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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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Learning About Surface Area and Volume
11 Jan 2017 | Teaching Materials | 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...
Sometimes We Need Big Numbers
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...
Silver Nanoparticle Synthesis, Spectroscopy, and Bacterial Growth
11 Jan 2017 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s): Pennsylvania State University
Students will learn about the differences in physical propoerties at the nanoscale as compared to the same materials at the macroscale. The students will demonstrate the appropriate use of a...
What's the Smallest Thing You Know?
11 Jan 2017 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s): Joyce 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...
Introduction to Creative Problem Solving in Nanotechnology
10 Jan 2017 | Teaching Materials | 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...
Silver Nanoparticle Socks
10 Jan 2017 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s): Pennsylvania State Univeristy
This lab will allow students to use the pure silver nanoparticles they synthesize to create antibacterial socks. They will compare their socks with socks that have been treated with a commercial...
Size and Scale - Learning about measurement
09 Jan 2017 | Teaching Materials | 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...
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...