ONEONTA _ Some of science's smallest elements will be featured in an event for children and adults at the State University College at Oneonta on Saturday.

NanoDays will be in the Science Building I atrium from noon until 4 p.m. Science activity stations will provide hands-on learning and observing opportunities, a media release said.

Visitors may see "super-thin materials" used in solar cell technology and sand that doesn't get wet, the release said.

The SUNY Oneonta Science Discovery Center and the Oneonta World of Learning are presenting the event, which is recommended for children ages 2 to 13. OWL board member Amy Pondolfino said a suggested donation of $5 is requested.

"We're hoping to bring children and their grown-ups together to learn more about nanoscience," Pondolfino said.

"Riding Snowflakes," a planetarium show on molecules, will be presented at 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. Pre-registration is required by visiting www.oneonta.edu/academics/sdc/ or by calling the Science Discovery Center at 436-3192, organizers said.

NanoDays is part of a nationwide festival of educational programs about nanoscale science and engineering from March 26 to April 3, the release said. Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network is the organizer of the national project.

NanoDays events and other NISE Network programs aim to inform about and engage people in the developing sciences, the release said.

Advances in nanotechnology have potential to bolster the U.S. economy through innovations providing clean, secure, affordable energy, the release said, and to further techniques to clean up hazardous chemicals.

Pondolfino said OWL is working on fundraising and event planning. The 10 a.m. April 13 ride on The Dinosaur Train with the Leatherstocking Railway Historical Society in Milford is sold out, she said, and the 1 p.m. ride is filling up. Later events planned include an ice cream social and a nature program at Pine Lake.

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