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NanoDays Celebration at Rochester Museum & Science Center Explores the World of the Super Tiny

    ROCHESTER, NY—Visitors to the Rochester Museum & Science Center (RMSC) are invited to investigate the teeny-tiny world of nanoscale science during NanoDays. Through exciting hands-on activities and demonstrations on the second and third floors of the Museum, community members explore the power of the tiniest science and technology and their huge impact on our future. The event takes place from 11am–3pm on Saturday, April 8 and Sunday, April 9.

    During the event, community members join RMSC experts, Rochester Institute of Technology students and other community science experts to learn about the miniscule world of atoms, molecules and nanoscale forces, in a way that’s fun, simple and easy to understand. Among the many activities, guests have the opportunity to meet “Rocco,” the RMSC’s crested gecko and learn about the nano pads on his feet that allow him to walk up vertical walls and the ceiling. Visitors also explore nano kinetic sand, electroplating – where visitors coat a nickel coin with copper and learn about nanometer-thin layers of materials, and also explore memory metal, which is an alloy that “remembers” its original shape and that when deformed returns to its pre-deformed shape when heated. Visitors also get hands-on with mystery shapes, where they use their sense of touch to investigate hidden objects and discover that researchers use special tools to detect and make images of nanoscale objects and more.

    Bruce Ha will also share his work with visitors. Owner of Sarah Ha Jewelry, Bruce makes jewelry and uses innovative technology that can inscribe the entire King James Bible on a disk the size of a dime.

    NanoDays at the RMSC is part of a nationwide festival of educational programs about nanoscale science and engineering. The National Informal STEM Education Network (NISE Net) is a community of informal educators and scientists dedicated to supporting learning about science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) across the United States. 

    The NanoDays program is free with regular museum admission: $14 adults, $13 seniors and college students with ID, $12 ages 3 to 18, free for children under 3 and RMSC members. Admission to the Elements of the Extreme exhibition (closing April 23) is also free with regular museum admission. For group reservations and rates, call 585.697.1942.

    For high-resolution images and additional information, contact Amanda Bayer, Marketing Communications Manager, RMSC at 585.697.1962 or

    Rochester Museum & Science Center (RMSC) includes the Science Museum, Strasenburgh Planetarium and Cumming Nature Center. Offering experiences at the Museum with more than 200 interactive exhibits, Planetarium with a 65-foot dome and Nature Center on 900 acres, the RMSC stimulates community interest in exploration. In addition, the more than 1.2 million RMSC collection items tell the story of Rochester’s past including its rich history of innovation and invention. RMSC receives major funding from Monroe County, where it is one of the top three most visited attractions serving children and families. For more information about RMSC, visit Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram.