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540Presenting the Molecularium

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  • david mcconville
    Feb 14, 2005
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      FYI - 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 Rensselaer’s NSF-funded Nanoscale Science and
      Engineering Center for Directed Assembly of Nanostructures.



      Media Contacts
      Mary Cimo, RPI (518) 276-6098 cimom@...
      M. Mitchell Waldrop, NSF (703) 292-8070 mwaldrop@...

      Program Contacts
      David L. Nelson, NSF (703) 292-4932 dnelson@...

      Principal Investigators
      Shekhar Garde, RPI (518) 276-6048 gardes@...
      Linda Schadler, RPI (518) 276-2022 schadl@...
      Richard W. Siegel, RPI (518) 276-8846 rwsiegel@...

      Related Websites
      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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