Northwestern University’s module-based educational materials are hands-on, inquiry and design-based units for middle and high school students. Based on materials science and nanotechnology principles, this interdisciplinary approach engages students, adds relevance to traditional curriculum, and has been shown to improve science knowledge for all students.
In this TED-Ed talk, UC Berkeley biologist Robert Full describes the unlikely way he studied gecko’s feet and how these beneficial discoveries could eventually save lives. The Ted-Ed Lesson includes a short quiz to follow the video, and additional links that go deeper into Full's work.
Inside Science TV produced by the American Institute of Physics features videos on nanotechnology including: Nanotech Material Protects Against Most Liquids
In this activity, students learn what composite materials are and why they are used in many industries. Students put these ideas to work as they design and create their own bricks. After the bricks are made, students employ a variety of mechanical tests to evaluate their bricks.