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February 8, 2013

Children’s Museum, ISU Center for Science Education to host Nano World event

TERRE HAUTE — On Saturday, Feb. 9, from 1 to 4 p.m., guests at the Terre Haute Children’s Museum will get to explore the fascinating word of nanoscience or, in simple terms, the science of teeny, tiny things. The Indiana State University Center for Science Education will lead a number of hands-on activities for museum guests during the Nano World event. The activities are free with museum admission.

Nanoscience is the science of any structure that is so small that it has to be measured in nanometers. According to the Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network, scientists and engineers learned to observe, measure, and manipulate individual atoms and molecules during the second half of the 20th century. Imagine placing LEGOs together in various way — the same concept applies to nanoscale technology.

Now, scientists are using nanoscience and nanotechnology to design things like golf clubs that make straighter shots and athletic shoes for better shock absorption. In the kitchen, new nanoscience discoveries help keep foods fresher longer, and nano fabric treatments have even been successful in making sure spills are not absorbed and smells are not stuck in fabric.

During the Nano World event at the museum, ISU students and faculty will have a number of nanoscience-related stations set up where guests can experiment with memory wire, magic sand, lava lamps and super strength bubbles. They'll also demonstrate the science behind static electricity floating orbs, the nano scale, scanning probe microscopes, waterproof glass and stain resistant fabric.

The event is part of the ISU Community Semester. The Community Semester, which focuses on the theme “Our Town,” is a way for the ISU College of Arts and Sciences to showcase what it does best and to encourage faculty and students to share what they are learning with the community.

The Nano World event will take place at the Terre Haute Children’s Museum, 727 Wabash Ave., from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 9. The Nano World activities are free with museum admission. Admission to the Terre Haute Children’s Museum is $7 for adults and children age 2 and over. Children under the age of 2 and members of the Terre Haute Children’s Museum are admitted for free.

For more information about the Terre Haute Children’s Museum, visit www.thchildrensmuseum.com or www.facebook.com/terrehautechildrensmuseum, call 812-235-5548 or email info@terrehautechildrensmuseum.com.

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