Friday, April 3, 2015

Totem Soup Science - Buffalo Museum of Science Nanodays Exibit

I know I will feel bad in the long run about this, because of how much I love the Buffalo Museum of Science. A ball was dropped, and it is quite sad. Over the last few years I have noticed the museum has been shifting gears to target a much younger demographic, to this I say job well done. Every time I have gone there this month (about 5 times) it has been kids wall to wall, which is great. The problem is when I go there without my kids, alone, at 33, and an overly apparent love of science...I look a bit strange to the parents who are obviously there for the gimmick of the whole thing to keep their children busy. When I do happen to explain a question the children pose when the parents give their "I don't know", I get the "possible pedophile" stare-down. Little do they know my 9 year old could school their high school kid and my 5 year old probably could too. It seems all the adult exhibits have been replaced with kid friendly simple learning they could pick up from a YouTube video. Where have all the adult exhibits gone?!?

The meat and potatoes, so to speak, as to what sparked this is the "Nanodays exhibit". This was supposed to start today, but when I got to the museum promptly at 11am, I searched for an hour and a half before questioning the staff...who had little clue what was going on. After waiting for 10 minutes I was informed the exhibit was in the normal nanotechnology area of the museum. On the website this is the advert for the exhibit:
It looks like it is supposed to be an exciting exhibit with many features and things to do for all ages, right? Very wrong. I walked into this:
A single activity. Draw a space elevator and a print-up about carbon nanotubes. That was it. The most important emerging science of our generation gets a coloring activity, and a laminated xerox. Also, take note, not one staff member on site to explain the activity, or even what nanotechnology is. To make up for this I offer my services by giving a list of videos that are entertaining and educational on the most exciting up and coming nanotechnology. Most of them are a few minutes, but I have included a couple that are full documentaries as well. Enjoy!

And that is just the tip of the proverbial iceberg. Nanotechnology is worth so much more than a single, unmanned exhibit. It is the future.

That's it for now!
- The one, The ONLY, Holytotemic

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