self-assembly

Ready, Set, Self-Assemble

“Ready, Set, Self-Assemble” is a full-body program which introduces visitors to the concept of self-assembly in a fun and energetic way. Through the use of three full-body, interactive games, visitors explore the phenomena of self-assembly and its possible uses in nanotechnology.

Snowflakes: Nano at its Coolest

"Snowflakes" is a public presentation that introduces nanoscale science through the subject of snowflakes. Visitors learn that the complex structure of snowflakes results from the nanoscale arrangement of water molecules in an ice crystal, and that snowflakes are examples of self-assembled systems studied by nanoscientists. During the program, visitors watch videos of snowflakes growing and observe real ice crystals growing in a chilled chamber.

Regenerating Tissues

Visitors see how nanomaterials are able to form tiny structures called nanoscaffolds that help the body repair damaged muscle, bone, and nerve tissues. In the interactive, an injured nerve is unable to communicate messages. After injecting nanoparticles, visitors can watch as the nerve endings grow back together, and sensory messages are once again able to reach the brain.

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.

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.

DNA Fingerprinting Activity

"DNA Fingerprinting Activity" is a complete lesson with experiments and PowerPoint presentations that uses beads to explore self-assembly and DNA fingerprinting. Several experimental approaches to working with materials that are both too small to be seen and too numerous to be counted are covered. (Restriction Fragment Length Polymerization, Polymerase Chain Reaction, Short Tandem Repeat DNA Analysis, and gel electrophoresis.) This is a product from the National Center for Learning and Teaching in Nanoscale Science and Engineering (NCLT) NanoEd Resource Portal.

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