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Group of children and adults using dry ice to make bubbles in Explore Science Let's Do Chemistry Sublimation Bubbles activity

Short Activities

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.

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Voyage through the Solar System Build a Moon Base Camp learners using building bricks

Voyage through the Solar System: Build a Moon Base Camp

In this activity, learners use building blocks to design and construct a base on the moon that allows explorers to survive and thrive!
Voyage through the Solar System Space Souvenir activity showing  a medallion

Voyage through the Solar System: Space Souvenir

In this activity, learners make their own mission medallion with foil and cardboard!
Voyage through the Solar System Breath of Fresh Air activity with children measuring liquid droppers with graduated cylinders

Voyage through the Solar System: Breath of Fresh Air

In this activity, learners do an experiment that demonstrates some of the science concepts involved in keeping breathable air available on the International Space Station.
A facilitator holds a bottle while a learner wafts a scent to her nose

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.
Learners cut strips of paper in half

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.
Paper Buckyball structure being folded into shape

Exploring Structures - Buckyballs

In this activity, learners fold up a precut shape to make a model of a buckyball.
An overhead shot of a learner holding and comparing different theoretical technologies summarized on sheets of paper

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.
a group of four learners listen to a facilitator as they explain the activity

DNA Nanotechnology

In this activity, learners extract a sample of DNA from split peas and put it in an Eppendorf tube to take home.
Family engaging with sand, plants, and pants

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.
Building with Biology Kit of Parts activity components

Building with Biology: Kit of Parts

In this activity, learners explore the engineering aspect of synthetic biology by solving challenges through building a model cell.