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MSU to host NanoDays / MicroDays Feb. 28

February 14, 2017 -- MSU News Service

Students from Bozeman area elementary schools interact with Looney, a robot from Montana State University professor Hunter Lloyd's robotics class during the annual Nano Days at MSU in Bozeman. The public is invited to Nano Days February 28, 2017 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 pm. MSU photo by Kelly Gorham

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BOZEMAN-- Montana State University will host a free family science night from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28, as part of a nationwide celebration called NanoDays / MicroDays.

The annual event will feature research in nanotechnology (a nanometer is one-billionth of a meter) and other small-scale science and engineering projects, including MSU faculty and student microbiology research in Yellowstone National Park that focuses on the micro-organisms that live in Yellowstone’s hot springs and the bacteria that help plants absorb nitrogen from the soil.

Activities and demonstrations will include exercises such as examining hydrogel, extracting DNA, viewing nanogold and experimenting with static electricity. The evening is intended to help both children and adults understand nanoscience, including its impacts on society, in a fun and easy-to-understand format.

Nanotechnology, one of the country's top research priorities, is an emerging field that blends chemistry, physics, engineering and other areas of science to study and manipulate matter at the atomic and molecular level. Nanotechnologists may develop disease-fighting drugs, alternative energy solutions or ultra-strong sports equipment, among many applications.

MSU researchers are also using nanoscience to develop targeted vaccines, magnetic materials for electronics and catalysts for producing hydrogen.

All events take place at the Strand Union Ballrooms on the MSU campus. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

NanoDays / MicroDays is sponsored by MSU Extended University, Montana National Science Foundation Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research and the Montana Nanotechnology Facility.

For more information on NanoDays / MicroDays, see: http://eu.montana.edu/nanodays. For more information on Montana NSF EPSCoR, see: http://www.mtnsfepscor.org/. For more information on the Montana Nanotechnology Facility, see: http://www.nano.montana.edu/.

Contact: Suzi Taylor, Extended University, (406) 994-7957 or taylor@montana.edu