Cutting It Down to Nano

NISE Network product
Description: 

“Cutting it Down” is a cart demo that communicates scale through a hands-on activity. Visitors learn that the nanometer size scale is very, very small—and that we can’t use macroscale tools to manipulate nanoscale materials. During the program, visitors are challenged to cut a small strip of paper in half as many times as they can—or until they reach the nanoscale, which ever comes first.

Audience: 
Nano topics: 

Objectives

Big Idea: 
the nanometer and the nanoscale are very very small. Nanotechnology means working at small size scales.
Learning Goals: 
  • As a result of participating in this program, visitors will be able to understand that the nanoscale is very, very small and that scientists working at the nanoscale require special tools.
NISE Net Content Map: 
  • Nanometer-sized things are very small, and often behave differently than larger things do.

Credits

Funding: 
Developed for the NISE Network with funding from the National Science Foundation under Award Numbers 0532536 and 0940143. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this product are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Foundation.
Permissions: 

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Development Process: 

NISE Network products are developed through an iterative collaborative process that includes scientific review, peer review, and visitor evaluation in accordance with an inclusive audiences approach. Products are designed to be easily edited and adapted for different audiences under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike license. To learn more, visit our Development Process page.