Its a Nano World and Too Small to See Exhibits

Cornell University has a traveling nanotech exhibit called, It's a Nano World. Over the last 3 years, elementary school children all over the United States have been learning about incomprehensibly tiny things by walking through and playing with very large and colorful things in a traveling science museum exhibition. The exhibition was created by Cornell University's National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded Nanobiotech-nology Center (NBTC) in partnership with the Sciencenter, Ithaca's

Sciencenter has a traveling nanotech exhibit called It's a Nano World and another one called Too Small To See. Attending the exhibits, school-aged children have been learning about tiny things by walking through and playing with very large and colorful objects in a traveling science museum exhibition. In this photo, a visitor at the exhibit is discovering that molecules are too small to see, but not too small to smell. (Courtesy Gary Hodges and the Sciencenter, Ithaca, NY)

hands-on science museum, and Painted Universe, a local design firm. The focus of the exhibit, aimed at 5- to 8-year-olds and their parents, is to explain concepts of size and scale, showing children that many things in the world are too small to be seen with the naked eye.

It's a Nano World exhibit first opened at the Sciencenter in 2003. Since then the exhibit has traveled to science museums in Ohio, South Carolina, Louisiana, Michigan, Virginia, and Texas. An estimated 3 million people have seen the exhibit.

Another exhibit developed by the same group at Cornell is called, "Too Small to See," This exhibit is aimed at middle school students to explain how nanotechnologists create and use devices on a molecular scale. The exhibit, aimed at 8- to 13-year-olds, helps visitors view the world at the atomic scale and to better understand just how small a nanometer is.

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