NC State NanoDays
NC State NanoDays is a state-wide event designed to open the world of nanoscale science and nanotechnology to citizens, teachers, and students.
This annual event is coordinated by Dr. Gail Jones and some of her graduate students in North Carolina State University's Math, Science, and Technology Education Department. NanoDays offers opportunities for the public to visit research labs, experience materials science mini-lab investigations, and hear researchers talk about materials science advancements. It is appropriate for all age groups, especially elementary, middle, and high school students.
NanoDays 2009 was a huge success! K-12 students, parents, and teachers from across North Carolina enjoyed nanotechnology demonstrations by students from the College of Education, a guest lecture by Nanotechnology Initiative Director and Professor Gregory Parsons, and tours of research and microscopy labs in Physics, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Materials Science & Engineering, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, and Textiles. This year, our partners from UNC-Chapel Hill and the NC Museum of Life and Sciences joined the demonstrations. Between 1,000 and 2,000 people attended the event, which was held from 2 to 5 p.m. on April 24.
A highlight of the day was a "nano ice cream" demonstration and tasting led by Professor Mark Johnson and Marcio Cerullo. View a video slideshow of nano ice cream being created (Windows Media file, 5.58 MB).
For more information or to find out how you can participate in future NanoDays events, contact the NanoScale Science Education Research Group.
NanoDays on April 4, 2008 involved more than 1,500 teachers and students from school systems throughout North Carolina. The NC State Nanotechnology Initiative provided support for the event. Researchers and educators from multiple universities, the NC Museum of Life and Sciences, and the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center brought nano exhibits and provided instruction on nanoscale research. Through tours of nanotechnology labs in Chemistry, Physics, Textiles, and Materials Science and Engineering, participants met researchers and even sampled “nano ice cream” made with liquid nitrogen.
For more information, view a video slideshow of NanoDays 2008 (Windows Media file, 12,796 KB).