
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...

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 spread...

Sometimes We Need Big Numbers
11 Jan 2017   Contributor(s):: Joyce Palmer Allen
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...

What's the Smallest Thing You Know?
11 Jan 2017   Contributor(s):: Joyce Palmer Allen
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...

Size and Scale  Learning about measurement
09 Jan 2017   Contributor(s):: NNIN RET
Students will visualize the order of numerical properties of objects from the nanoscale to visible scale using exponents and decimals. Students will make size comparisons of objects. Students will develop an understanding of how small a nanometer is in comparison to common objects. They will also...

Learning about Surface Area and Volume Using "Spaghetti and Meatballs for All!"
05 Apr 2016   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 spread...

Using nanoHUB to Introduce Elementary and Middle School Students to Models and Simulations
25 Mar 2014   Contributor(s):: Tanya Faltens
This is a combination handson and simulation activity that will teach middle school students about the function and importance of modeling and simulations in science and engineering while learning about three important carbon nanostructures: graphene, bucky balls, and carbon nanotubes. The...