NanoDays 2015



  • Saturday, April 4 | 11:00 am – 3:30 pm
  • Offering Format: Public Event
  • Locations throughout the Museum
  • Free with Exhibit Halls admission; purchase online


Imagine, discover, and explore a world that's too small to see. NanoDays is a nationwide celebration of nanoscale science, and you're invited! Come celebrate with us and enjoy nano-related activities throughout the Exhibit Halls, including the special events listed below.

NanoDays at the Museum of Science is sponsored by the Center for High-rate Nanomanufacturing headquartered at Northeastern University and the University of Massachusetts-Lowell; by the Center for Integrated Quantum Materials headquartered at Harvard University, MIT, Howard University and the Museum of Science; by the Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network headquartered at the Museum of Science; and by QSTORM: Switchable Quantum Dots & Adaptive Optics for Super-Resolution Imaging, a National Science Foundation-funded collaborative research project.

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Additional Information

NanoDays 2015 will include the following activities:

The Amazing Nano Brothers Juggling Show

Join virtuoso performers Dan and Joel as they provide a comic and unforgettable introduction to atoms, molecules, and nanoscale forces while juggling everything from baseball bats to potted plants — even while atop seven-foot unicycles! 40 minutes, 12:00 and 2:00 pm; Cahners Theater, Blue Wing, Level 2

Explore Hands-On Nano

Have fun exploring nanoscience concepts with scientists and engineers from Boston University, Harvard University, Howard University, MIT, Northeastern University, and the University of Massachusetts, Lowell. 11:00 am – 3:00 pm; Blue Wing, Lower Level

Special Presentations

Watch live presentations by leading researchers in the field of nanotechnology, and learn how they use nanotechnology to tackle real-world engineering problems. 20 minutes, 11:30 am, 12:30 pm. Gordon Current Science & Technology Center, Blue Wing, Level 1

  • 11:30 am – "The Future of Computing… with Quantum Materials"; Karine Thate, Museum of Science
  • 12:30 pm – "Diamonds: An Engineer's Best Friend"; Marko Loncar, Harvard University

Film Debut

Watch the world premiere film screening of From Lab to Fab: Pioneers in Nano-Manufacturing. Followed by Q&A with the nanotech entrepreneurs featured in the film: Peter Antoinette, Nanocomp Technologies, and Ahmed Busnaina, Northeastern University. 45 minutes, 2:30 pm. Gordon Current Science & Technology Center, Blue Wing, Level 1

Nanotech in Our Lives

Think nanotechnology is limited to the lab? Think again. Try out nanotech-enhanced products already on the market, and learn about the science that makes them work! Featuring Nanocomp Technologies and Raytheon. 11:00 am – 3:00 pm; Blue Wing, Lower Level

Discover Nano in Nature

Learn about the tiny nanostructures that give beautiful colors to butterfly wings and self-cleaning properties to leaves. 11:00 am – 3:00 pm; Butterfly Garden, Blue Wing, Level 2

You're the Nanoscientist!

Visit our Hands-On Laboratory to explore nanoscale science and engineering through hands-on activities and learn how nanoscientists are creating new materials and technologies. 1:30 – 3:30 pm; Suit/Cabot Lab, Red Wing, Lower Level