With “Nano Utica” and the Quad-C project promising to create more than 1,000 high-tech jobs in the Mohawk Valley, the region has been hearing a lot about nanotechnology and the ways it is revolutionizing research and development in medicine, computing, new materials, food, energy, and other areas.
On Saturday, March 29, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., MVCC will bring such concepts to life at NanoDays, part of a nationwide festival of educational programs organized by the Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network (NISE Net), and brought to the Mohawk Valley by MVCC’s STEM Center. Admission is free.
MVCC’s Information Technology Building on the Utica Campus will be transformed into a showcase of everything nano, giving visitors a unique, hands-on opportunity to explore the miniscule world of atoms, molecules, and nanoscale forces. A range of exhibits will demonstrate the special and unexpected properties found at the nano scale, examine tools used by nanoscientists, and invite discussion of technology and society.
Students will explore capillary action and non-Newtonian fluids, investigate new nano products and materials, and imagine what society might be like if we all wore invisibility cloaks. Other activities will include using electricity to make a nickel coin look like a penny, a demonstration of ferrofluids, and a display and video on the materials used to make the integrated circuits used in computers and cell phones.
About NISE Net
NISE Net is a national community of researchers and informal science educators dedicated to fostering public awareness, engagement, and understanding of nanoscale science, engineering, and technology. The NISE Network community in the United States is led by 14 organizations, and includes hundreds of museums and universities nationwide. NISE Net was launched in 2005 with funding from the National Science Foundation, and received a five-year renewal in 2010.
Through programs like NanoDays, the NISE Network is actively building partnerships between science museums and research centers to increase their capacity to engage the public in learning about nanoscale science and engineering.
About MVCC’s STEM Center
MVCC’s Center for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM Center) prepares students in these fields whether they are seeking a one-year certificate, an associate degree, or transfer to a four-year institution. Engineering and Physical Sciences programs are the gateway to four-year degrees and give students hands-on experience in chemistry, physics, engineering, and chemical technology. Engineering Technologies and Trades programs train students for transfer or immediate entry into the workforce. Students can focus on areas such as air conditioning, welding, carpentry and masonry, and manufacturing.