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UW-Stout News Story

Celebrate NanoDays event features hands-on activities

March 21, 2012

A big celebration is being planned at University of Wisconsin-Stout for a very small aspect of science — nanotechnology.

Celebrate NanoDays will be held from noon to 3 p.m. Thursday, March 29, on the first floor of Jarvis Hall Science Wing, 410 10th Ave. E. The event is free and open to the public.

The event, one of many similar events being held across the U.S., creates new learning experiences for children and adults as they explore the world of atoms, molecules and nanoscale forces.

Visitors will be able to engage in fun hands-on activities. They can interact with UW-Stout science students and professors while exploring such topics as ferrofluids, carbon nanotube models, nanogold and the origin of feather colors.

Nanoscience and materials science are two of five concentrations offered in UW-Stout’s applied science program. Nanotechnolgy is one of six concentrations in the engineering and technology program.

At the nanoscale level — the scale of atoms and molecules — many common materials exhibit unusual properties. Manipulating matter at this size enables innovations that weren’t possible before. Nanotechnology is revolutionizing research and development in medicine, computing, new materials, food, energy and other areas.

NanoDays is organized nationally by the Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network. Learn more at http://www.nisenet.org/nanodays.

For more information on NanoDays at UW-Stout, contact Marlann Patterson, assistant professor of physics, 715-232-2153, pattersonm@uwstout.edu.

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