Thinking small: LASM plans NanoDay

Photo provided by Louisiana Art & Science MuseumA child takes part in a balloom activity at a past NanoDay, a nationwide festival celebrating the science of ultra-small matter.
Photo provided by Louisiana Art & Science MuseumA child takes part in a balloom activity at a past NanoDay, a nationwide festival celebrating the science of ultra-small matter.

To understand Nano, be prepared to think small. Join the Louisiana Art & Science Museum from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 6, for NanoDay, a nationwide festival celebrating the science of ultra-small matter.

At NanoDay scientists, engineers, and educators come together to create a fun and interactive learning experience through which children and adults explore the miniscule world of atoms, molecules, and nanoscale forces.

A range of activities and programs demonstrate the unique and unexpected properties found at the nanoscale. Investigate the nano world of Horton Hears a Who! with Miss Trudy, then discover the impact of nanoscience on society and our future with “We Know NANO!”

LSU Professor John DiTusa will wow visitors with a compelling discussion about nanomagnets as a path to new computers, and visit the planetarium for an eye-popping journey through the world we live in with “NanoCam: a Trip into Biodiversity.”

Adding to NanoDay fun is a series of hands-on experiments that demonstrate nano, including the exploration of smart metal, invisibility and liquid crystals. All NanoDay activities are included in general admission and free for students with ID or report card. Nanoscience is the study of matter ranging from 1 to 100 nanometers in size. To understand nanoscale, consider that a nanometer is one-billionth of a meter in size. A human hair, for example, is about 80,000 nanometers in width.

NanoDays is organized by the Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network, and takes place nationally March 30-April 7. This community-based event, the largest public outreach effort in nanoscale informal science education, is celebrated at more than 200 science museums, research centers, and universities across the country from Puerto Rico to Hawaii.

For more information, call (225) 344-5272 or visit http://www.lasm.org.

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