Carbon Playground


Andrew Greenberg, John Moore

The NSF supported Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center (NSEC) at the University of Wisconsin –Madison built and installed a large scale Carbon Playground at the Discovery Center in Rockford, IL.The playground is made up of three carbon climbable structures, fullerene, carbon nanotube, and graphene sheet, all built with x-crystallography data a blueprints. To accompany the playground is a suite of educational materials including; an interactive website, a children’s book, and take home activities. The playground pieces will be a permanent addition to the outdoor science playground at the Discovery Center Museum in Rockford, IL.

Primary Strategic Outcome Goal: Cultivate a world-class, broadly inclusive science and engineering workforce, and expand the scientific literacy of all citizens. Nanoscience Webquests help student to learn about modern research and its broad implications on society.


The grand opening of the playground was highlighted in the Chemical and Engineering News article