Introduction to Nanotechnology
This kit comes with three different parts, which are best used in sequential order:
- In "The Scale of a Nanometer," students are introduced to the nanometer by imagining that a large circle in a room represents the end of a human hair and then by looking at several "balls" (playing ball, baseball, golf ball, small ball, marble, and grain of salt) to estimate the relative size of a nanometer.
- The teacher presents a PowerPoint called "Thinking Big, Working Small" that introduces the amazing possibilities of nanotechnology. Students then watch a ten minute movie on the work that scientists and engineers do at Nano-CEMMS. A worksheet for middle school or high school level accompanies the movie.
Finally, in a supplemental "Group Research Project on Nanotechnology," students to do research in teams of 2-3 students on topics of their choosing. Some of the possible topics include the following:
- What is nanotechnology?
- What are cleanrooms like?
- What are the current and possible future applications of nanotechnology?
- What is it like to be a nanotechnology student?
- What are other career options for those who study mathematics, physics, chemistry, materials science, computer science, and engineering?
- Are there any ethical issues associated with nanotechnology?
- Part 1: 3 minutes
- Part 2: 30 to 35 minutes
- Part 3: four or five 50 minute sessions
Middle or high school students
- Students will know the small scale of a nanometer. They will know that a nanometer is about 1/80,000 the size of a human hair.
- Students will learn about nanotechnology and its importance. They will learn about new careers in the field and will understand how Nano-CEMMS researchers collaborate.
- Students will become further acquainted with the nature of science, by participating in group research on a nanoscience and nanotechnology-based topic, writing about their findings in an outline or paper, creating an informative poster, presenting their findings to their peers, and individually taking a test over the presentations.
National Science Education Standards:
- Content Standard E: Understanding about Science and Technology.
- Content Standard F: Understandings about Science and Technology in Local, National, and Global Challenges.
- Content Standard G: Science as a Human Endeavor
- Understand measurable attributes of objects and the units, systems, and processes of measurement.
Illinois State Science Learning Standards:
- 12.C.3b: Model and describe the chemical and physical characteristics of matter (e.g., atoms, molecules, elements, compounds, mixtures).
- 13.B.5b: Analyze and describe the processes and effects of scientific and technological breakthroughs.
- 13.B.5e: Assess how scientific and technological progress has affected other fields of study, careers, and job markets and aspects of everyday life.
Illinois State Math Learning Standards:
- 7.A.4a: Apply units and scales to describe and compare numerical data and physical objects.
Illinois State Language Arts Learning Standards:
- 3.A.4: Use standard English to edit docu ments for clarity, subject/verb agreement, adverb and adjective agreement and verb tense; proofread for spelling, capitalization and punctuation; and ensure that documents are formatted in final form for submission and/or publication.
- 4.A.4a: Apply listening skills as individuals and members of a group in a variety of settings (e.g., lectures, discussions, conversa tions, team projects, presentations, interviews).
- 4.B.4b: Use group discussion skills to assume leadership and participant roles within an assigned project or to reach a group goal.
- 5.A.5b: Research, design, and present a project to an academic, business, or school community audience on a topic selected from among contemporary issues.
- 5.C.4b: Produce oral presentations and written documents using supportive research and incorporating contemporary technology.
- "Scale of a Nanometer" Activity Guide
- piece of rope with ends connected
- pair of scissors
- beach ball
- pump to inflate ball
- small wiffle ball
- plastic golf ball
- small ball
- "Grain of Salt" card
- "Thinking Big, Working Small" Activity Guide
- 1 evaluation
- 30 assessments
- PowerPoint presentation, "Thinking Big, Working Small" movie, and documents on CDs
- overhead transparencies of PowerPoint slides
- 30 worksheets--middle or high school level
- worksheet key--middle or high school level
- vial of colloidal gold nanoparticles
- ferrofluid display cell
- 5 laminated copies of "The Scale of Things"
- "Group Research Project on Nanotechnology" Teacher Guide
- "Group Research Project on Nanotechnology" Student Copy
- "Group Research Project on Nanotechnology" Grading Rubric
- LCD or overhead projector
- access to Internet and/or library.
- poster-making materials: posterboard, markers, etc.
- (Part 1) The Scale of Things (PDF)
- (Part 1) Scale of a Nanometer Activity Guide (PowerPoint)
- (Part 1) Scale of a Nanometer Activity Guide (PDF)
- (Part 2) Thinking Big, Working Small Activity Guide (PowerPoint)
- (Part 2) Thinking Big, Working Small Activity Guide (PDF)
- (Part 2) Thinking Big, Working Small (Macintosh Movie)
- (Part 2) Thinking Big, Working Small (Windows Movie)
- (Part 2) Thinking Big, Working Small Presentation (PDF)
- (Part 2) Thinking Big, Working Small Presentation (PowerPoint)
- (Part 2) High School Worksheet (PDF)
- (Part 2) High School Worksheet (MS Word)
- (Part 2) Middle School Worksheet (PDF)
- (Part 2) Middle School Worksheet (MS Word)
- (Part 3) Group Research Project on Nanotechnology for Students (PDF)
- (Part 3) Group Research Project on Nanotechnology for Students (MS Word)
- (Part 3) Group Research Project on Nanotechnology for Teachers (PDF)
- (Part 3) Group Research Project on Nanotechnology for Teachers (MS Word)
- (Part 3) Group Research Project on Nanotechnology Grading Rubric (MS Word)
- (Part 3) Group Research Project on Nanotechnology Grading Rubric (PDF)