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Middle School

Size and Scale - Learning about measurement

Subject: General Science

Audience: Middle School, High School

Students will visualize the order of numerical properties of objects from the nanoscale to visible scale using exponents and decimals. Students will make size comparisons of objects. Students will develop an understanding of how small a nanometer is in comparison to common objects. They will also learn about the metric system.

Small Scale Stenciling

Subject: Chemistry, General Science, Physical science

Audience: Middle School

This is a two part of inquiry-driven labs designed to help students understand the process of patterning materials through selective exposure and development of films.

Powers of Ten with the Blue Morpho Butterfly

Subject: Biology, General Science, Physical science

Audience: Middle School, High School

This activity is designed to help students understand the concept of scale and magnification when examining a Blue Morpho butterfly wing. The activity requires the use of a scanning electron microscope (SEM) but images are provided if there is no access to an SEM.

Taking a Closer Look at Objects

Subject: General Science

Audience: Elementary, Middle School

This lesson provides students an opportunity to learn how microscopes and lenses make small objects in our world visible.

Wet Etching in Nanofabrication

Subject: Physical science

Audience: Middle School

This lab explains how scientists sculpt tiny electrical components used in everyday electronic devices such as an iPod.

Help or Hype: The Ethics of Bio-nanotechnology

Subject: Biology, Science and Society

Audience: Middle School, High School, Adult

This lesson explores the ethical concerns related to bio-nanotechnology. Bio-nanotechnology is the application of nanotechnology to living things. This ranges from the creation of pharmaceuticals to medical devices. While scientists have created many life-saving treatments ethical concerns, such as privacy, can arise from such technological advances.

Mixtures and Nanotechnology

Subject: Chemistry, Physical science

Audience: Middle School, High School

The purpose of this unit is to help students make the connection that the classification of mixtures is based on the size of particles.

Noodling Around

Subject: General Science

Audience: Elementary, Middle School, High School

Using pool noodels, this activity helsp students understand the size and scale of objects and the tools that are used to measure these objects.

Scale Models

Subject: General Science

Audience: Elementary, Middle School, High School

This activity is designed to help students understand the size and scale of objects.

Shrink Me

Subject: General Science

Audience: Elementary, Middle School, High School

This activity is designed to help students understand the size and scale of objects that are shrunk by orders of 10.

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