Arizona Science Center to celebrate NanoDays
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Arizona Science Center to celebrate NanoDays

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NanoDays Project

Arizona Science Center invites you to the NanoDays nationwide festival of educational programs about nanoscale science and engineering.

This event is organized by the Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network (NISE Net), and takes place nationally from March 28- April 5, 2015.

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Visitors participating in a NanoDays activity. Photo courtesy of Gary Hodges, Sciencenter in Ithaca, New York

NanoDays is the largest public outreach effort in nanoscale informal science education and involves science museums, research centers, and universities from Puerto Rico to Alaska.

The biggest event for the smallest science brings university researchers together with science educators to create learning experiences for people of all ages to explore the miniscule world of atoms, molecules, and nanoscale forces.

NanoDays allows the local community to enjoy many of its activities. Visitors can experience the power of science fiction storytelling—creating their own imagined future full of new nanotechnologies.

Hands-on activities invite guests to explore polarized light, investigate how scientists use special tools to study tiny things, and imagine how nanotechnology could change how we eat. Visitors can also experiment with heat transfer and complete and electrical circuit using the world’s thinnest material.

About Arizona Science Center
Arizona Science Center to celebrate NanoDays Arizona-Science-CenterThe mission of Arizona Science Center is to inspire, educate, and engage curious minds of all ages about science. The Center, located at 600 E. Washington Street in downtown Phoenix, features more than 300 hands-on exhibits, live demonstrations, the state-of-the-art Dorrance Planetarium and a five-story IMAX theater.

About Nano and NISE Network
At the nanoscale —the scale of atoms and molecules—many common materials exhibit unusual properties. Our ability to manipulate matter at this size enables innovations that weren’t possible before. Nanotechonology is revolutionizing research and development in medicine, computing, new materials, food, energy, and other areas.

Nano will affect our economy, the environment, and our personal lives as much as cars, the personal computer, or the Internet! But the costs, risks, and benefits of this new technology can be difficult to understand, both for experts and for the general public. The NISE Network helps museums, research institutions, and the public learn from each other about this emerging field so that together we can make informed decisions.

The Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network (NISE Net) is a national community of researchers and informal science educators dedicated to fostering public awareness, engagement, and understanding of nanoscale science, engineering, and technology. The NISE Network community in the United States is led by 12 organizations, and includes hundreds of museums and universities nationwide. NISE Net was launched in 2005 with funding from the National Science Foundation, and received a five-year renewal in 2010.

Arizona Science Center to celebrate NanoDays NanoDaysThrough events like NanoDays, the NISE Network is actively building partnerships between science museums and research centers to increase their capacity to engage the public in learning about nanoscale science and engineering.

For more information about NISE Net or to download a digital NanoDays kit please visit: For more information about Nano please visit:

This Project is based on work supported by the NSF under Award Nos. 05322536 and 0940143. NanoDays™ is trademarked by North Carolina State University and used by the NISE Network with permission.

Media Contact: Michele A. Meyer,, 602.716.2000 ext. 132 Cell: 480.468.1554

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