescent art and experimenting with “nano pants.” The program runs at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. on the designated days.

Admission to the Robinson Nature Center is $5 for adults, $3 for children 3-17 and free for children under 3. For details visit the Robinson Nature Center website.




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