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 Solar System: Hide and Seek Moon
In this activity, learners use binoculars to find a hidden object on a Moon poster and learn how cultures around the world have viewed the Moon.
What’s in the Water
In this activity, learners investigate what chemicals and compounds can be found in a sample of water using a variety of tools and techniques.
Games for the Future
In this activity, learners participate in futures thinking and learn about the United Nation's global goals for sustainable development by playing a series of games.
Radio Futures: I Spy Radio
Young learners explore a colorful illustration showing everyday uses of radio technologies.
Exploring Size - Scented Solutions
In this activity, learners sniff a series of diluted scent solutions to discover they can smell nano-sized particles they can't see.
Cutting It Down to Nano
In this activity, learners cut a small strip of paper in half as many times as they can to explore scale.
Exploring Structures - Buckyballs
In this activity, learners fold up a precut shape to make a model of a buckyball.
Exploring Nano & Society - You Decide!
In this activity, learners sort and prioritize cards with new nanotechnologies according to their own values and the values of others.
In this activity, learners extract a sample of DNA from split peas and put it in an Eppendorf tube to take home.
Sand, Plants and Pants
In this activity, learners explore how the application of nano-sized particles or substances can change a bigger material’s properties.