¡Bienvenido a la Nanodimensión! is an exhibition produced by our Institute in 2010 and co-funded by the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology, FECYT, and the Government of Aragon. Since then, it has been exhibited in more than 20 cities and has been visited by more than 50,000 people.
It is an exhibition aimed at a family audience that tries to transmit a passion for knowledge, the possibility of getting to know a new world, a tiny world but one that has a great influence on what happens in the macroscopic world that we see with our own eyes. The visitor is invited to enter into the content in an original and entertaining way.
The exhibition of three zones. In each of them, a key aspect of nanoscience is developed:
– Zone 1: What is nanoscience?
The aim of thiconsists s area is for visitors to understand what nanoscience is and what scale we are talking about when we talk about this discipline. To do this, we will use different visual tools to attract the attention of the participants, such as audiovisual material with an attractive design for children to help them understand what nanoscience is, a scale graduated in nanometres where participants can see the size relationship between them and the nanometre thanks to comparisons with elements closer to their knowledge, modules in which they can see what certain everyday objects look like when we approach the nanometre scale or a unit converter that will allow participants to get an idea of how small a nanometre is by comparing its size with things that are small to our eye, such as an ant or a grain of sand.
– Zone 2: Where do we find nanoscience?
In this zone, the aim is for the public to understand that nanoscience is something that goes beyond the modern laboratory, that we apply it in many areas of our daily lives. We want families to become aware of the importance of research in society. To this end, we will show them colourful experiments that they can manipulate with their own hands, to discover, for example, what a ferrofluid is or what the hydrophobic effect consists of. They will also be shown examples of everyday applications of nanoscience in products that we use every day so that the participants will be surprised to learn how we can apply research in this new field of science.
– Zone 3: Our Institute. Who are we?
In this last area we want visitors to see that research is something close to them, so that children can get to know it and consider it as a future option, under the premise that, on many occasions, we are not aware of all the educational offer and therefore it is difficult to choose it as a career option. The aim is for families to understand the proximity of this new discipline, which may seem distant to them. We also want to show them the difficulty of working with entities as small as atoms. To do this, we will have some models that the children will be able to manipulate to make it easier for them to get an idea of the difficulty of working at such tiny levels.