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Exploring Size: Tiny Ruler


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Exploring Size: Tiny Ruler

In this activity, learners investigate just how small a billionth of a meter is by attempting to cut a paper ruler down to a nanometer-sized sliver. Learners discover that nano is too small to see, and certainly too small to cut with a pair of scissors!

Quick Guide


Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
1 cent - $1 per student

Age Range:
Ages 4 - adult

Resource Type:
Activity

Language:
English, Spanish

Materials List (per student)


Subjects


  • Engineering and Technology
    • Engineering
      • Nanotechnology
  • Mathematics
    • Measurement
      • Units of Measurement
      • Size and Scale

Audience


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities

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Access Rights:

  • Free access

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Funding Sources:

  • National Science Foundation, 0532536
  • National Science Foundation, 0940143

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