Museum Outreach

A Next Generation middle school student (left) shows a young science museum visitor the
A Next Generation middle school student (left) shows a young science museum visitor the "magic" of nanotechnology-infused fabric.

Nano-CEMMS participates in several museum programs aimed toward building a nanotechnology workforce and raising public awareness of the upcoming opportunities and societal implications of nanomanufacturing:

  • Science educators at the Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose, CA, have used a Nano-CEMMS traveling exhibit on stretchable silicon to teach youth and adults about emerging technologies.
  • Visitors at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago can learn about an electronic eyeball camera developed by the Rogers group in a permanent exhibit on optics. 
  • Educators at the Children's Discovery Museum in Normal, Illinois, use the Nano-CEMMS education modules in their Learning Labs program for middle school students.  Learning labs are 45-minute interactive programs with hands-on activities and experiments.
  • Students at Next Generation Middle School in Champaign participate as "Weekend Wizards" at the Orpheum Children's Museum in Champaign.  Students make presentations to parents and children and explain what they have been doing with nanotechnology projects in their school.