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Tiny Tubes


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Tiny Tubes

In this activity, learners make "totally tubular" forms of carbon. Learners use chicken wire to build macro models of carbon nanotubes. Depending on how they roll the wire, they will discover three different forms of nanotubes, each with different properties. Learners can also make a paper buckyball by downloading the linked template.

Quick Guide


Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$10 - $20 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 11 - 18

Resource Types:
Activity, Model

Language:
English

Materials List (per group of students)


Subjects


  • Engineering and Technology
    • Engineering
      • Nanotechnology
  • Mathematics
    • Algebra
      • Patterns
    • Geometry
      • Plane Geometry
    • Measurement
      • Size and Scale
    • Representation
  • Physical Sciences
    • Chemistry
      • Chemical Bonding
    • Structure and Properties of Matter
      • Atomic Structure
      • Elements and Periodic Table
      • Elementary Particles and Nuclear Physics
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Conducting Investigations

Informal Categories


  • Model Building

Audience


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • see color
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities

Other


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Access Rights:

  • Free access

By:

  • Yu, Julie

Rights:

  • All Rights Reserved, Exploratorium, ©2010

Funding Sources:

  • National Science Foundation, 0610238
  • National Science Foundation, 0925383

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