Kids are studying on the nano scale

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT)-Faculty of the Arkansas State University Museum are inviting parents to bring their kids out and step into the world of science.

Nano Night is taking place every other week at the ASU Museum.

Curator of Education for the ASU Museum, Jill Kary, says they're combing education with fun.

"We are going to solve a mystery that can only be solved on the nano scale," Kary said. "It's going to be very interactive. Children will be going on a scavenger hunt all through the museum. We are going to be looking for hydrogel. Hydrogel can absorb water. And an evil scientist is using hydrogel to absorb the water from animals and so, we are going to go after this hydrogel and try to find his stash."

Nano Science is the study of things that are really, really small.

In fact, things found at the nano scale are one billionth the size of things you can see.

A regular microscope can't even detect something on the nano scale.

It requires a special microscope to see something that small.

Kary says they started this event because children learn by doing.

"It has been proven again and again," Kary said. "That children learn better when they are playing. I know it is necessary sometimes for a child to sit down, listen and take notes. But, you know, they are actually learning more when they take their hands and are doing something."

Kary says schools are beginning to pick up nano science.

"This science is relatively new," Kary said. "Schools are beginning to teach things about nano science. However, young children, very young children can learn about the study of the really small. Because this is going to prepare them for the science of the future. There are nano scientists that are going into whole careers just to create products out of nano scale things, such as gold and silver. They take things down to the nano scale and turn them into something else. And once children get this concept, it will be beneficial to them later on."

Kary says the best part about Nano Night is it gets parents out and doing something fun with their kids.

"This is fun," Kary said. "It gets people out. It causes the children to learn and it's worth learning about. That's what we want to be involved in at the ASU Museum."

This event was made possible through a three thousand dollar grant awarded the museum from the National Institution of Science and Education.

Nano Night will be taking place again on May 22nd.

For more information about the Arkansas State University Museum and the programs they do, log onto their website.

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