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April 7, 2018

NanoDays 2018

Imagine, discover, and explore a world that's too small to see. NanoDays is a museum-wide celebration of nanoscale and quantum science, and you're invited! Come celebrate with us and enjoy nano-related activities throughout the Exhibit Halls, including the special events listed below.

Explore Hands-On Nano

Have fun exploring nanoscience concepts with young scientists and engineers from Boston University, Harvard University, Howard University, MIT, Mount Holyoke College Northeastern University and the University of Massachusetts, Lowell.

Special Presentations

Watch live presentations by leading researchers and learn how they use nanotechnology and quantum science to tackle real-world challenges. Gordon Current Science & Technology Center Stage, Blue Wing, Level 1

Exploring New Worlds with Quantum Diamonds

  • Saturday, 12:30 pm
  • Dr. Ron Walsworth, Harvard University

Who knew that pink diamonds could give us insight into the age of the solar system, the structure of molecules, and ocean navigation?

A Quantum Mechanic’s Quest for the Perfect Conductor

  • Saturday, 2:30 pm
  • Dr. Joe Checkelsky, MIT

Using clues from ancient tile patterns, crystal nanostructures, and the Periodic Table, an MIT team searches for new materials that exhibit extraordinary properties at room temperature.

Quantum Matters Science Communication Competition Finals

Who can give the best 3-minute talk explaining one aspect of quantum science and technology to a family audience? Four young people compete for fame, fortune, and your vote. Join us at the Gordon Current Science & Technology Center Stage, Blue Wing, Level 1 to learn about the strange and fascinating world of quantum mechanics, and help select the Audience Choice Award winner. To find out how things went go to Quantum Matters Competition.

  • 11:30 am, Warm-up Round
  • 3:30 pm, Finals
  • 4:00 pm, Awards Ceremony
  • Finalists: Rebecca Engelke, Srujan Meesala, Jessica Pointing, Joseph Yoon

Quantum Matters™ Science Communication Competition

Distinguished Panel of Judges:

  • Joe Checkelsky, Professor of Physics at MIT
  • Evelyn Hu, Professor of Applied Physics and Electrical Engineering at Harvard
  • Chris Schmidt, Senior Producer at NOVA/PBS
  • Sue Stoessel, Senior Education Associate at the Museum of Science

The Amazing Nano Brothers Juggling Show

Join virtuoso performers Dan and Joel as they provide a comic and unforgettable introduction to atoms, molecules, and nanoscale forces while juggling everything from baseball bats to potted plants — even while atop seven-foot unicycles! Performances at 1:00 and 3:00 pm in Cahners Theater.

Discover Nano in Nature

Visit the Butterfly Garden to learn about the tiny nanostructures that give beautiful colors to butterfly wings and self-cleaning properties to leaves.

You're the Nanoscientist!

Visit our Hands-On Laboratory to explore nanoscale science and engineering through hands-on activities and learn how nanoscientists are creating new materials and technologies.

This year’s NanoDays at the Museum of Science (MOS) is brought to you with support from the National Science Foundation through the Center for Integrated Quantum Materials at Harvard University, MIT, Howard University, and MOS (1231319). NanoDays originated at MOS with support from the NISE Network (0940143).


Locations throughout the Museum

Public Event

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