28 February 2012 ~ 0 Comments

Local Library, School and RIMOSA Team to Teach Latest Science

It is called “nano” and it is one billionth of a meter in size.  That’s the scale that’s used to measure atoms and molecules!  And on that scale, common materials can have very unusual properties.  That’s the basis of a new field of science called “nanotechnology”, which is producing remarkable advances in areas as unrelated as medicine, cosmetics, solar panels and more.

Unfortunately, there’s often a lag between when scientists become aware of a new technology and when grade school students learn about it.  But thanks to an NSF funded kit produced by the Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network (NISEnet) and recently awarded to the Rhode Island Museum of Science and Art (RIMOSA), older elementary school and middle school students will not only learn about nano-scale, they will do hands-on experiments to learn more about nanotechnology!

RIMOSA will join with the Providence Community Library to offer several free nano-scale workshops during the last week of March (also known as “nano-days”).  They have worked with the Wanskuck branch to partner with the Veazie Street Elementary School, next door to the Wanskuck Library, to offer programs specifically to each of their 4th and 5th grade classes.  In order to augment their science offerings, the students will walk over to the library during their school day to participate in the RIMOSA workshop.  Among other activities, students will make thin films only a few hundred nanometers thick and experiment with nanostructure on butterflies.

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