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Nano Traveling Exhibit 

NANO Traveling Mini-Exhibit 

Attract and entertain visitors while engaging them in fun, playful learning about science, space, agriculture and other topics with a mini-exhibition from Port Discovery Children’s Museum!

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Nano is an engaging mini Exhibition about nanoscale science, engineering, and technology that explores the science of the very small – and engages children in activities that help them understand this fascinating science. In this hands-on exhibit, visitors work together to build a giant model of a carbon nanotube, Learn about the effects of static electricity and gravity, play “I Spy” to discover Nano in familiar places, and more! 

Overview of Nano

Nano – Imagine and discover a world you can’t see!

Examine the fascinating world of nanoscale science, engineering and technology in the Nano mini-exhibition from Port Discovery Children’s Museum and the NISE Network. Explore the science of the very small – and learn how small objects often behave differently than large things do!  Work together to build a giant model of a carbon nanotube. Learn about the effects of static electricity and gravity. Play “I Spy” to discover Nano in familiar places, and more! 

In Nano, children can:

  • Learn where they can find Nano in I Spy Nano: Try a series of interactive challenges, then search a complex image for examples of real nano products and phenomena.
  • Explore what nano means for us in Balance Our Nano Future: Balance black on a tippy table, which represent the challenge of working together to build a stable nano future.
  • Build a Giant Carbon Nanotube: Visitors work together to build a giant model of a carbon nanotube and explore what’s new about nano.
  • Explore what happens when things get smaller in Small, Smaller, Nano: Explore progressively smaller magnetic materials, including magnetite sand, iron powder and ferrofluid.
  • Compare the relative effects of static electricity and gravity on different size beads.
  • Read about nano together in the Seating and Reading Area.

Exhibit features include:

  • Small, Smaller Nano: Visitors explore progressively smaller magnetic materials – magnetite sand, iron powder, and ferrofluit.
  • Build a Giant Carbon Nanotube: Visitors work together to build a giant model of a carbon nanotube.
  • I Spy Nano: Visitors try a series of interactive challenges, then search a complex image for examples of real nano products and phenomena.
  • Balance our Nano Future: Visitors balance blocks on a tippy table, which represents the challenge of working together to build a stable nano future.
  • Static vs. Gravity: Visitors spin disks containing small and large plastic beads, comparing the relative effects of static electricity and gravity on different sized beads.
  • Reading Area: Visitors sit comfortably while learning more from books and reading boards.

Nano was created by the Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network (NISE Network) with support from the National Science Foundation.

Exhibit Specifications

The footprint of this mini-exhibition is flexible. 

  • Footprint: 400 square feet
  • Layout: modular design and flexible configurations
  • Signage: Bilingual English and Spanish  
  • Power: one exhibit component requires electricity    
  • Location: indoor use only
  • Setup: components fit through standard door and elevator
  • Maintenance: minimal
     

Availability & Committments 

  • Available for booking periods of three months, six months or one year. 
  • Successful applicants must agree to: 
    • Sign a contract with Port Discovery for the booking period Display the complete exhibition for booking period
    • Maintain the exhibition in accordance with training
    • Have in-house staff supervision of exhibiting area
    • Staff assistance on site for installation 

Reserve a Port Discovery Exhibit

  • For more information on availability or mini exhibition features contact the Exhibit Development Coordinator @ 410-864-2719 or by email at hmyers@portdiscovery.org
  • For more information on programming options contact the Community Outreach Coordinator at 410-864-2683 or by email at bhenschel@portdiscovery.org

Developed by the NISE Network with funding from the National Science Foundation under Award Nos. ESI-0532536 and 09040143.

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Programs and exhibits at Port Discovery are made possible in part by the Citizens of Baltimore County and by the Howard County Arts Council through a grant from Howard County Government.

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