School Field Trip Framework

NISE Network product
Description: 

This is a framework for a school field trip of students aged 8 - 11 years. Students learn about nanoscale science and engineering through hands-on activities. The framework is intended to be delivered in a one hour session.

Objectives

Big Idea: 
Nano is small and can be found all around us.
Learning Goals: 
  • As a result of participating in this session, students will understand that a nanometer is one-billionth of a meter.
  • As a result of participating in this session, students will understand that nanometer-sized things often behave differently than larger things do.
  • As a result of participating in this session, students will understand that specialized microscopes allow scientists to observe nanoscale structures.
  • As a result of participating in this session, students will understand that researchers and engineers are using nanoscale science to produce new and/or improved materials.
  • As a result of participating in this session, students will understand that technologies and society influence each other.
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.
  • Nanoscience, nanotechnology, and nanoengineering lead to new knowledge and innovations that weren't possible before.
  • Nanotechnologies—and their costs, utility, risks, and benefits—are closely interconnected with society and with our values.

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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