SCHENECTADY — Advances in nanotechnology are likely to change the way we design and fabricate almost everything – from faster computers, to stain repellent clothes, to new medicines to treat diseases, and technologies that are beyond our imagination.
miSci invites visitors from Tech Valley and beyond to discover a dynamic new exhibition, Zoom Into Nano, during a four-month exploration of materials at the atomic scale.
At 5,000 square feet, Zoom Into Nano presents a variety of large-scale, immersive experiences in the world of nanotechnology and is perfect “edu-tainment” for the entire family.
“This exhibit is fun,” said miSci President Dr. Gina C. Gould, “it’s full of engaging interactives that encourage visitors to use all of their other senses to detect a particle world that they cannot see. It’s a fascinating exploration of the big ways our lives are impacted by the incredibly small.”
Zoom Into Nano includes interactive stations that “zoom” into tiny structures and devices to see the amazing beauty of natural and manmade objects at very high magnification. It immerses visitors into models of atoms and molecules that are enlarged to 100 million times their actual size. And, it allows visitors to use their hands to do such thing as grab and pull apart the ends of a virtual RNA molecule and more.
Zoom Into Nano was developed by Sciencenter of Ithaca, NY, through a partnership with Cornell University, with funding from the National Science Foundation.
Zoom Into Nano will be on exhibition from now through May 11.
miSci is located at 15 Nott Terrace Heights in Schenectady. miSci General admission is: Children (3-12) $8; Seniors (65+) $10; Adults $12. Planetarium tickets are $6. Access to Zoom into Nano is included in general admission.
Zoom Into Nano is just one of many dynamic exhibits planned over the next three years as miSci launches a new traveling exhibition program.
miSci announced the plan last November as an exciting new exhibition program, including a dynamic three-year schedule of changing exhibitions at the museum and the launch of a traveling exhibition program. Led by miSci President and seasoned curator, Dr. Gina C. Gould, the museum’s new exhibition strategy will better serve its visitors and create a new revenue stream to support its operations and expansion.
For the next three years, miSci will present three major interactive STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) exhibitions, in addition to its annual indoor butterfly house (Feb-April) and model train display (Nov-Jan). The exhibition schedule is built around the seasonal nature of the museum’s visitorship, welcoming families during the summer and school groups in the spring and fall.