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Fizzy Nano ChallengeAdd to list Details
This lesson focuses on how materials behave differently as their surface area increases.
In this activity, learners make "totally tubular" forms of carbon. Learners use chicken wire to build macro models of carbon nanotubes.
Exploring Materials: Nano GoldAdd to list Details
In this activity, learners discover that nanoparticles of gold can appear red, orange or even blue. They learn that a material can act differently when it’s nanometer-sized.
Surface AreaAdd to list Details
In this demonstration, learners discover that nanoparticles behave differently, in part because they have a high surface area to volume ratio.
Exploring Products: Nano SandAdd to list Details
In this activity, learners explore how water behaves differently when it comes in contact with "nano sand" and regular sand.
Tiny Particles, Big Trouble!Add to list Details
In this activity, learners discover why some nanoscale science and technology is done in the controlled environment of a clean room, what clean rooms are like, and how scientists help keep the clean r
Egg DropAdd to list Details
In this activity, kids make and play with Ooze before testing the material in an egg drop!
Exploring Materials: Liquid CrystalsAdd to list Details
In this activity, learners discover that the way a material behaves on the macroscale is affected by its structure on the nanoscale.
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.
Liquid Body ArmorAdd to list Details
In this activity, learners explore how nanotechnology is being used to create new types of protective fabrics.
Exploring Tools: Special MicroscopesAdd to list Details
In this activity, learners use a flexible magnet as a model for a scanning probe microscope (SPM). They learn that SPMs are an example of a special tool that scientists use to work on the nanoscale.
Be a Scanning Probe MicroscopeAdd to list Details
In this activity, learners investigate Scanning Probe Microscopes (SPM) and then work in teams using a pencil to explore and identify the shape of objects they cannot see, just as SPMs do at the nano
Morphing ButterflyAdd to list Details
In this activity, learners explore how nanosized structures can create brilliant color.
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.
Gravity FailAdd to list Details
In this activity, learners try pouring water out of a regular cup and a miniature cup. It’s harder than it sounds! Learners discover that different forces dominate at different size scales.
The Electric SqueezeAdd to list Details
In this activity/demo about piezoelectricity, learners discover how some crystals produce electricity when squeezed.
Nano Ice CreamAdd to list Details
In this activity/demo, learners discover how liquid nitrogen cools a creamy mixture at such a rapid rate that it precipitates super fine grained (nano) ice cream.
Gummy ShapesAdd to list Details
In this activity, learners use chemistry to “self-assemble” gummy shapes. Learners discover that self-assembly is a process by which molecules and cells form themselves into functional structures.
Inkjet PrinterAdd to list Details
In this activity, learners investigate how inkjet printers produce tiny, precise drops of ink.
Exploring Materials: Thin FilmsAdd to list Details
In this activity, learners create a colorful bookmark using a super thin layer of nail polish on water. Learners discover that a thin film creates iridescent, rainbow colors.