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Arkansas EPSCoR Outreach

Hands on science at the local mall


Graduate students from the Nanoscience Program at the University of Arkansas bring hands-on science to a northwest Arkansas shopping mall to interest youngsters like this one in the pursuit of science.

Originally when the students conceived of their outreach activity, called "Mall Day," it was intended to interest the children of mall patrons, but they soon found large crowds of adults gathered with great interest as well. The program benefits the graduate students as well as the children, since they must learn how to explain fundamental science in everyday life in simple, understandable terms for the general public.

The Arkansas Nanoscience Program is sponsored by the National Science Foundation's EPSCoR (Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research) activity. EPSCoR is a joint program between NSF and several U.S. states and territories that promotes the development of science and technology resources through partnerships between the state's research community and NSF. EPSCoR operates on the principle that aiding researchers and institutions in securing federal funding develops the state's research infrastructure and advances economic growth. EPSCoR seeks to maximize the potential inherent in the state's science and technology resources and to use those resources as a foundation for economic growth. Further information about the Arkansas EPSCoR activity is available at http://www.uark.edu/~epscor/index.html. (Date of Image:2006)

Credit: Nanoscience Program, University of Arkansas

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