National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network

National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network

Serving Nanoscale Science, Engineering & Technology

High School

SI System and Nanoscale Science

Subject: General Science, Physical science

Audience: Middle School, High School

Provides opportunity for students to develop a working knowledge of the SI system of measurement as well as learn about the nanoscale and nanotechnology.

CDs and DVDs as Diffraction Gratings

Subject: Physical science, Physics

Audience: High School

Students will observe the diffraction behavior of light waves from a CD and DVD and examine AFM images of the two disks

Bigger is not always better

Subject: Chemistry, General Science, Physical science

Audience: High School

Exploring size and scale and the size effect in chemical reactions.

Magnetism and Nanotechnology

Subject: Physical science, Physics

Audience: Middle School, High School

Lesson that has students expand what they know about magnetism through study of a liquid magnetic material called a ferrofluid.

Nanotechology and Cosmetics

Subject: Biology, Chemistry, Science and Society

Audience: High School

This is a four part unit covering solubility, emulsions, the skin, and ethical issues related to nanotechnology in consumer products.

Surface Area to Volume Ratio

Subject: Biology, Chemistry, General Science, Physical science

Audience: Middle School, High School

Lessons has students determine how the ratio of surface area to volume changes with shape and size.

Reading and Analyzing Nanotechnology

Subject: Biology, Chemistry, General Science, Physical science, Physics, Science and Society

Audience: Middle School, High School

Lesson that has students compare how nanotechnology is addressed in fiction and nonfiction literature.

Exploring nanotechnology through Consumer Products

Subject: Biology, Chemistry, General Science, Physics, Science and Society

Audience: Middle School, High School

Students extend their understanding of how nanotechnology is being used today by examining currently available consumer products

The Water Race: Hydrophobic & Hydrophilic Surfaces

Subject: Biology, Chemistry

Audience: High School

Introduces students to the engineering of an interfacial surface at the nanoscale to demonstrate the concepts of hydrophobic and hydrophilic behavior.

Modeling Self Assembly (High School)

Subject: Biology, General Science, Physical science

Audience: High School

Activity which has students model self-assembly of molecules using everyday materials.

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