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Exploring Size: Scented Balloons


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Exploring Size: Scented Balloons

In this activity, learners use their sense of smell to explore the world on the nanoscale. Learners discover that we can smell some things that are too small to see, and that a nanometer is a billionth of a meter. SAFETY: The balloons are latex. In addition to posting the included sign, you may wish to verbally warn learners of possible sensitivities or allergies to latex.

Quick Guide


Preparation Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Learning Time:
5 to 10 minutes

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

Age Range:
Ages 4 - adult

Resource Types:
Activity, Demonstration

Language:
English, Spanish

Materials List (per group of students)


Subjects


  • Engineering and Technology
    • Engineering
      • Nanotechnology
  • Life Sciences
    • Human Senses and Perception
      • Smell
  • Mathematics
    • Measurement
      • Units of Measurement
      • Size and Scale

Audience


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • smell

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities

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