Nanoparticle Stained Glass (classroom program)

NISE Network product
Description: 

“Nanostained Glass” is a classroom activity that has three parts: a presentation, a lab activity and an art activity. During the presentation, students are introduced to the connections between art and science, with a focus on the connection between stained glass and nanotechnology. Students also learn that gold and silver behave differently at the nanoscale. During the lab activity, students synthesize nanoparticles of gold and silver. Lastly, students use the nanoparticle solutions they synthesized to create a stained “glass” window to take home with them.

Nano topics: 

Objectives

Big Idea: 
Interesting properties of gold and silver nanoparticles have been used for centuries by stained glass artisans.
Learning Goals: 
  • Understand that nanoparticles of gold and silver behave differently than bulk gold and silver.
  • Appreciate the interconnection between science and art.
  • Learn that nanotechnology has been used since the Middle Ages, even though stained glass artisans did not know they were using this technology.
NISE Net 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.

Credits

Funding: 
Developed for the NISE Network with funding from the National Science Foundation under Award Numbers 0532536 and 0940143. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this product are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Foundation.
Permissions: 

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