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This community is a place to share information on teaching nanoscience to high school students. Resources on nanoHUB that are geared towards high school students will be highlighted, and links provided to good material outside nanoHUB.

Within this group, community members can communicate with one another via email, the discussion board and blog. The discussion board may be a good place to talk about particular lesson plans or ways that other teachers approach certain concepts, for example.

You can post notices for events on the group calendar and collaborate on projects with other members. You can also share items through the wiki pages. Within a wiki page, you can have text, upload files and images, and have links to material on the web. Wiki pages can be set up so that any group member can edit a page, or you can specify that only you as the page author can edit the page you create. Wiki pages may be a good way to share your nanoscience lesson plans.

If you need assistance, send a message to Tanya Faltens through nanohub.

This group contains the following:

High School Resources on nanoHUB

Engineering the Classroom – Engineering science as the core for technology teacher education for the 21st century

By Michael De Miranda, Thomas J. Siller and Todd D. Fantz
Northwestern University (2009)
This NCLT seminar presentation will report on content analysis research of pre-service teacher/engineering science students’ ability to conceptualize, design, and evaluate student design brief solutions in high school technology classes.

Carbon Nanotube Mission

By Adaku Ochia
Purdue University (2007)
This presentation discusses some online games at Generation-Nano.Org that are developed to teach nano-scaled science to a K-12 audience. The website holds games and exercises developed with Adobe Flash categorized as missions, to explain critical concepts of nanotechnology in an easy to understand form. The Carbon Nanotube Mission is comprised of three games with supporting interactive videos.

nanoHUB NINN K12 Educators Wiki

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Nano*High Nanoscience for High School Students

University of California-Berkeley (2010) 7 Series
Series of lectures aimed at high school students from those already committed to careers in science to those committed to poetry, history, philosophy or to figuring out what they want to be committed to.

Nano*High— X-rays, Lasers, and Molecular Movies

By Roger W. Falcone
Dr. Roger Falcone discusses X-ray tomography, a method that uses X-rays to produce three-dimensional images and movies of the smallest objects like cells, nano-structures, and microscopic events.

Nano*High— Got Plastic? What Saran Wrap & Renewable Energy Generation Have in Common

By Rachel Segalman
In addition to learning about an exciting nanoscience research area, and some visions of its future applications, teachers will find ideas for simple and effective classroom demonstrations, supported by an explanation of the physics underlying the phenomena.
Selected topics: polymers, tunability, polymer LEDs, renewable energy, polymer solar-cells, photolithography, demixing, photovoltaics, block copolymer self-assembly (and the “plumber’s nightmare”), nanopatterning.
Demonstrations include: water absorbing polymer from baby diapers, silly putty, a dotted drink, hot dog and floating magnets, milk and Red Bull demixing (thought-provoking: volume comparison)

Nano*High— Nature’s Nasty Nanomachines. How Viruses Work, and How We Can Stop Them

By Carolyn R. Bertozzi,
Viruses are marvels of natural nano-engineering, but can pose a problem for human health. To combat these nano-machines, scientists are turning to recent developments in nanotechnology to prevent infection and cure disease.

High School Resources on the Web

NISE Network K-12 Resources

Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network has lots of material for educators. The site is for students and parents.

Nano 101: Exploring the NanoWorld

NISE Network

NACK Network

Nanotechnology Applications and Career Knowledge (NACK) Network Provides Educator Resources including introductory material that is appropriate for all levels of education.


Seattle’s Hub for Industry-driven Nanotechnology Education at North Seattle Community College.

Material Marvels with Ainissa Ramirez – Nanomaterials

YouTube Video (3:59)

Self-Assembly of Lithographically Patterned 3D Micro/Nanostructures

YouTube Video (8:54), a resource for nanoscience and nanotechnology, is supported by the National Science Foundation and other funding agencies. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.