Nano for Elementary and Middle School
Go to the Learning Communities in the nanoHUB Education Page
This community is a place to share information on teaching nanoscience to younger students, from kindergarten through 8th grade. Group members can communicate with one another via the forum. This may be a good place to talk about lesson plans or ways to approach certain concepts. You can post notices for events on the group calendar and collaborate on projects with other members. You can also collect and share items using the group collections.
A few links you may find especially useful:
Nano Education Resources Portal
This is a database of nanoeducation resources that can be searched, filtered, and sorted. Resources are listed by topic area, grade level, core discipline, STEM content area, and resource type.
The Big Ideas of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (NSTA)
NSTA provides a nice framework in which to discuss ideas related to nanoscale science and engineering. The 9 Big Ideas of Nanoscale Scence and Engineering and their associated learning goals are described here.
NISE Net's NanoDays Kit Contents Database
Many hands-on activities along with instructional videos are available via NISE net, search for what you would like from this spreadsheet, which covers kit content through 2014.
This group contains the following:
Engineering Career Profiles
We have interviewed scientists and engineers who do nanotechnology. Click the above link to see their profiles.
Take the nanoHUB Carbon Nanotube Dance Challenge!
For National Nanotechnology Day- 10/9 every year (for 109)
Science Alternatives for K-12 Education - Synchronous & Asynchronous Instruction Tools & Lessons
The suggestions and tools listed in this document can be used as a guide for developing science and engineering lessons. Consider it a starting point for teachers to consider the variety of tools available to use in synchronous and asynchronous learning formats. In addition to the tips and tools described, the document also provides three examples of how the tools are used to create 5-E engineering and science lessons.