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Biology

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.

Snake Oil

Subject: Biology, General Science

Audience: High School

Colloidal silver is an anit-microbial agent that is synthesized and tested with strains of bacteria and/or yeast to determine its growth inhibition effect.

Lab on a Slab

Subject: Biology, Chemistry

Audience: High School

This lab is designed to help students understand fluid flow, capillary action, surface tension, and chemical tests used in microfluidic devices/sensors

Gelatin Microfluicics

Subject: Biology, Chemistry

Audience: High School

Lesson has students create narrow fluidic channels to observe fluid flow

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