Short activities are brief hands-on experiences lasting less than 15 minutes for small groups of people. They are often presented at a table, cart, or demonstration space in a variety of settings such as a museum exhibit gallery, classroom, or other public or group setting. Multiple short activities can be combined to form a longer activity.
Exploring the Universe: Pack a Space Telescope
In this activity, learners design, build, pack, and deploy their own model space telescopes in this activity.
Exploring the Universe: Static Electricity
In this activity, learners will discover how static electricity works by building a simplified tool that detects invisible forces on Earth and in space.
Earth & Space Solar System Trading Cards Training Games
Professional development training tool solar system card games to prepare staff and volunteers to facilitate Earth and space science activities.
Exploring Structures - Butterfly
In this activity, learners investigate how butterfly wings get their color and that some wings get their color from the nanoscale structures on the wings instead of pigments.
Self-Assembly in Crystals
In this activity, learners explore self-assembly through an interactive demonstration on crystallization.
In this activity, learners discover the basics of nanoscale science, engineering, and technology through a game show format.
Exploring Properties - Electric Squeeze
In this activity, learners investigate the properties of piezoelectric materials using an ammeter, piezo disk, and piezo buzzer.
Oleophobic Surfaces - Anti-Graffiti Demo
In this activity, learners explore several surfaces that display oleophobic properties due to material science research at the nano scale.
Exploring Nano & Society - Tell a Nano Story
In this activity, learners are inspired by picture cards to tell a story about nanotechnologies in the future.
In this activity, learners build a tower representing a future community. Learners will discover how sustainability is a balance of economic, societal, and environmental efforts.