The Maryland Science Center hosts NanoDays this year on Saturday, April 2 and they need your help. They are looking for college students willing to help the public at some of their activity stations. Activity stations run from noon to 4 pm on April 2. They all provide hands-on activities.
- Stained Glass Suncatchers – Even medieval artists used nano! Make a suncatcher to take home. This station is about nanogold and nanosilver being different colors depending on their particle size.
- Nano-Rainbows – See how nano can be beautiful and make an iridescent bookmark to take home. This station is about thin films and their properties.
- Lotus Leaves and NanoPants – How can leaves and pants clean themselves? With nano, of course! This station is about the “self-cleaning” lotus effect found on some leaves and how it has been mimicked to make stain-resistant pants.
- Tiny Tools – Normal tools are too big for the nano world, so what do scientists use? This station is about the types of microscopes that are used to study the nanoscale.
- Defying Gravity – You might be surprised to see what forces are stronger than gravity. This station is about how forces other than gravity dominate in scales smaller than the macro.
The Maryland Science Center asks that volunteers to arrive half an hour early to get acquainted with the building and the activities. The Maryland Science Center may be able to provide parking for a small number of cars, but volunteers need to arrange that ahead of time. It would also be extremely helpful to know, as accurately as possible, the number of people who would be coming so that we can make sure we have all our stations adequately covered.
To participate, contact Katrina Gorga by March 30: Katrina Gorga, BodyLink and Wet Lab Manager Education Department, Maryland Science Center firstname.lastname@example.org