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Middle 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)

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.

How Dry am I? Exploring Biomimicry and Nanotechnology

Subject: Biology, Physical science

Audience: Middle School

Through a series of 3-4 activities, students will explore superhydrophobic properties of materials.

An Easy (Bake) Approach to an Edible NanoLab

Subject: General Science, Physical science

Audience: Middle School

The purpose of the lesson is to get young students interested in basic nanotechnology concepts associated with creating “wafers” used in chip fabrication in cleanrooms.

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.

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