Measure Yourself in Nanometers

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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. Learners can measure themselves using a printout of the nano ruler in the PDF, then compare that to standard measurements of themselves in inches or centimeters. This activity can be well combined with the "Measure Yourself" online activity also from the same resource. [Activity is publicly available through a web crawler capture on]

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
free per student

Age Range:
Ages 6 - 18

Resource Type:


Materials List (per student)


  • Engineering and Technology
    • Engineering
      • Nanotechnology
  • Life Sciences
    • Human Body
  • Mathematics
    • Data Analysis and Probability
      • Data Representation
    • Measurement
      • Units of Measurement
      • Size and Scale
    • Number and Operations
      • Exponents
      • Multiples and Factors
      • Number Systems
    • Representation


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • read
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


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Access Rights:

  • Free access



Funding Sources:

  • National Science Foundation
  • Nation Aeronautics and Space Administration
  • The Center of Integrated Nanomechanical Systems, Berkeley