Rockford’s Discovery Center Museum will host NanoDay with special demonstrations and activities from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, March 24.
Visitors can investigate real-life applications of nanotechnology including clothes that stay clean, sunglasses that turn clear and socks that never smell bad.
Discovery Center staff will offer live science demonstrations related to nanoscience. In addition, representatives from Wisconsin-Madison Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center will have several hands-on activity stations for visitors. All activities are included with museum admission.
NanoDays 2012 is the fifth annual nationwide festival of educational programs about nanoscale science and engineering and its potential impact on the future.
NanoDays celebrations bring university researchers together with science museum educators to create unique new learning experiences for both children and adults to explore the miniscule world of atoms, molecules and nanoscale forces.
Many scientists and engineers believe advances in nanotechnology have the potential to bolster the U.S. economy with innovations providing clean, secure, affordable energy, techniques to clean up hazardous chemicals in the environment, and medical devices and drugs to detect and treat diseases more effectively and with fewer side effects.
Discovery Center Museum is inside Riverfront Museum Park, 711 N. Main St., Rockford. General admission is $7 for adults and children ages 2-17, and free to museum members and children 1 and younger. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Saturday, and noon-5 p.m., Sunday. For more details, call (815) 963-6769 or visit www.discoverycentermusuem.org.
From the March 21-27, 2012, issue