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General Science

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.

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.

Using Modeling to Demonstrate Self-Assembly in Nanotechnology

Subject: General Science

Audience: High School

There are two activities in this lesson, the Fly Prison and the Water Maze. The Fly Prison is a hands-on modeling activity designed to introduce students to the area of nanotechnology and give them a basic understanding of how researchers build very small devices by the self-assembly of molecules. The Water Maze is a follow up activity to give the students a chance to practice and demonstrate what they have learned.

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 Sculpting

Subject: Chemistry, General Science, Physical science

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.

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.

Is measuring an art or a science?

Subject: General Science, Physical science

Audience: High School, Adult

The purpose of this lesson is to help students understand the concepts of accuracy and precision and how they are important in measurements at the nano-scale.

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.

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