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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: Interpreting Chemical Labels
27 Mar 2017 | | Contributor(s):: Southwest Center for Microsystems Education (SCME)
The fabrication of micro and nano devices requires the use of several types of chemicals, both inert and hazardous. OSHA requires specific information about a chemical to be on its label. This learning module provides information needed to interpret chemical labels and symbols used. ...
Learning Module: Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) - Instructor Guides
This learning modules introduces students to the types of personal protective equipment (PPE) required when working in a manufacturing or laboratory environment. The purpose of PPE is discussed as well as the type of PPE required for different tasks.
Learning Module: Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
This learning modules introduces you to the types of personal protective equipment (PPE) required when working in a manufacturing or laboratory environment. The purpose of PPE is discussed as well as the type of PPE required for different tasks.
Learning Module: Micro Pressure Sensors & the Wheatstone Bridge - Instructor Guides
24 Feb 2017 | | 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 electronic circuit) is used as the sensing circuit of such pressure sensors, the module also goes into...
Learning Module: Microcantilevers - Instructor Materials
09 Feb 2017 | | 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 operation. There is a pre and post-test, four (4) informational units (PKs), and two (2)...
17 Jan 2017 | | 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 size. These nanoparticles can easily enter our cells. Students examine if and how these...
Lines on Paper
11 Jan 2017 | | 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 will help students understand how light is bent into different directions as it interacts with small...
Nanotechnology Invention and Design: Phase Changes, Energy, and Crystals
11 Jan 2017 | | 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. Students will first explore how energy exchanges lead to solid-state phase changes at the macroscale and...
Synthesis and Characterization of CdSe Qunatum Dots
11 Jan 2017 | | 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 time. The laboratory will demonstrate how the color of these quantum dots can be connected to...
Taking a Closer Look at Objects
11 Jan 2017 | | 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. These tools include magnifying glasses and microscopes. The lesson can be conducted as...
Wet Etching in Nanofabrication
11 Jan 2017 | | 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. The fabrication of electronic devices is now reaching into the nanoscale with the capability of more...
Right Tool for the Job
11 Jan 2017 | | 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, where the objects are too small to be seen and the information we gather depends on the tools that we...
Help or Hype: The Ethics of Bio-nanotechnology
11 Jan 2017 | | 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 to medical devices. While scientists have created many life-saving treatments ethical concerns, such...
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 and Engineering (Stevens, Sutherland, and Krajick 2009). The first is Size and Scale or factors...
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 grades and helps students understand events such as why a hot potato cools down quicker when it is...
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 particles of matter are. It begins to lay the foundation for future learning about atoms in the...
Silver Nanoparticle Synthesis, Spectroscopy, and Bacterial Growth
11 Jan 2017 | | 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 spectrophotometer and will convert between different units of measurement. This unit assists students in...
What's the Smallest Thing You Know?
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...