Around here, we’re big fans of small! NanoDays, a nationwide celebration of nanoscale and quantum science, is the perfect time to celebrate the small stuff. It’s time to learn and explore nanoscience concepts with scientists, engineers, STEM enthusiasts and capture the curiosity of young minds.
NanoDays is held from the last weekend in March through the first weekend in April. Future dates for NanoDays are:
- 2017: March 25-April 2
- 2018: March 31-April 8
- 2019: March 30-April 7
- 2020: March 28-April 5
Nano Days is celebrated nation-wide in many schools, community centers and museums, where fun hands-on activities are combined with presentations on current nanotechnology research. A range of exciting programs demonstrate the special and unexpected properties found at the nanoscale, examine tools used by nanoscientists, showcase nano materials with spectacular promise, and consider implications of new technologies for society.
While generally geared for kids, NanoDays engages people of all ages in learning about this exciting area of science. Nanotechnology is expected to revolutionize the world by transforming biology, chemistry, computing, communications, engineering and materials science. As with all scientific endeavours, understanding the technology well enough to limit risks to our health, safety and the entire ecosystem, is the big challenge.
Nanotechnology Videos and Documentaries
Nanotechnology is so exciting and we’re really only just learning the amazing ways it can shape our future. To learn more, we’ve made a collection of some of our team’s favorite videos and docs found on Youtube.
Grab some popcorn and get cosy to watch some fascinating science discoveries in nanotech:
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Nano Days Online Resources for Activities and Communities
The following links are great resources, offering free DIY project ideas, videos, games and more to try at home or to get info on how/where to get involved locally. If you can’t find anywhere online, just ask around at your local schools, community centers or museums to see if they have something planned for Nano days.
- http://www.whatisnano.org/nanodays – free ebooks, apps, games, DIY projects, videos and lots more
- http://www.nisenet.org/nanodays – free downloads DIY experiments to try at home and songs to play while trying them
- https://www.nsf.gov/ – the National Science Foundation is generally a great go-to resource for learning about all types of science.