Science Center to Host Nanotechnology Events

SUNY Oneonta’s Science Discovery Center will offer two events designed to educate the public about the science of nanotechnology this month. A workshop for area middle school students will be held Saturday, March 10, from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Participants will work with SUNY Oneonta faculty and students in the Physical Science Building laboratories. One team will synthesize silver nanoparticles and compare their antimicrobial ability to other forms of silver, while a second team builds working dye-sensitized solar cells with titanium dioxide nanocrystals. The day’s experiments will conclude with a pizza party. This workshop is funded by a grant from the Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network (NISENet). Participation in the nanotechnology workshop and pizza party is free of charge, but space is limited. To register or for more information, visit the Science Discovery Center’s website. On Saturday, March 31, SUNY Oneonta will partner with the Oneonta World of Learning to present NanoDays 2012, a hands-on activity fair now in its second year. This year’s event will feature 10 new activities in addition to some favorites from last year. Participants will have the chance to investigate super- thin materials, experiment with light on nanostructures and take home a DNA necklace. Kids can pick up a “Passport to Nano,” and those who get it stamped at each station will go home with a goody bag. NanoDays will take place from noon to 4 p.m. in the lobby of the Science I Building on Ravine Parkway. More information on these events is available from Dr. Kelly Gallagher at (607) 436-3180 or kelly.gallagher@oneonta.edu, or Dr. Paul French at (607) 436-3358 or paul.french@oneonta.edu.