Exploring Materials - Oobleck (NanoDays 2014)

NISE Network product
Description: 

"Exploring Materials—Oobleck" is a hands on activity in which visitors investigate the properties of a cornstarch and water mixture and test its ability to protect from impacts. Visitors learn that similar nanomaterials can be used in new personal protective equipment.

Audience: 

Objectives

Big Idea: 
The way a material behaves on the macroscale is affected by its structure on the nanoscale.
Learning Goals: 
  • The way a material behaves on the macroscale is affected by its structure on the nanoscale.
  • Nanotechnology takes advantage of special properties at the nanoscale to create new materials.
NISE Net Content Map: 
  • Nanoscience, nanotechnology, and nanoengineering lead to new knowledge and innovations that weren't possible before.

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: 

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