Outreach / Education – Community
Sheldon Art Museum Gallery Night
The Sheldon Exhibition of “The Romance of the Moon: Science Fiction Invades Art” explored nanoscience and other themes by hosting activities around space exploration, environmental crisis, the relationship between human and machine and creative invention. Visitors of all ages enjoyed a tour of the Voelte-Keegan Nanoscience Center and an informative talk by Dr. Ducharme (UNL Physics) and NCMN Nanoart Competition winners Alexey Lipatov (Chemistry) and Mark Koten (Engineering).
Southeast Community College Class
Dr. Rebecca Lai (UNL Department of Chemistry) recently provided a class using Harry Potter books which have captured the imaginations of millions of readers of all ages, including many engineers and scientists. Southeast Community College provided an ideal place to introduce all ages of students to the magic of Hogwarts that exists in our own world (aka science and technology). Alchemical concepts and their relation to modern chemistry were covered in the class, including the chemistry of gold and the elixir of life. Other nano related topics such as food chemistry, invisibility cloak, disappearing ink, and fireworks were also discussed.
We’ve expanded our STEM/Nano learning experiences to new rural areas where audiences are underserved in terms of science opportunities. Partnering with Edgerton Explorit Center in Aurora, Nebraska we brought nano to thousands of visitors.
• Traveling Nano Exhibit
“Nano” is an exciting new exhibition to communicate about the extremely small scale of nanoscience and how interactions of materials at this tiny level shape our world in powerful ways. This 400 sq. ft exhibit is scheduled for travel to the following museums across Nebraska. The exhibit was created by NISE Net—the Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network and sponsored by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Nebraska Center for Materials and Nanoscience (NCMN) and Nebraska EPSCoR.
- June/July/August: Strategic Air & Space Museum (exhibit opens Saturday, June 13)
- Sept/Oct/Nov/Dec (2015) & Jan 2016: Hastings Museum
- Feb/March/April 2016: The Edgerton Explorit Center
- May/June/July/August 2016: Kearney Area Children’s Museum
- August/Sept/Oct/Nov 2016: The Eleanor Barbour Cook Museum, Chadron State College
- Jan/Feb/Mar 2017: The Wayne State College A. Jewell Schock Museum of Natural History and the Fred G. Dale Planetarium
The Nebraska Center for Materials and Nanoscience (NCMN) and the University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) held Lincoln’s annual NanoDays event at Gateway Shopping Center. NanoDays is a nationwide festival of educational programs about nanoscale science and engineering and its potential impact on the future. The event engages people of all ages in learning about this emerging field of science, which holds the promise of developing revolutionary materials and technologies.
The University of Nebraska State Museum hosted its annual Astronomy Day celebration. NCMN participated in the event, which included a booth with information, hands-on activities, and games about carbon nanotubes, metals that change shape on their own, and space elevators which are now a possibility because of new and innovative materials. Over 300 visitors attended the afternoon event.
Speakers Bureau at UNL
NCMN is now working with UNL's Speakers Bureau as an outreach partner to promote science demonstrations in the Materials/Nanoscience area. Faculty members can contact Barb Bowers, UNL Communications, at firstname.lastname@example.org if they are interested in presenting science talks or demonstrations to schools and in other community venues. The Speakers Bureau will contact schools and provide administrative and advertising help. Travel expenses are covered.