540Presenting the Molecularium
- Feb 14, 2005FYI - A press release from the NSF about a recently-produced NSF-funded
fulldome show at RPI:
Presenting the Molecularium
A new show from the Rensselaer nanotech center lets kids explore the world
of atoms and molecules
February 9, 2005
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 universethe 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 Carbóna cast of
characters based on atomsas 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 Rensselaers NSF-funded Nanoscale Science and
Engineering Center for Directed Assembly of Nanostructures.
Mary Cimo, RPI (518) 276-6098 cimom@...
M. Mitchell Waldrop, NSF (703) 292-8070 mwaldrop@...
David L. Nelson, NSF (703) 292-4932 dnelson@...
Shekhar Garde, RPI (518) 276-6048 gardes@...
Linda Schadler, RPI (518) 276-2022 schadl@...
Richard W. Siegel, RPI (518) 276-8846 rwsiegel@...
The Molecularium Web site: http://www.molecularium.rpi.edu/
Rensselaer Research Quarterly article on the Molec: http://www.rpi.edu/research/magazine/summer04/molecularium_1.html
RPI Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center: http://www.rpi.edu/dept/nsec/
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