What's the Smallest Thing You Know?

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The book What’s Smaller Than A Pygmy Shrew? by Robert E. Wells helps students see that a pygmy shrew is among the tiniest of  mammals and that a ladybug is even smaller.  But in the book, they will also find even smaller things that they ordinarily do not see.  This is the beginning of understanding students must have to be able to conceptualize the behavior of matter at the nanoscale and the tools used to explore this world.


Developed by the Georgia Institute of Technology NNIN RET Program.

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This lesson was developed with support of the National Science Foundation, NNIN and the NNIN RET Program.

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Researchers should cite this work as follows:

  • Joyce Palmer Allen (2017), "What's the Smallest Thing You Know?," http://nanohub.org/resources/25629.

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