User login


Exploring the Nanoworld with LEGO Bricks: Probing the Structure of Materials at the Nanoscale


Source Institutions

    University of Wisconsin-Madison

Add to listGo to activity
Exploring the Nanoworld with LEGO Bricks: Probing the Structure of Materials at the Nanoscale

In this activity (pages 17-31), learners are introduced to techniques that are used to determine the structures of solid materials. Building or disassembling an instrument built from LEGO bricks provides a revealing view of the instrument and the principles behind it. Learners are introduced to scanning probe microscopy, charge-coupled devices (CCDs), chromatography, and diffractometers. Additional instructions are provided in Appendices 2.1-2.3.

Quick Guide


Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
1 to 2 hours

Estimated Materials Cost:
$5 - $10 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 14 - adult

Resource Types:
Activity, Model, Simulation

Language:
English

Materials List (per group of students)


  • LEGO blocks of different sizes and colors

Subjects


  • Engineering and Technology
    • Engineering
      • Metallurgy and Materials Engineering
      • Nanotechnology
  • Physical Sciences
    • Light and Optics
      • Lenses and Mirrors
      • Vibration and Waves
    • States of Matter
      • Solids
    • Structure and Properties of Matter
      • Atomic Structure

Informal Categories


  • Model Building
  • Toys

Audience


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • see color
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities

Other


Components that are part of this resource:

This resource is part of:

Access Rights:

  • Free access

By:

Rights:

  • All Rights Reserved, Bradley University, ©2012

Funding Sources:

  • National Science Foundation
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • LEGO Dacta

Share


User Lists


This resource is part of these lists: