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High School

How Small is That?

Subject: Biology, General Science

Audience: Middle School, High School

This lab is designed to help students understand the size of nanoparticles compared to the size of other known quantities, such as a human being or a skin cell.

Seeing Nano: Using scaning electron microscopy (SEM) to view nano-size objects

Subject: Biology, General Science, Physical science

Audience: Middle School, High School

To learn how to visualize nano-size objects using scanning electron microscopy (SEM)

Uncertainty Measurements and the Wavelength of Light

Subject: Physics

Audience: High School

This lab is designed to help students understand how very small measurements can be made (even at the nanoscale) and how the accuracy of those measurements affects their results.

Silicon Solar Cell Efficiency: Comparing input power to output power of a silicon photovoltaic cell

Subject: Physics

Audience: High School

In this activity, students will experiment with silicon PV cells and determine some reasons for why there may exist a need for better alternatives.

Using Gold Nanoparticles for Bacterial Detection

Subject: Biology, Chemistry, Physics

Audience: High School

This lab is designed to introduce students to gold nanoparticles and some of their applications.

NACK Network Webinars

Subject: General Science

Audience: Elementary, Middle School, High School, Adult

The NACK Network offers a live webinar, hosted by MATEC NetWorks, every month to engage and educate those of you that are interested in learning more about nanotechnology related topics.

The Blood Glucose Monitor

Subject: Biology, Chemistry

Audience: High School

Students are introduced to glucose monitors, how these biosensors are being improved with naotechnology, and they test glucose levels.

The Effects of Gold and Silver Nanoparticles on Brine Shrimp: A Toxicology Study

Subject: Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science

Audience: High School, Adult

Students will synthesize and prepare serial dilutions of gold and silver nanoparticles in order to determine their individual toxicity on brine shrimp. The brine shrimp are used as a model organism to examine the potential toxicity effects of nanoparticles.

Coffee Break with Nanoscience: Film Formation and "Coffee Rings"

Subject: Chemistry, Physical science

Audience: High School, Adult

This lab explores issues that engineers and scientists face in working with thin film i.e., dealing with two phenomena that work against them: cracking and the coffee ring effect.

Using Modeling to Demonstrate Self-Assembly in Nanotechnology

Subject: General Science

Audience: High School

There are two activities in this lesson, the Fly Prison and the Water Maze. The Fly Prison is a hands-on modeling activity designed to introduce students to the area of nanotechnology and give them a basic understanding of how researchers build very small devices by the self-assembly of molecules. The Water Maze is a follow up activity to give the students a chance to practice and demonstrate what they have learned.

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