How scientists see and make things that are too small to see is the focus of the interactive exhibition “Zoom Into Nano” opening January 19 through May 12 at the American Museum of Science and Energy in Oak Ridge.
Nanoscale science and engineering is the process through which materials are manipulated on the molecular scale to generate very, very small structures and devices. Visitors can make and see nanostructures and explore what nanotechnology is and how it might affect our lives. Families can explore the amazing properties of memory metal, liquid crystals and magnetic fluid. While all of the exhibits are fun, visitors can zoom down to the nano level of a real image like a butterfly’s wing and an oyster shell to see how beautiful everyday objects are at the nanoscale.
Visitors can discover that molecules are too small to see, but not too small to smell. Families can use their senses to lead them on a nano journey from small (sand), to smaller (dust), to nano (smell). Visitors can also experience the constant motion of atoms and molecules in a variety of exhibits, including the “Atom Transporter” where the challenge is to arrange individual atoms into a pattern while them move. Families will have a chance to view, build and stretch molecules while exploring their shape and structure.
Highlights of the implications of current and future developments in new tools and materials in nanoscale science and engineering are also showcased. Advances in nanotechnology are likely to change the way we design and fabricate also every everything from faster computers with greater storage capacity to stain repellent clothes to things that are still beyond our imagination.
The American Museum of Science and Energy, located at 300 South Tulane Avenue in Oak Ridge, is open Monday – Saturday from 9 am – 5 pm and Sunday 1 – 5 pm. AMSE admission is Adults $5, Seniors (65+) $4, Students (6 – 17) $3 and Children (5 and under) free. AMSE members are free. Group rates are available for 20 or more with advance reservations. AMSE memberships, good for 12 months from purchase date, are Family $40, Grandparents $35, Individuals $25 and Family & Friends $75. AMSE members receive unlimited museum visits and free admission to 250 museums that participate in the ASTC Passport Program. AMSE members get discounts on Discovery Shop merchandise and discounts on classes, programs, camps and birthday parties. For more information on AMSE memberships, exhibits, programs and events, click on www.amse.org To schedule group visits, call AMSE at (865) 576-3200.
Contact: Lissa Clarke
Public Information Officer
American Museum of Science and Energy
Tel. (865) 576-3218
January 8, 2013