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DíasNano 2010 en el Mall

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On April 10, 2010 Wi(PR)2EM and the Science on Wheels Educational Center (SONW) organized and coordinated the NanoDays event at the Mayagüez Mall that we called in Spanish DíasNano.  The Mayagüez Mall is the main shopping mall in western Puerto Rico.  This large event was a collaboration between Wi(PR)2EM, SONW, the NSF funded Nanotechnology Center for Biomedical and Energy-Driven Systems and Applications (CREST, Santos), and the NSF funded Institute For Functionalized Nanomaterials (Mayol).
The activity consisted of 4 educational interactive stations and a central NanoPlayground. DíasNano 2010 included most of the activities included in the NISE Net NanoDays kit plus many developed by the 4 research and education centers. The first station was named From Macro to Nano and took the participants in a journey from the macro scale, to the micro with light microscopes, and to the nano scale with images obtained with SEM and TEM. The second station was called Liquid Crystals, Ferrofluids, and Memory alloys and included demonstrations and interactive activities that presented concepts of each subject. The third station was called NanoBio and included demonstrations and interactive activities that demonstrated the close relationship that exists between the nano scale and biological processes and animals. The fourth station was called Surface Area, Catalysis and Nanoporous Materials and once again included exhibits and hands on activities that demonstrated the importance of nano scale to everyday events and processes related to catalysis, the environment and renewable energy.

Ninety students (87 Hispanic, 39 women) were involved during the day divided in work shifts. Over 2,000 persons of all ages, the vast majority of Hispanic origin, were impacted with a variety of fun and educational interactive activities. During DíasNano a group of SONW students led by Ramos constructed impromptu, to the best of our knowledge, the first Balloon Bucky Ball.