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Exploring Materials: Graphene

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Exploring Materials: Graphene

In this activity on page 4 of the PDF, explore the unique molecular structure and conductive nature of graphene. Learners construct a circuit with a battery and LED bulb. Then, they examine what happens when they touch two insulated wire leads attached to the circuit to pencil rubbings on paper. Learners compare what happens when they move the leads closer together and further apart. Use this activity to explore nanoscale science and nanotechnology.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Learning Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$10 - $20 per student

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 14

Resource Types:
Activity, Experiment/Lab Activity

English, Portuguese, Spanish


  • Engineering and Technology
    • Engineering
      • Computer Engineering
      • Electrical Engineering
      • Nanotechnology
    • Technology
  • Mathematics
    • Measurement
      • Size and Scale
  • Physical Sciences
    • Electricity and Magnetism
      • Electric Charges and Currents
      • Electric Circuits
    • Chemistry
      • Chemical Bonding
    • States of Matter
      • Solids
    • Structure and Properties of Matter
      • Atomic Structure
      • Elements and Periodic Table
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Conducting Investigations
      • Gathering Data
  • The Nature of Technology
    • Technology and Society
      • Impacts of Technology
    • The Design Process
      • Invention and Innovation


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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