Montana State University


The Biggest Event for the Smallest Science

Feb. 28, 2017 from 5pm to 7pm

Montana State University hosts a free science outreach event called NanoDays / MicroDays: a celebration of the small!

Learn about nanoscale science and engineering through hands-on activities and demonstrations for kids and adults. You can also learn about other small-scale science, including microbiology in Yellowstone.

Help build a carbon nanotube, try the electric squeeze, play with nanosand and get a nano tattoo!

Come anytime between 5pm and 7pm.

Nanodays is celebrated at Montana State University as part of a nationwide week of public outreach in nanoscience.

What is Nanoscience?

NanoDaysNanoscience is the study of extremely small particles. Nanoscientists work with particles and devices between one and 100 nanometers in size (the head of a pin is 1,000,000 nanometers across). Through nanoscience, scientists have developed disease-fighting drugs, computer components, transparent sunscreen, ultra-strong sports equipment and many other applications.

At MSU, researchers are using nanoscience to develop targeted vaccines, magnetic materials for electronics, and catalysts for producing hydrogen. Nanoscience is an emerging field that blends chemistry, physics, engineering and other areas of science, and is one of the country's top research priorities.

For more information about NanoScience, visit the National Science Foundation-funded Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network (NISENet). Montana State University is a member.


We need volunteers to run stations at the Nanodays event. We welcome MSU faculty, students, and student groups as well as off-campus businesses and organizations.

You can run a station by:

  • using a pre-designed activity from one of our NanoDays kits
  • designing your own activity or exhibit

For more information about participating in NanoDays 2017, contact Suzi Taylor with MSU Extended University at

Thank you to all the volunteers who have made NanoDays a huge success at MSU since 2008!

Teachers, informal educators, and outreach professionals:

Two boys at NanodaysYou can borrow Extended University's NanoDays kits and explore the science of the small with youth of all ages!

Contact Suzi Taylor at for information on how you can:

  • Explore invisibility
  • Find out why a blue morpho butterfly is blue
  • Learn about surface tension with the tiniest teacup you'll ever see
  • Create your own irridescent "thin film" to take home
  • Discuss some of the impacts of this new science on society: How do you feel about a nano-sized tracking device being implanted in your body (or passport?) Can nanotechnology solve our energy crisis? Will nanoparticles contaminate our water supply? Our materials include discussion guides and resources for exploring these intriguing questions.

Plus many other hands-on activities, games and educational resources for classrooms, camps, visiting students and adults.

We also have training materials. Experience in nanoscale science and engineering is not necessary!

Need some ideas? Check out the list and description of activities (PDF) at NanoDays 2014.

We have even more kits and resources than this! Schedule an appointment to come to Extended University. We will show you all the kits and resources so you can decide what you would like to borrow.

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Thank You!

Thanks to MSU Extended University and Montana NSF EPSCoR for hosting this event and to the National Library of Medicine for additional support.

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