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General Science

What's the smallest thing you know?

Subject: General Science

Audience: Elementary

The purpose of this lesson is to encourage students to think about the size of objects through the use of literature and mathematics.

Learning about surface area and volume

Subject: General Science

Audience: Elementary

Using the book, Spaghetti and Meatballs for All! by Marilyn Burns students explore surface area and volume by using their knowledge of area, perimeter, and volume. This lays an early foundation for important nanoscale concepts.

Sometimes we need big numbers

Subject: General Science

Audience: Elementary

The purpose of this lesson is to help students visualize how small a nanometer is by relating the size to the numbers- millions, billions and trillions and then relating those numbers to how small particles of matter are.

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.

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.

What's In Your Neighborhood?

Subject: General Science

Audience: Elementary, Middle School, High School

This activity is designed to help students understand the size and scale of objects using their classroom as a frame of reference.

The Micro and Macro Worlds

Subject: General Science

Audience: Elementary, Middle School, High School

This activity is designed to help students understand the size and scale of objects that can and cannot be seen with the naked eye.

Big vs. Little – Micro to Nano

Subject: General Science

Audience: Elementary

This lesson is designed for grades 1-3 to explore the question "What is size?"

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