News Release 05-019
Presenting the Molecularium
A new show from the Rensselaer nanotech center lets kids explore the world of atoms and molecules
February 9, 2005
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Traditional planetarium shows take us on a virtual tour of stars, planets and galaxies: the outer universe. But recently, the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute premiered its new Molecularium show, a state-of-the-art, computer-generated animation that takes its viewers on a virtual tour of the inner universe—the atoms and molecules that constitute our world.
Developed for children in grades K-3, and designed for a planetarium setting, the 20-minute show follows Oxy, Hydro, Hydra and Carbón—a cast of characters based on atoms—as they explore this inner universe. Their atomic-scale views of phenomena such as the melting of ice are based on real molecular dynamics calculations.
The Molecularium project, which was developed under a special grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF), is part of the educational and outreach program of Rensselaer’s NSF-funded Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center for Directed Assembly of Nanostructures.
David L. Nelson, NSF, (703) 292-4932, firstname.lastname@example.org
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