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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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Small Scale Sculpting
09 Jan 2017 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s): Marilyn Garza
This lab is analogous with some nanofabrication processes. This lab will help students understand some of the challenges encountered while making semiconductor chips and waveguides, both of which...
Small Scale Stenciling
Making a Liquid Crystal Thermometer
09 Jan 2017 | Teaching Materials | 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...
Is measuring an art or a science?
09 Jan 2017 | Teaching Materials | 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...
Powers of Ten with the Blue Morpho Butterfly
09 Jan 2017 | Teaching Materials | 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...
Electro-deposition of Copper on a Filter Template for Growing Nanowires
02 Dec 2016 | Teaching Materials | 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...
Synthesis and Stability of Silver Nanoparticles
01 Dec 2016 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s): Brandi Childress
The purpose of this experiment is to conduct synthesis of silver nanoplates and explore their shape stability that affects optical property (referred to as localized surface plasmon...
An Easy (Bake) Approach to an Edible NanoLab
01 Dec 2016 | Teaching Materials | 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. ...
Uncertainty Measurements and the Wavelength of Light
28 Oct 2016 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s): Chris Kaus
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...
Silicon Solar Cell Efficiency: Comparing Input Power to Output Power of a Silicon Photovoltaic Cell
28 Oct 2016 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s): Oskar Cymerman
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...
Using Gold Nanoparticles for Bacterial Detection
28 Oct 2016 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s): Michael L. Falk
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...
The Blood Glucose Mnitor
28 Oct 2016 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s): Steven Thedford, Samantha Andrews, 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...
Coffee Break with Nanoscience: Film Formation and "Coffee Rings"
28 Oct 2016 | Teaching Materials | 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...
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...
nano Ice Cream
28 Apr 2016 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Timothy J Miller, Kenny Schwartz
Liquid nitrogen is used to cool a creamy mixture at a rapid rate such that it precipitates super fine grained crystals of (nano) ice cream.
Size and Scale: A Walk from Kilometers to One Nanometer
17 Feb 2016 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Mark Ratner
A look at scale and size, walking from 1000 kilometers down to 1 nanometer.
Gerhard Klimeck - Why I love my work
10 Feb 2016 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Gerhard Klimeck
Scientist and engineer, Gerhard Klimeck, discusses the joy of his work.
Scale cards activity
11 Dec 2014 | Teaching Materials
Investigating size and scale using the metric system, from nano to macro
Introduction to Nanotechnology - An "Elementary" Education Program
07 Apr 2014 | Presentation Materials | Contributor(s): Mark M Budnik
Presentation for: Around the world, primary and secondary schools are challenged to implement appropriate programs for their gifted and talented students. In this paper, we present how our...
Introduction to Nanotechnology: Implementation of a Cooperative Program for Gifted and Talented Elementary School Children
07 Apr 2014 | Papers | Contributor(s): Mark M Budnik
Around the world, primary and secondary schools are challenged to implement appropriate programs for their gifted and talented students. In this paper, we present how our community's public...