Trevor Thornton explains nanotechnology at the 2018 Night of the Open Door while a visitor checks out a patterned wafer under an optical microscope.

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.


Our 2018 event attracted over 760 visitors, well above the 480 we saw in 2017.


Hands-on activities included the use of an optical microscope to view patterned wafers, real-time remote access to the SEM, and demos to illustrate the use of nanotech­nology in paper money and producing stain resistant fabric.


LCNano, another center within NCI-SW, provided complementary activities in another building.


A young visitor to the 2018 Geeks’ Night Out operating the remotely located scanning electron microscope.

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 partner 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 2018 Geeks’ Night Out took place on Thursday March 1.  The event attracted visitors of all ages, making it a true K-to-Gray learning experience.

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.