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Nanoscience in Elementary Schools TEDx Presentation

Troy Dassler's 12 minute TEDx presentation about how he came to introduce nanoscience into his elementary school. Based on his experiences at Aldo Leopold Elementary School working with scientists at the University of Wisconsin MRSEC.

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Size and Scale (Elementary and Middle School curriculum lesson)

Students will examine the order of size of objects from the nanoscale to macroscale to visualize exponents and decimals, make size comparisons of objects, and develop an understanding of how small a nanometer is in comparison to common objects. This lesson uses the metric system.

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Modeling Self-Assembly (High School curriculum lesson)

There are two activities in this lesson, the Fly Prison and the Water Maze. The Fly Prison is a hands-on modeling activity designed to introduce students to the area of nanotechnology and give them a basic understanding of how researchers build very small devices by the self-assembly of molecules. The water maze is a follow-up activity to give the students a chance to practice and demonstrate what they have learned.

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Modeling Self Assembly (Middle School curriculum lesson)

There are two activities in this lesson, the Fly Prison and the Water Maze. The fly Prison is a hands-on modeling activity designed to introduce students to the area of nanotechnology and give them a basic understanding of how researchers build very small devices by the self-assembly of molecules. The water maze is a follow-up activity to give the students a chance to practice and demonstrate what they have learned.

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The Water Race: Hydrophobic & Hydrophilic Surfaces (High School curriculum lesson)

This activity developed by NNIN explores how nanotechnology can be used to change the properties of a copper surface so that it either attracts or repels water. It is appropriate for middle school and high school students.

Nonpolar molecules that repel the water molecules are said to be hydrophobic; molecules forming ionic or a hydrogen bond with the water molecule are said to be hydrophilic. This property of water was important for the evolution of life. Hydrophobic interaction plays the most critical roles in the formation of the lipid bilayer of the cell membrane and the folding...

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Reading and Analyzing Nanotechnology (Middle and High School curriculum lesson)

A focus of the National Science Standards is that students are provided opportunities to read and analyze science outside of their textbooks. This lesson will allow reading across the curriculum by providing students the opportunity to read about nanotechnology. In addition this will open up an opportunity to engage students in discourse about a significant technology that will allow them to analyze and reflect on its implications and significance for the future.

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Surface Area to Volume Ratio (Middle and High School curriculum lesson)

This lab is designed to help students understand how nanoparticles may be more effective catalysts by investigating how the surface area-to-volume ratio of a substance is affected as its shape changes. This lab is meant to complement a chemistry unit on catalysts. Nanosized materials have a significant portion of their atoms on the surface. Understanding how catalysts work involves studying chemical reactions at the molecular and atomic scale. For this reason, catalysis can be considered one of the earliest forms of nanoscale science. Part 2 is an inquiry-based lab that should...

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Nanotechnology and Cosmetics (High School curriculum lesson)

This is a series of four lessons which build upon each other to explore the use of nanotechnology in cosmetics as well as the social and ethical issues associated with nano-based cosmetics. The purpose of these lessons is to familiarize students with the chemistry of cosmetics and the anatomy of the skin.

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Magnetism and Nanotechnology (Middle and High School curriculum lesson)

Ferrofluid is a unique material that has both magnetic and liquid properties. It is a colloidal solution of nano-sized particle of magnetite suspended in a liquid. (Purchased). This activity will review what students know about magnetism and compares that knowledge to how ferrofluid behaves.

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