Steve Russo, director of the East Kentucky Science Center and Planetarium, demonstrates the magnetic properties of ink.  The East Kentucky Science Center and Planetarium (EKSC), powered by Appalachian Wireless, is one of only three science centers in Kentucky to host a national festival of educational programs focused on nanoscale science and engineering on Saturday, March 28 on the Prestonsburg campus of Big Sandy Community and Technical College (BSCTC).

NanoDays is a community-based event and is the largest public outreach effort in nanoscale informal science education. It is organized through the Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network (NISE Net).

We are excited about offering this wonderful program to the people of the Big Sandy region, said Steve Russo, director of the EKSC. Our event will combine hands-on activities and well talk about how nanoscientists have played instrumental roles in research.

At the NanoScale (the scale of atoms and molecules), many common materials exhibit unusual properties. The ability to manipulate matter at this size enables innovations that werent possible before. Nanotechnology is revolutionizing research and development in medicine, computing, new materials, food, energy, sports and other areas.

NISE Net is a national community of researchers and informal science educators dedicated to fostering public awareness, engagement, and understanding of nanoscale science, engineering, and technology. The NISE Network community in the United States is led by 12 organizations, and includes hundreds of museums and universities nationwide.

The program, which is free, will be conducted immediately following the 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. planetarium shows.

For more information, contact Russo at (606) 889-4809 or email srusso0002@kctcs.edu