Nanotechnology Summer Camp (Ages 8 - 10) - Framework

NISE Network product
Description: 

This is a framework for a summer camp for campers aged 8 - 10 years. Campers learn about nanoscale science and engineering through hands-on activities. The framework can be delivered in 5 half-day (1.5 – 2 hour) sessions. Alternately, the sessions do not have to be delivered consecutively. The first session (Intro to Science and Technology on the Nanoscale) can be used on its own or paired with any of the other four sessions.

Objectives

Big Idea: 
Campers will learn about nanoscale science and engineering.
Learning Goals: 
  • As a result of participating in this program, campers will understand that a nanometer is one-billionth of a meter and nanometer-sized things often behave differently than larger things do.
  • As a result of participating in this program, campers will understand that nanometer sized things exist in nature and nanotechnology and materials can be inspired by nature
  • As a result of participating in this program, campers will understand that nanoscientists and engineers study and make tiny things less than 100 nanometers in size.
  • As a result of participating in this program, campers will understand that scientists and engineers need to use special tools to make observations and build on the nanoscale.
  • As a result of participating in this program, campers will understand that our choices as consumers and citizens affect the development of nanotechnologies
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.
  • Nanoscience, nanotechnology, and nanoengineering lead to new knowledge and innovations that weren't possible before.
  • Nanotechnologies—and their costs, utility, risks, and benefits—are closely interconnected with society and with our values.

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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Development Process: 

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