Exploring Structures - DNA (NanoDays 2012)

NISE Network product
Description: 

"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.

Audience: 

Objectives

Big Idea: 
Self-assembly is a process by which molecules and cells form themselves into functional structures.
Learning Goals: 
  • Self-assembly is a process by which molecules and cells form themselves into functional structures.
  • Researchers in the field of nanotechnology are using materials that self-assemble—like DNA—to create new materials and technologies smaller than 100 nanometers in size.
NISE Net Content Map: 
  • Nanometer-sized things are very small, and often behave differently than larger things do.
  • Scientists and engineers have formed the interdisciplinary field of nanotechnology by investigating properties and manipulating matter at the nanoscale.

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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