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Lean, Mean Information Machine: Using a Simple Model to Learn about Chromosomal DNA
Learners observe a model of a cell and its chromosomal DNA made from a plastic egg and dental floss. Use this model to illustrate how much DNA is held in one cell.
Egg DropAdd to list Details
In this activity, kids make and play with Ooze before testing the material in an egg drop!
Smelly BalloonsAdd to list Details
In this activity, learners sniff out scents hidden in balloons! After investigating, learners discover we sometimes can use another sense (smell) to detect things too small to see.
What is Nanotechnology?
In this activity related to nanotechnology, learners observe some of the effects that result from creating a thin layer of material several nanometers thick.
Inkjet PrinterAdd to list Details
In this activity, learners investigate how inkjet printers produce tiny, precise drops of ink.
Life Size: What's in a microbe?Add to list Details
In this activity on page 3 of the PDF, learners visualize the relative size and structural differences between microbes that have the potential to cause disease.
How Big is SmallAdd to list Details
In this classic hands-on activity, learners estimate the length of a molecule by floating a fatty acid (oleic acid) on water.
Beam Me Up!Add to list Details
This is a quick activity (on page 2 of the PDF under Stained Glass Activity) about the "Tyndall effect," the scattering of visible light when it hits very small dispersed particles.
Exploring Size: Tiny RulerAdd to list Details
In this activity, learners investigate just how small a billionth of a meter is by attempting to cut a paper ruler down to a nanometer-sized sliver.
Measure Yourself in Nanometers
In this activity, learners will be able to measure themselves in nanometers. A nanometer is a billionth of a meter, a unit of measurement used in nanotechnology.
Exploring Size: Scented BalloonsAdd to list Details
In this activity, learners use their sense of smell to explore the world on the nanoscale.
Try Your Hand at Nano
This lesson focuses on two simple activities that younger learners can do to gain an appreciation of nanotechnology. First, learners measure their hands in nanometers.
Mitten ChallengeAdd to list Details
In this activity, learners try to put together toy bricks—wearing oven mitts on their hands! This activity shows learners how difficult it is to build small things when your tools are too big.
Exploring Size: Powers of TenAdd to list Details
In this activity, learners play a card game that explores the relative sizes of various objects. Learners compete to organize their hand of cards into lists of objects from largest to smallest.
Exploring Size: Measure YourselfAdd to list Details
In this activity, learners mark their height on a height chart and discover how tall they are in nanometers.
Life Size: Line 'em up!Add to list Details
In this activity on page 1 of the PDF, learners compare the relative sizes of biological objects (like DNA and bacteria) that can't be seen by the naked eye.
Spots, Lines and LasersAdd to list Details
Learners shine the light of a laser pointer through sheets of fabric that all have a different number of threads per inch.
Gecko FeetAdd to list Details
This is an activity (located on page 3 of PDF under Gecko Feet Activity) about modeling a nanoscale phenomenon (gravity-defying gecko feet) with macroscale objects (shoes).
How Thick is Your Hair?Add to list Details
In this activity on page 13 of the PDF, learners use a laser pointer (with known wavelength of light) to measure the thickness of a human hair.
Exploring Products: Nano FabricsAdd to list Details
In this activity, learners explore how the application of nano-sized "whiskers" can protect clothing from stains.