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Children’s Museum in Oak Lawn opens nano exhibit

Updated: July 23, 2014 6:42AM



According to a 2012 study cited by The New York Times, American kids continues to lag behind their international counterparts in science.

American children in the fourth grade are seventh in science and students are 10th in eighth-grade science. Meanwhile, their counterparts in Singapore and Taiwan had the top-performing scores in eighth-grade science.

The Children’s Museum in Oak Lawn recently opened an exhibit aimed at helping local youngsters close that gap.

The museum debuted a long-term interactive Nano Science exhibit Tuesday morning.

“Nano — The Science of Small” is a hands-on exhibit intended for ages 4 and older featuring the basics of nanoscale science, technology and engineering.

It presents real-world applications while exploring the effects of technology on both societal and ethical levels.

Adam Woodworth, the museum’s executive director, said the exhibit can help parents to get their kids to focus on a subject that American children are falling behind the rest the world on.

“We are excited to be able to have this exhibit that is focused on science,” Woodworth said. “Your parent is your first teacher, and this exhibit, which encourages parent interaction, helps strengthens that parent-child relationship.”

Woodworth said the museum needed much more science content.

“It really introduces children to a bigger science concept,” he said. “We do a little bit in science, but this exhibit gives us a little bit more for older kids to do.”

The Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network (NISE) is a national organization that works to educate the public about nanoscience, technology and engineering.

Only 70 copies of the Nano Science exhibit will be distributed among museums across the country. The exhibit accompanies the organization’s NanoDays events and other educational experiences.

The Nano Science exhibit was created by NISE and the National Science Foundation.

For more information, contact Adam Woodworth at (708) 423-6709, Ext. 201 or visit www.cmoaklawn.org.



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