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The Nanobiotechnology Center (NBTC), in collaboration with the Sciencenter of Ithaca, is creating a large-scale traveling exhibition about nanobiotechnology. The exhibition introduces children and their families to the biological wonders of the nanoworld.

The target audience for this interactive learning environment is children ages 5 to 8. Taking complex concepts of nanotechnology and translating them into concepts understandable by young children is one of the challenges. The exhibition development team, however, created several themes: amazing things happen that are too small to see with just your eyes; scientists and kids can use tools to observe these small things; small things are made up of even smaller pieces; there are many small things inside my body; and nano is really, really small. Exhibits will include huge magnifying glasses, fluorescence cell sorters (with balls representing cells), a magnification station with microscopes and objects of all types, and a scope on a rope that magnifies objects up to 200 times.

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