'Zoom Into Nano'

A traveling nanoscience exhibit has made its way to Kidsenses.
Jan. 16, 2014 @ 04:25 AM

Kidsenses Children’s Museum is introducing its guests to the world of nanoscience through a special traveling exhibit called Zoom Into Nano. The exhibit will be in the museum until Saturday, March 29.

“For a lot of people the field of nanoscience can come across as being an unfamiliar field. By having this exhibit we are hoping to really enlighten the minds of children and adults to the field,” Joseph Knight, education director at Kidsenses said. “Nanoscale sciences, nanoscience and nanotechnology are the study and application of extremely small things and can be used across all the other fields of science.”

This exhibit was created by the Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network (NISE) and is sponsored by the North Carolina Grassroots Science Museums Collaborative.

“The North Carolina Grassroots Science Museums Collaborative is a collaborative that Kidsenses has been a part of for a number of years. Grassroots happens to be the only statewide partner with museums in the country that’s dedicated to inspiring and educating today’s youth and adults in science and technology for North Carolina’s competitive future,” Knight said. “Grassroots museums are located all across the state and it is because of our partnership with them that the exhibit is showing at our museum.”

The traveling exhibit includes hands-on, interactive exhibits that invite exploration of nano phenomena and real world applications and implications.

According to Knight, there are several components of the exhibit that are very captivating for the guests. It includes areas like “Small, Smaller Nano” section.

“In the Small, Smaller Nano visitors can explore progressively smaller magnetic materials, a magnetic fan, iron powder and a magnetic fluid. Kids absolutely love interacting with that component of the exhibit,” Knight said. “In addition we have a giant carbon nanotube that can be built by the children, which has been another very popular part of the exhibit.”

Another popular area is the “I Spy a Nano” where visitors can try a series of interactive challenges and then search images for examples of real nano products.

“We are very thankful to have the exhibit. It’s an awesome attraction for children and adults. I like everything about it. I love how the exhibit connects the filed of nanoscience to real world applications,” Knight said. “It’s great having the exhibit at the museum to reinforce the content that we discuss in our science demonstrations.”