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Be a Scanning Probe Microscope


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Be a Scanning Probe Microscope

In this activity, learners investigate Scanning Probe Microscopes (SPM) and then work in teams using a pencil to explore and identify the shape of objects they cannot see, just as SPMs do at the nano level. Learners draw what their mind "sees" on paper, compare their results with other teams, and share observations with their group.

Quick Guide


Preparation Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Learning Time:
1 to 2 hours

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 14

Resource Types:
Activity, Experiment/Lab Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan, Simulation

Language:
English

Materials List (per group of students)


  • Resource Sheets
  • Worksheets
  • Box with item affixed to bottom (suggested items: ruler, paper cup, brick, fruit)
  • Blindfold
  • Paper
  • Pen
  • Pencil
  • Access to internet (optional)

Subjects


  • Engineering and Technology
    • Engineering
      • Metallurgy and Materials Engineering
      • Nanotechnology
    • Technology
  • Mathematics
    • Measurement
      • Units of Measurement
      • Size and Scale
  • Physical Sciences
    • Light and Optics
    • Structure and Properties of Matter
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Conducting Investigations
  • The Nature of Technology
    • Technology and Society
      • Impacts of Technology

Audience


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves teamwork and communication skills
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities

Other


Includes alignment to state and/or national standards

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  • Free access

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Rights:

  • All Rights Reserved, IEEE,

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