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Using nanoHUB to Introduce Middle School Students to Models and Simulations

By Tanya Faltens

Purdue University

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Abstract

This is a combination hands-on and simulation activity that will teach middle school students about the function and importance of modeling and simulations in science and engineering while learning about three important carbon nanostructures: graphene, bucky balls, and carbon nanotubes. The activity uses the Crystal Viewer simulation tool in nanoHUB, and has been used with many different ages of student at NanoDays at the Birck Nanotechnology Center at Purdue.

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Dr. Tanya Faltens previously taught hands-on science classes and summer camps using the "LHS Method" of scientific inquiry at the Lawrence Hall of Science, UC Berkeley. She is currently the Educational Content Creation Manager for the Network for Computational Nanotechnology at Purdue Universtiy.

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  • Tanya Faltens (2014), "Using nanoHUB to Introduce Middle School Students to Models and Simulations," http://nanohub.org/resources/20667.

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