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Model Rockets and Composite Materials: Design, Build, Launch
27 May 2021 | | Contributor(s):: Amber Genau
Students will gain experience with polymer matrix fiber composites, composite production, and the tradeoffs inherent in the engineering design process by designing, building and launching their own model rocket. Composite materials are created via hand layup and vacuum assisted resin...
NCN Nanophotonics and Metamaterials
NCN-SLC holds an NCN Student Research Symposium (NSRS) in Spring/ Summer each year. The purpose is to bring together students from the various research groups working on nanoscience and...
Materials Camp for High School Students
01 Jul 2020 | | Contributor(s):: Amber Genau
These activities were all developed for the Materials Camp program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), which began in 2011. The camp is a five-day, non-residential program designed to introduce mostly local 10th-12th grade students to the field of materials engineering and the...
Balloon Skewer Relay Race
29 Jun 2020 | | Contributor(s):: Amber Genau
Do you think you could get a bamboo barbecue skewer through a balloon without popping it? With a little dish soap and some practice, I bet you could! Skewering a balloon is a fun and inexpensive way to demonstrate the structure-dependent properties of polymers. Polymers are made...
Materials Matching Mixer Activity
This materials-themed ice breaker activity is great for the first day of a camp program to get students thinking about basic material properties, as well as talking to each other and speaking out loud in front of the group. The name of a common engineering material (steel, rubber, concrete,...
Pineapple Packaging Design Challenge
This activity asks students to work in teams to consider the pros and cons of different materials as a container for cut pineapple (metal can plastic jar, glass jar). It reinforces the differences between different categories of material, weighing conflicting factors to reach a design...
Engineering Communication with Tinker Toys
This resource describes three variations on an engineering communication activity using Tinker Toys. In the main activity, small groups of students are given a bag of Tinker Toys and instructed to build anything they like. They are then asked to write down building instructions for...
Nanomaterials have a structure whose size is on the scale of 1-100nm. Materials with this size characteristic can have unique chemical, electrical, optical, thermal and structural properties. A...
Introduction to Back Propagation
13 Feb 2020 | | Contributor(s):: Mauricio Segovia
Nano-Link Center for Nanotechnology Education
K-12 Educational Module on Sustainability: What's Inside a Hard Drive?
20 Jun 2019 | | Contributor(s):: Congying Wang
This lesson is originally designed as an outreach activity for high school students, and it can be easily transformed and integrated into current K-12 courses. In this educational module, students will learn the concepts of sustainability, electronics wastes (e-wastes), and life cycles via the...
Oct 09 2018
National Nanotechnology Day