Konrad Laudon, 13, looks at a silicon wafer that has 5 miles of copper wire in each chip in the nanotechnology exhibit at the Night of the Open Door on Feb. 27. Konrad is interested in studying engineering.

At the NCI-SW exhibit at the Night of the Open Door on Feb. 27, Konrad Laudon, 13, looks at a silicon wafer with microchips each containing more than 5 miles of copper wiring.

ASU's Night of the Open Door

The Night of the Open Door is an annual event in which Arizona State University (ASU) invites the general public to visit all five of its campuses to learn about the work and capabilities at the school. The Night of the Open Door is also a signature event of the Arizona SciTech Festival.


In the 2016 event, three of the Research Centers within the NCI-SW provided information and hands-on activities. In one exhibit, the ASU NanoFab featured an activity called “Look Inside the Nano World” that allowed attendees to control a remotely accessible scanning electron microscope and view a variety of micro- and nano-sized objects. Silicon wafers processed using micro- and nanotechnology were available for viewing under an optical microscope as well. The exhibit also had staff and demos from the Societal and Ethical Implications User Facility to highlight the societal aspects of nanotechnology. These activities had an estimated exposure to more than 550 visitors. The LeRoy Eyring Center for Solid State Science had a separate exhibit where it showed its Science is Fun demos (see more below).


In 2017, Night of the Open Door on the Tempe campus will be held on February 25. More formation will be available here in January.


A visitor to the ASU-Rio Salado College booth at Geeks’ Night Out operates a scanning electron microscope located remotely in a university lab.

City of Tempe’s Geeks’ Night Out

For the past few years, the city of Tempe has teamed with the Arizona SciTech Festival to present this signature event that is a fusion of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM), offering a variety of interactive displays and hands-on activities.


Staff from ASU and Rio Salado College have partnered to share a booth at Geeks’ Night Out. Activities offered include the operation of a remotely accessible scanning electron microscope as well as the construction of solar cells and other demos to help attendees better understand the latest developments in nanoscience and energy technologies.


The 2017 Geeks’ Night Out is scheduled for March 2.

Students at Madison Park Middle School in Phoenix explain why they are excited about nanotechnology.

Science is Fun

Science is Fun is a uniquely designed education program organized by the Eyring Materials Center that collaborates with research scientists to create demonstrations to encourage a student's natural fascination with scientific phenomena. ASU Science is Fun college interns visit K-12 schools throughout the school year, facilitating science demonstrations and hands-on activities that encourage students to see themselves as scientists. The program also provides group tours for some of the research centers within the NCI-SW.