It’s a Nano World After All - Newark Museum Unveils Nano: The Science of the Super Small on September 20

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This interactive exhibit has been designed to engage family audiences in nanoscale science, engineering and technology. Hands-on exhibits present the basics of nanoscience and engineering, introduce some real world applications, and explore the societal and ethical implications of this new technology. Visitors can engage in a series of challenges activities to learn about real nano products and phenomena, explore nano materials and their properties, as well as build some nano products. Demonstrations presented by the Museum's Explorers, will also engage and intrigue visitors as they discover the fascinating world of nano technology.

Imagine discovering and exploring a world too tiny to see and you’ll be imagining Nano.

On Sept 20, the Newark Museum’s Science Department unveils a new family experience entitled Nano: The Science of the Super Small. Curated by the Museum’s Director of Science Ismael Calderon,Ed.D., the exhibit includes hands-on, interactive opportunities that invite exploration of Nano phenomena and technology and its real world applications and implications.    

The Nano exhibit, another of the Museum’s science and educational programs whose mission is to foster a vibrant lifelong interest in science and technology, includes many opportunities for adults and children to discover, explore and make relevant the world we share, according to Dr. Calderon.

In one part of the exhibit, families can play with magnets to explore how material behaves differently at different sizes. At another, entitled Build a Giant Carbon Nanotube, they manipulate foam construction pieces to make a large model of a tiny structure called a carbon nanotube. “There are myriad examples of nano in nature, technology, and in the home,” Calderon pointed out. I Spy Nano lets museum-goers listen, look, and touch to discover nano in the world around them. At Balance our Nano Future, a variety of blocks present the challenge of trying to create a stable nano world — by asking players to balance the blocks on a “tippy” table.

Throughout the exhibition, interactive panels provide “tiny solutions” for big problems; exciting technologies inspired by nature, and different perspectives on nanotechnology. Nano: The Science of the Super Small includes a comfortable seating area with additional reading material providing families an opportunity to discuss further what they have learned.

Nano: The Science of the Super Small is produced by the Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network (NISE Network) with funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF).


The Newark Museum is located at 49 Washington Street in the Downtown/Arts District of Newark, New Jersey, just 3 blocks from NJPAC and 10 miles west of New York City. The Museum is open all year round: Wednesdays through Sundays, from Noon – 5:00 p.m. Suggested Museum admission: Adults, $10.00; Children, Seniors and Students with valid I.D., $6.00. Newark Residents and Members are admitted free. The Museum Café is open for lunches Wednesday through Sunday. Convenient parking is available for a fee. The Newark Museum campus, including its collections, facilities, and other resources, is accessible to accommodate the broadest audience possible, including individuals utilizing wheelchairs, with physical impairments, other disabilities, or special needs. For general information, call 973-596-6550 or visit our web site,

Newark Museum, a not-for-profit museum of art, science and education, receives operating support from the City of Newark, the State of New Jersey, the New Jersey Council on the Arts/Department of State — a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, the New Jersey Cultural Trust, the Prudential Foundation, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the Victoria Foundation, the Wallace Foundation and other corporations, foundations and individuals. Funds for acquisitions and activities other than operations are provided by members and other contributors.

The Newark Museum is just a few steps from the new NJTransit Light Rail Washington Park Station. Direct connection with the Light Rail at the Broad Street Station and through Penn Station makes the Museum a convenient ride from all points in the region.

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