Celebrate NanoDays at Lied Discovery Children’s Museum
Nationwide science-based educational program comes to Las Vegas

Saturday, April 2 , 2011 – 10:00am to 4:00pm

Lied Discovery Children’s Museum will host its own NanoDay, a full day of special programs and demonstrations exploring the science of size, on Saturday, April 2, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Educational games and activities will take place all over the museum, and regular museum admission will provide all visitors that day with access to all NanoDay activities.

NanoDay at Lied Discovery Children’s Museum is part of a nationwide festival of educational programs about nanoscale science and engineering. Organized by the Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network (NISE Net), this community-based event takes place nationally from March 26 through April 3. NanoDays is the largest public outreach effort in nanoscale informal science education and involves science museums, research centers, and universities from Puerto Rico to Alaska.

NanoDays celebrations bring university researchers together with science educators to create unique new learning experiences for both children and adults to explore the miniscule world of atoms, molecules, and nanoscale forces. Lied Discovery Children’s Museum is working with UNLV Chemical Interactions, a student organization working to educate youth through science. The group also performs community service such as environmental clean-ups, promotes leadership qualities and exposes its student members to various careers that benefit from their science background.

Originally launched by the Museum of Science in Boston, the Science Museum of Minnesota, and San Francisco’s Exploratorium, the NISE Network is now led by 14 museums and universities across the nation. In 2005, an initial grant funded formation of NISE Network to collaboratively develop and distribute innovative approaches to engaging Americans in nanoscale science and engineering. Through activities like NanoDays, the NISE Network is actively building partnerships between science museums and research centers to increase their capacity to engage the public. For more information about NISE Net or to download a digital NanoDays kit, visit www.NiseNet.org/NanoDays. For more information about Nano, visit www.WhatIsNano.org.

Lied Discovery Children’s Museum is located at 833 Las Vegas Blvd. North in downtown Las Vegas and features more than 100 interactive exhibits based on science, art and culture for children and families. For more information, visit www.LDCM.org or call (702) 382-3445.

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