College, OWL to Offer Nano Days Science Fair

April 1st, 2013 | Categories: Uncategorized

SUNY Oneonta and the Oneonta World of Learning (OWL) have teamed up to offer their third annual NanoDays science festival. The event—dubbed “The Biggest Event for the Smallest Science!”—will take place Saturday, April 6, from noon to 4 p.m. in the Science I building atrium on the SUNY Oneonta campus.

A community-based project, NanoDays is part of a nationwide educational initiative to promote a greater understanding of nanoscale science and engineering. It involves science museums, research centers, and universities from Puerto Rico to Alaska.

The Science Discovery Center’s program will allow children and adults to explore the miniscule world of atoms, molecules, and nanoscale forces. A variety of fun, hands-on activities will demonstrate the special and unexpected properties found at the nanoscale, examine tools used by nanoscientists, showcase nano materials with spectacular promise, and invite discussion of technology and society.

Guided by student volunteers from the college, participants will explore how 3D images are made, investigate new nano products and materials, and imagine what the world might look like if we could build an elevator to space. Other activities include a scavenger hunt, making bracelets that change color in the sun, and the play “Attack of the Nanoscientist.”

In conjunction with the event, SUNY Oneonta will offer three free planetarium shows throughout the afternoon. This year’s show will be “Life: A Cosmic Story,” a high-speed ride through the history of life, produced by the California Academy of Sciences and narrated by Jodie Foster. Tickets for the planetarium shows are free, but limited. To sign up for tickets, visit the Science Discovery Center’s website.