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Very small science is creating very BIG ideas in Nano on our first floor!


Discover a world you can't see because it's so small!  Nano is all about nanoscale science, engineering, and technology and was created by the Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network (NISE Net) with support from the National Science Foundation.

Explore what happens when things get small, really small.  Use magnets to move magnetite sand, iron powder and ferrofluid.  How are they similar?  How are they different?
Build a giant carbon nanotube using carbon atoms.  How tall can you make the tube?  What makes the structure strong?

Create communities in balance on our tippy tables, adding buildings, trees, cars and people.  What is the impact of imbalance on our nano future?

Explore the relative effects of static electricity and gravity on beads of different size.  Spin the wheels to see how each one behaves!


NanoDays is a nationwide festival of educational programs about nanoscale science and engineering and its potential impact on the future. NanoDays events are organized by partners of NISE Net, and take place at over 200 science museums, research centers, and universities across the country from Puerto Rico to Hawaii. NanoDays engages people of all ages in learning about this emerging field of science, which holds the promise of developing revolutionary materials and technologies.


The Maine Discovery Museum is loaded with kids' activities! Looking for things to do with children? The Maine Discovery Museum is a great place to find things to do with kids of all ages!