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Dear colleagues, how do you think, it is necessary to implement nanotechnology in high school education? Does anyone have such experience? What pluses and minuses can you see in it?
An Easy (Bake) Approach to an Edible NanoLab
01 Dec 2016 | | Contributor(s):: Joseph Nunn
The purpose of the lesson is to get young students interested in basic nanotechnology concepts associated with creating “wafers” used in chip fabrication in cleanrooms. Cleanrooms are used to make nanoscale devices with the most common ones being chips used in electronic...
Coffee Break with Nanoscience: Film Formation and "Coffee Rings"
28 Oct 2016 | | Contributor(s):: Irina Golub, James Marti
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 explore the phenomena involved in making thin film coatings. Students will explore the problems that...
Database of The Big Ideas in Nanoscale Science and Engineering (NSTA)
02 Feb 2016 | Datasets | Contributor(s):
By Tanya Faltens
This database lists the 9 Big Ideas of Nanoscale Science and Engineering along with the Learning Goals associated with each Big Idea. Instructors should refer to the NSTA publication, "The...
Electro-deposition of Copper on a Filter Template for Growing Nanowires
02 Dec 2016 | | Contributor(s):: Francis Nguyen
This lab is designed to help students understand the electro-plating process of growing nanowires. This experiment will use an electro-plating process to transfer metal ions in a solution to a template to produce nanowires. The electric field in the solution carries these ions and deposits them...
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...
How Dry am I? Exploring Biomimicry and Nanotechnology
01 Dec 2016 | | Contributor(s):: Elizabeth Davenport, Nancy Healy
Through a series of activities, students will explore superhydrophobic properties of materials. This inquiry based lesson leads them through activities that has them compare and contrast physical properties of superhydrophobic coated materials with uncoated materials. In the process they will...
How Small is That?
02 Dec 2016 | | Contributor(s):: Jamie Ryan
This lab is designed to help students understand the size of nanoparticles compared to the size of other known quantities, such as a human being or a skin cell. After the size of nanoparticles is understood, the students will be challenged to come up with a way to “save”...
Introduction to Creative Problem Solving in Nanotechnology
10 Jan 2017 | | 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 using the Creative Problem-Solving format and serves as a method to encourage debate on current topics.
Is measuring an art or a science?
09 Jan 2017 | | Contributor(s):: Monica Hochstein
Nanotechnology occurs on the scale of 1-100 nanometers (in one direction). There have been numerous predictions about the growth in nanotechnology production and its impact on manufacturing in the near future. Manufacturing and commercial exchange of nano products will create a need for...
Learning About Surface Area and Volume
11 Jan 2017 | | Contributor(s):: Joyce Palmer Allen
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...
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...
Making a Liquid Crystal Thermometer
09 Jan 2017 | | Contributor(s):: Rano Sidhu
Liquid crystals are matter that has properties between those of a liquid and a solid. Liquid crystals may flow like a liquid but have crystals like a solid.colors of the objects are Color is the outcome of various light properties: absorption, refraction, or reflection. In the case of liquid...
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...
Apr 14 2016
NanoDays 2016 at Birck Nanotechnology Center
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...
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...
NISE Net NanoDays Kit Database
22 Jan 2016 | Datasets | Contributor(s):
This is a database of NISE Net NanoDays Kits, with links to information about the kits and instructional videos. This database was created in 2014 and there may be some additional content added...
Mar 31 2016
NSTA Meeting - Nano science and engineering education resources on display at the National Science Teachers Association National Conference
Powers of Ten with the Blue Morpho Butterfly
09 Jan 2017 | | Contributor(s):: Nancy Healy, Marilyn Garza
This activity is designed to help students understand the concept of scale and magnification when examining a Blue Morpho butterfly wing. The activity requires the use of a scanning electron microscope (SEM) but images are provided if there is no access to an SEM.