National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network

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High School

Catalytic converters and Nanocatalysts

Subject: Chemistry, Environmental Science

Audience: High School

A unit exploring the chemical reactions in catalytic converters and the importance opf nanocatalysts

Design Challenge: Incorporating Shape Memory Alloys into Rube Goldberg Devices

Subject: General Science, Physical science

Audience: Middle School, High School

Lesson challenges students to use shape memory alloys as part of a Rube Goldbery device

Changing Conductive Properties by Diffusion

Subject: Chemistry, Physical science

Audience: Middle School, High School

Compares diffusion in gelatin to the doping of silicon wafers

Smart Materials-Shape Memory Alloys

Subject: Chemistry, Physical science

Audience: Middle School, High School

Lesson that demonstrates properties of shape memory alloys-materials that "remember" their former shape

Quantum Dots

Subject: Chemistry, Physical science, Physics

Audience: High School

Lesson looks at the absorption and release of light energy using quantum dots.

Nanomotors

Subject: Chemistry, Physics

Audience: High School

Exploring nanoscale propulsion systems.

Understanding Waveguides

Subject: General Science, Physical science

Audience: Middle School, High School

Optics and refraction are explored in a 3 part lesson consisting of 1) refraction tank, 2) geletin waveguides, and 3) optical fibers.

Nanobacteria

Subject: Biology

Audience: Middle School, High School

Lesson has students relate real-world applications to mathematical concepts by monitoring bacterial growth over one week

Scanning Probe Microscopy: "feeling" what you can't see at the nanometer scale

Subject: Biology, General Science, Tools and Technology

Audience: Middle School, High School

Lesson has students experience how a scanned probe can create an image of an object

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