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Physical science

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.

Making a Liquid Crystal Thermometer

Subject: Chemistry, Physical science

Audience: High School

This lesson is designed to introduce liquid crystals, a fourth state of matter.Students will understand liquid crystals in relation to different phases of matter and learn the process of temperature based color change of the LQs

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.

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.

Mixtures and Nanotechnology

Subject: Chemistry, Physical science

Audience: Middle School, High School

The purpose of this unit is to help students make the connection that the classification of mixtures is based on the size of particles.

Physical Science Reference Sheets

Subject: Physical science

Audience: High School

Physical Science Reference Sheets including general nanotechnology information, formulas, periodic table. Suitable for printing and lamination

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.

Pinch Test

Subject: Chemistry, Physical science

Audience: High School

This lesson uses images in a PowerPoint to assess student understanding of size, SI prefixes, and what tools are needed to see certain objects

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