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Nanooze Magazine

Nanoozewas created for kids

Nanooze (we say nah-news) is NNIN's branded "direct to student" outreach activity. It consists of a kid-friendly web site, a print edition distributed through classrooms, workshops, and museums, and two museum quality interactive exhibits. Nanooze is a place for kids to learn about the latest exciting stuff in science and technology. What kind of stuff? Discoveries about the world that is too small to see and making tiny things. Nanooze makes reading and learning abou these discoveries fun!

Please note that nanotechnology is very broad and that many nanotechnology concepts are accessible to kids when presented properly. And many nanotechnology concepts are just variations on things that are already in the curriculum.

Nanooze is distributed by NNIN and produced by Cornell University, more specifically, by Prof. Carl Batt of Cornell University. Questions and comments on content should be directed to Professor Batt (

Nanooze on the Web

Nanooze started as a cool website, directed at kids. Nanooze on the web is available in Engish, Spanish, and Portuguese.

Nanooze in Print

Nanooze in Print is a free classroom "magazine" devoted to nanotechnology. Each issue is full of articles and attractive color pictures on exciting topics in science and technology, delivered at the "kid level". While the content is generally aimed at the middle school level, it is written to be accessible and enjoyable for almost all ages. The reading level is appropriate for upper elementary students. Nanooze is mostly used as classroom enrichment or resource material. It can be used in support of specific curriculum, for topical "research", and as free reading material. Two or three issues per year are published; about 100,000 of each issue have been distributed.

Nanooze in Print is distributed in classroom packs of 30 (or multiples thereof), free of charge to teachers for classroom use. It is also distributed in bulk to science museums and other research centers who act as secondary distributors.  Currently 13 issues have been published. Content of each issue can be viewed below or at

Issue 1: What is Nanotechnology {not available in print}

Issue 2: Get Nano

Issue 3: The Five Senses-part 1 (Sight)

Issue 4: The Five Senses-part 2 (Smell and Taste)

Issue 5: The Five Senses-Part 3 (Touch and Hearing)

Issue 6: Self Assembly

Issue 7: Food

Issue 8: Nanomedicine

Issue 9: Nanotechnology in Space

Issue 10: Atoms

Issue 11: Molecules

Issue 12: Molecules in Motion

Issue 13
Unexpected Properties


All back issues are available except issue 1. Subscriptions for future issues as well as requests for back issues should be directed to Prof. Carl Batt at Cornell,, or to Dr. Lynn Rathbun, NNIN Deputy Director, Sorry, we can only ship to school or museum/research center addresses. And sorry, we can not distribute individual copies. Everyone, however, is welcome to view and print the content online. When requesting issues, please indicate:

  • Your Name
  • School name and address including zip code
  • Grades taught if applicable
  • Which issues you would like
  • Number of copies of each requested

NNIN is happy to consider large scale (district wide) distribution arrangements. We are particularly interested in novel uses of Nanooze and any information of the effectiveness of Nanooze in various situations.

NNIN is happy to consider non-profit partners (museums, research centers, university outreach programs) for secondary distribution of Nanooze in Print. Please contact Prof. Batt or Dr. Rathbun.

Nanooze in Print--in Spanish

Through the efforts of  Dr. Yajaira Sierra-Sastre  and some enthusiastic students in Puerto Rico, NNIN is now able to offer print-ready files of Nanooze in Print, in Spanish.  Currently, Issue 6 , 8, 9, 10, and 11 are available..  NNIN is not at this point able to distribute printed copies of Nanooze in Spanish, but feel free to print the files for your use.  Your feedback is appreciated.

Nanooze the Exhibit

NNIN has two 1500 sq.ft. interactive "museum" displays that are currently deployed at Disney World Epcot and at Innoventions in Disneyland Anaheim. There exhibits were developed under other programs, but now fall under the "Nanooze" brand. They promote nanotechnology and Nanooze to hundreds of thousands of visitors each year.

"Nanooze Lab" at Disneyland Innoventions, celebrating the International Year of Chemistry