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April 19, 2005

Purdue nanotechnology research showcased at children's museum

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Youngsters will have the opportunity to learn firsthand about nanotechnology through video animations, a wall of nano-art, hands-on activities, posters and a LEGO scanning probe microscope at a special exhibit presented through May 31.

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Purdue University's Department of Physics and the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, in conjunction with the Children's Museum of Oak Ridge, will present "Nanotechnology: The Science of Making Things Smaller" through May 31 at the museum in Oak Ridge, Tenn.

The exhibit was constructed by a team of Purdue students and faculty as part of the Engineering Projects in Community Service, or EPICS. Ronald Reifenberger, a professor of physics; and Michael Melloch, a professor of electrical and computer engineering, directed the project. It is sponsored by the NASA Institute of Nanoelectronics and Computation, the National Science Foundation Network for Computational Nanotechnology and the Birck Nanotechnology Center in Discovery Park, all at Purdue.

General admission to the museum is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors age 62 and older, $4 for children age 3-18. Admission is free for children two and younger. The museum is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 1:30-4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For more information, call the museum at (865) 482-1074.

Writer: Cynthia Sequin, (765) 494-4192, csequin@purdue.edu

Source: Melloch, (765) 494-3528, michael.r.melloch.1@purdue.edu

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PHOTO CAPTION:
Students interact with the LEGO nanotechnology exhibit that is one of several displays in the "Nanotechnology: The Science of Making Things Smaller" project directed by Purdue University's Department of Physics and its School of Electrical and Computer Engineering in conjunction with the Children's Museum of Oak Ridge in Oak Ridge, Tenn. The project, which will be on exhibit through May 31, provides information on nanotechnology for elementary age children through video animations, a wall of nano-art, hands-on activities, posters and a LEGO scanning probe microscope. The exhibit was constructed by a team of Purdue students and faculty as part of the Engineering Projects in Community Service, or EPICS. Ronald Reifenberger, a professor of physics, and Michael Melloch, a professor of electrical and computer engineering, directed the project. (Photo courtesy of Michael Melloch)

A publication-quality photograph is available at http://news.uns.purdue.edu/images/+2005/melloch.museum.jpg

 

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