The DIY Nano app allows families and floor presenters to experience and learn about nanoscale science, engineering, and technology at home, on the go, or at a museum!
The app provides free, easy to use, hands-on activities at your fingertips. Each activity includes material lists, step-by-step instructions, and detailed explanations. The activity materials are widely available and inexpensive, and you probably have many of them in your own home!
The app includes links to family friendly videos and helps you browse the whatisnano.org public website for more information, activities, and videos.
The DIY Nano app was created by the Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network (NISE Net). Funded by the National Science Foundation, NISE Net is dedicated to engaging all audiences with fun, educational activities about nano!
How We Use It
Currently, we use this as a way to show short videos about nano to visitors who want to know more. Having a wi-fi signal is necessary right now due to the fact that the videos are hosted on Vimeo or Youtube.
If you do nano education outreach on your museum floor, DIY Nano is a great “takeaway’ for visitors so that they can do nano at home. For those without an iPhone, visitors can be shown the whatisnano.org website via the app and the presenter can show them how to navigate to DIY Nano pdfs. This app will also prove popular with home schoolers.
In the future, this app will incorporate e-mail to link to the .pdfs, more DIY activities, and fun games for kids.