Flip between macro and nanoscale images of familiar objects to learn about ways that nanotechnology is inspired by nature, surprising properties at the nanoscale, and new applications in nanotechnology. Includes print your own cards.
This activity from Science Alberta guides you through the process of making a complex buckyball shape out of origami paper. Their educational website, wonderville.ca, has additional activities, videos, games, and comics.
This creative video from Science Alberta, explores the possible careers in nanoscale science, engineering, and technology. Their educational site, wonderville.ca, includes additional education videos, games, activities, and comics.
DragonflyTV Nano showcases kids conducting inquiry-based investigations, aided by science museums and university research labs nationwide. The DragonflyTV Nano series presents the "big ideas" in nanoscience and nanotechnology The accompanying website provides links to online games and activities, in-depth educator guides, and episode synopses.
The NanoSchoolBox is a kit that provides instructions and background information for nanotechnology experiments or demonstrations. Experiments explore the lotus effect, titanium oxide, ferrofluids, colloids including gold, memory metal and reactivity.
"Experiment with Superhydrophobic Materials" is a hands-on activity that tests highly water repellent materials. In this experiment the degree of hydrophobicity is measured and explained. The tested materials are highly water repellent thanks to their surface nano-engineering. The materials have been developed using nature as an inspiration, since some plant leaves have exceptional properties due to their surface composition. The activity includes an educator guide, PowerPoint, laboratory worksheet and background information.
"Exploring Structures - Butterfly" is a hands-on activity in which visitors investigate how some butterfly wings get their color. They learn that some wings get their color from the nanoscale structures on the wings instead of pigments.
"Exploring Structures - DNA" is a hands-on activity in which visitors create a necklace of wheat germ DNA. They learn that self-assembly is a process by which molecules and cells form themselves into functional structures.