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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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Teaching Materials (1-12 of 12)

  1. Uncertainty Measurements and the Wavelength of Light

    28 Oct 2016 | Teaching Materials

    This high school physics lesson is designed to help students understand how very small measurements can be made (even at the nanoscale) and how the accuracy of those measurements affects their...


  2. Silicon Solar Cell Efficiency: Comparing input power to output power of a silicon photovoltaic cell

    28 Oct 2016 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s): Nancy Healy

    This lesson is designed to help students find a measure of a solar cell’s power conversion efficiency, by studying output power (Pout) of a silicon PV cell and comparing it to the input...


  3. Using Gold Nanoparticles for Bacterial Detection

    28 Oct 2016 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s): Nancy Healy

    This lab is designed to introduce students to gold nanoparticles and some of their applications. Students will create gold nanoparticles (GNPs) and learn the potential disease detection uses of...


  4. The Blood Glucose Mnitor

    28 Oct 2016 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s): Nancy Healy

    Students are introduced to glucose monitors, how these biosensors are being improved with naotechnology, and they test glucose levels. The purpose of the lab is to measure the glucose...


  5. Coffee Break with Nanoscience: Film Formation and "Coffee Rings"

    28 Oct 2016 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s): Nancy Healy

    This lab explores issues that engineers and scientists face in working with thin film i.e., dealing with two phenomena that work against them: cracking and the coffee ring effect. This lab will...


  6. Nanotechnology and the NAE Grand Challenge Make Solar Energy Economical

    20 Jun 2016 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s): Edward Davis, Virginia A. Davis

    This group of materials is designed to provide a framework to teach students in an introductory engineering course basic nanotechnology concepts. The materials use the NAE grand challenge...


  7. Scale cards activity

    11 Dec 2014 | Teaching Materials

    Investigating size and scale using the metric system, from nano to macro


  8. Using nanoHUB to Introduce Elementary and Middle School Students to Models and Simulations

    25 Mar 2014 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s): Tanya Faltens

    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...


  9. Quick and Easy Guide to Carbon Structure Simulations using Crystal Viewer Tool

    30 Sep 2013 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s): Tanya Faltens

    These are step-by-step instructions for creating simulations of carbon nanostructures: - buckly ball - carbon nanotubes - graphene sheets These instructions will allow teachers to run...


  10. K-12: Introduction to Quantum Wells

    02 Feb 2009 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s): David Beck, Mark M Budnik

    A lesson plan for a 20-30 minute exercise for 4th and 5th grade Gifted and Talented students to explore the concept of quantum wells. The objectives of the lesson are: * The students will be...


  11. Nanotechnology and Visible Light

    19 Dec 2006 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s): Raymond Serrano

    This submission is an undergraduate project by Raymond Serrano, a chemistry student at UTEP. Raymond has been a nanoHUB student for one year. In addition to being factor of scale, nanoscience...


  12. Nanotechnology in Biology

    31 Aug 2006 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s): Elizabeth Gardner

    This is the first of two exercises developed by El Paso High School teachers as part of a two week workshop on nanotechnology education, part of the National Center for Learning and Teaching of...