222 Day Hall
Ithaca, New York
E: VP Research
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.