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Biology

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.

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.

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.

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.

Biology Reference Sheets

Subject: Biology

Audience: High School

Reference Sheet with basic biology information and information about nanotechnology. Suitable for printing.

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.

Introduction to Creative Problem Solving in Nanotechnology

Subject: Biology, General Science

Audience: High School

Student groups have problem-solving discussion, using the Creative Problem-Solving format, over the pros and cons of the expanded development of nanotechnology.

Silver Nanoparticle Socks

Subject: Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science

Audience: High School

Students will synthesize silver nanoparticles and observe their antibacterial properties when applied to socks.

Nanoparticles: Land to Ocean

Subject: Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Physical science

Audience: High School

Part 1 focuses on how nanoscale pollutants on land can reach the ocean environment.

Silver and Bandages

Subject: Biology, Chemistry

Audience: High School

This lesson examines how effective colloidal silver is in inhbiting bacterial growth in comparison to anitbiotic ointment.

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