How Big is a Nanometer? (Middle and High School curriculum lesson)

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Description
The purpose of this activity is to help students conceptualize the magnitude of a nanometer compared to other metric units of length. At the end of this activity, students will be able to state the size of a nanometer, convert between nanometers and other metric units of length, and give concrete examples of nanotechnology use in everyday life. At the conclusion of this unit, students will create a 7-10 minute class presentation to demonstrate their learning.
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Nano Content Map
Nanometer-sized things are very small, and often behave differently than larger things do.
Scientists and engineers have formed the interdisciplinary field of nanotechnology by investigating properties and manipulating matter at the nanoscale.

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Funding

National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network (NNIN) funded by the National Science Foundation

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National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network (NNIN); © 2009 Pennsylvania State University

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