Norwalk shrinks to nano-scale

March 20, 2014 by  

The Stepping Stones Museum for Children in Norwalk will be hosting a NanoFestival beginning later this month to teach children (and adults) about the amazing world that exists at the nano-scale.

Nano-sized objects exist at the molecular, atomic, or even sub-atomic scale and present exciting new opportunities for people in the modern world because of new end products created using them.

One of the most well-known classes of nano-objects are carbon nanotubes—tiny structures that are used to make materials that are both lightweight and super strong, i.e. parts of computers, rockets, satellites, and, in some cases, sports equipment. The NanoFestival will seek to introduce the idea of nanoparticles and what they consist of, how they are created, what they are used for, and why. The material presented will be structured for children, but parents are welcome to attend and ask questions as well.

The festival will be held at the museum at 303 West Avenue, Norwalk and is divided into three separate sessions: NanoScience (learning about nano-materials), Build a NanoTube (hands-on experience), and Attack of the Nanoscientist (a ten-minute play). Organizers may wish to have poster printing done to help advertise the festival.

The festival will begin March 30 and run at various times over the course of the following week. Those interested can visit the group’s web site for exact times.