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Teaching middle school or high school students? Use these resources to help kids understand what nanotechnology is and how it may impact their lives. You might start by watching Mark Ratner's seminar A Gentle Introduction to Nanotechnology and Nanoscience. Check out the various animations that we have to explain nanoscience concepts. Try running a simple tool online, such as CNTbands.
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Learning Module: Micro Pressure Sensors & the Wheatstone Bridge - Instructor Guides
24 Feb 2017 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s): Southwest Center for Microsystems Education (SCME)
This purpose of this learning module is to allow students the opportunity to explore micro pressure sensors - their applications, design and fabrication, and operation.
Learning Module: Micro Pressure Sensors & the Wheatstone Bridge
This learning module allows you to explore micro and nano-sized pressure sensors - their applications, design and fabrication, and operation. Because the Wheatstone bridge (a specialized...
Learning Module: Microcantilevers - Instructor Materials
09 Feb 2017 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s): Southwest Center for Microsystems Education (SCME)
This learning module is an overview of microcantilevers, how they work and how they are used in micro and nanotechnology. These are the instructor materials.
Learning Module: Microcantilevers
This learning module introduces you to the microcantilever, its applications in micro and nanotechnologies, its use in sensor arrays, and how it works in both static and dynamic modes of...
17 Jan 2017 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s): Darren Hayes, Nancy Healy
Many plastics are in our oceans due to pollution, including ocean dumping and land runoff. Sunlight and alkaline ocean water break these plastics down into small particles, many are nanoscale in...
Lines on Paper
11 Jan 2017 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s): Joshua LaForge
Students will learn how scientists use a process called X-ray diffraction to figure out the structure of things that are too small to see such as atoms, molecules, and crystal structures.This lab...
Nanotechnology Invention and Design: Phase Changes, Energy, and Crystals
11 Jan 2017 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s): Daniella Duran
This 3-part lesson introduces the nanoscale effect of various energy inputs on the crystal lattice of a smart material, Nitinol, and then invites students to become nanotechnology inventors....
Synthesis and Characterization of CdSe Qunatum Dots
11 Jan 2017 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s): Nicholas Blake
In this laboratory, students will study how surfactant-based chemistry can be used to synthesize CdSe quantum dots and study how the size of the quantum dots can be controlled by varying reaction...
Taking a Closer Look at Objects
11 Jan 2017 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s): Georgia Institute of Technology
For students to understand their world they often need to use tools to gather information. Some tools will help them see parts of their surrounding world that they would otherwise miss....
Wet Etching in Nanofabrication
11 Jan 2017 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s): Manuel Casillas
This lab will help students understand how chemical reactions are used to create the specific shapes on surfaces of crystalline materials, which make up functional components within electronics....
Right Tool for the Job
11 Jan 2017 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s): Joyce Palmer Allen
The purpose of this lesson is to encourage students to think about how using tools helps them gather information about the world around them. This is especially important at the nanoscale,...
Help or Hype: The Ethics of Bio-nanotechnology
11 Jan 2017 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s): Samantha Andrews
This lesson explores the ethical concerns related to bio-nanotechnology. Bio-nanotechnology is the application of nanotechnology to living things. This ranges from the creation of pharmaceuticals...
Mixtures and Nanotechnology
The purpose of this unit is to help students make the connection that the classification of mixtures is based on the size of particles. This connects to two of the Big Ideas in Nanoscale Science...
Learning About Surface Area and Volume
The purpose of this lesson is to help students extend their knowledge of area, perimeter, and volume to include surface area. The understanding of these concepts begin in the elementary...
Sometimes We Need Big Numbers
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...
Silver Nanoparticle Synthesis, Spectroscopy, and Bacterial Growth
11 Jan 2017 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s): Pennsylvania State University
Students will learn about the differences in physical propoerties at the nanoscale as compared to the same materials at the macroscale. The students will demonstrate the appropriate use of a...
What's the Smallest Thing You Know?
11 Jan 2017 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s): Joyce Allen
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...
Introduction to Creative Problem Solving in Nanotechnology
10 Jan 2017 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s): Joseph Nunn
This lesson serves as an introduction to the field of nanotechnology by discussing its real-world implications in light of current economic issues and conditions. The lesson is performed...
Silver Nanoparticle Socks
10 Jan 2017 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s): Pennsylvania State Univeristy
This lab will allow students to use the pure silver nanoparticles they synthesize to create antibacterial socks. They will compare their socks with socks that have been treated with a commercial...
Size and Scale - Learning about measurement
09 Jan 2017 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s): NNIN RET
Students will visualize the order of numerical properties of objects from the nanoscale to visible scale using exponents and decimals. Students will make size comparisons of objects. Students will...