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NanoDays

NanoDays is a nationwide festival of educational programs about nanoscale science and engineering and its potential impact on the future.  

NanoDays dates:
(last weekend in March - first weekend in April)

2019: March 30-April 7
2020: March 28-April 5
2021: March 27-April 4
2022: March 26-April 3
2023: March 25-April 2


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K-12 Teachers

Curriculum and activity resources for K-12 teachers to use in their classrooms. 
Learn more about K-12 lesson plans.


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Nano Exhibition


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DIY Nano app

Downloadable from the iTunes store. Free.

The DIY Nano app allows families to experience and learn about nanoscale science, engineering, and technology at home!


DIY Nano activites

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DIY Nano book

All the DIY Nano activities contained in one book available for free digital download. 
These 'Do It Yourself' Nano activities and experiments allow families to experience and learn at home. 

DIY Nano (printable PDF versions) 

Individual PDF versions of each activity included in the DIY Nano app available for free digital download.  

Egg Drop

In this activity, kids make Ooze and then test the material in an egg drop! Suitable for kids ages 5 and up.

Space Elevator Activity Sheet

This activity sheet includes images and question prompts for the DIY Nano Space Elevator activity.

Space Elevator

In this activity, kids imagine what the world might look like if we could build an elevator to space! Suitable for kids ages 5 and up.

Mystery Shapes Activity Card

This activity sheet can be printed out and used with the DIY Nano Mystery Shapes activity.

Mystery Shapes

Can you see by feeling? In this activity, kids describe an object they can't see. Suitable for kids ages 3 and up.

Puzzle Blocks

Surprising things have nano connections! In this activity, kids build puzzles, using blocks with images related to nanotechnology. Kids ages 3 and up will enjoy putting together the puzzles. Kids ages 7 and up can make the puzzle blocks themselves.

Puzzle Blocks Print File 

Use this print file to make your own DIY Nano puzzle blocks. Print on heavy paper, then cut them out, fold them up, and tape them together!

Smelly Ballons Activity Sheet 

This optional activity sheet can be printed out and used with the DIY Nano Smelly Balloons activity.

Smelly Balloons

How can we detect things too small to see? In this activity, kids sniff out scents hidden in balloons! Suitable for kids ages 3 and up.

See DNA

How is DNA used to make tiny things? In this activity, kids extract DNA from wheat germ. Suitable for kids ages 5 and up.

Draw a Circuit 

Can a pencil conduct electricity? In this activity, kids complete an electrical circuit with graphite (pencil “lead”). Suitable for kids ages 5 and up.

Invisible Sunblock

What’s in your sunblock? In this activity, kids find out why some mineral sunblock rubs in clear. Suitable for kids ages 5 and up.

Rainbow Film

How can you make rainbow colors out of clear nail polish? In this activity, kids use clear nail polish to create a beautiful iridescent pattern on black paper. Suitable for kids ages 3 and up.

Mystery Sand

Can sand keep itself dry? In this activity, kids play with surprising sand that doesn’t get wet! Suitable for kids ages 3 and up.

Mitten Challenge

What’s the right tool for the job? In this activity, kids try to put together toy bricks—wearing oven mitts on their hands! Suitable for kids ages 3 and up.

Gummy Shapes

How can things build themselves? In this activity, kids use chemistry to “self- assemble” gummy shapes. Suitable for kids ages 3 and up.

Gravity Fail

Do small things behave differently? In this activity, kids try pouring water out of a regular cup and a miniature cup. It’s harder than it sounds! Suitable for kids ages 3 and up.

Egg Drop

In this activity, kids make Ooze and then test the material in an egg drop! Suitable for kids ages 5 and up.

Space Elevator Activity Sheet

This activity sheet includes images and question prompts for the DIY Nano Space Elevator activity.

Space Elevator

In this activity, kids imagine what the world might look like if we could build an elevator to space! Suitable for kids ages 5 and up.

Mystery Shapes Activity Card

This activity sheet can be printed out and used with the DIY Nano Mystery Shapes activity.

Mystery Shapes

Can you see by feeling? In this activity, kids describe an object they can't see. Suitable for kids ages 3 and up.

Putting together a puzzle

Puzzle Blocks

Surprising things have nano connections! In this activity, kids build puzzles, using blocks with images related to nanotechnology. Kids ages 3 and up will enjoy putting together the puzzles. Kids ages 7 and up can make the puzzle blocks themselves.

Print your own puzzle blocks

Puzzle Blocks Print File 

Use this print file to make your own DIY Nano puzzle blocks. Print on heavy paper, then cut them out, fold them up, and tape them together!

Kids filling out the activity sheet

Smelly Ballons Activity Sheet 

This optional activity sheet can be printed out and used with the DIY Nano Smelly Balloons activity.

Kids smelling balloons

Smelly Balloons

How can we detect things too small to see? In this activity, kids sniff out scents hidden in balloons! Suitable for kids ages 3 and up.

Extracting DNA from wheat germ

See DNA

How is DNA used to make tiny things? In this activity, kids extract DNA from wheat germ. Suitable for kids ages 5 and up.

Putting pencil "lead" down on the paper

Draw a Circuit 

Can a pencil conduct electricity? In this activity, kids complete an electrical circuit with graphite (pencil “lead”). Suitable for kids ages 5 and up.

hands spreading sunblock on black paper using cotton swabs

Invisible Sunblock

What’s in your sunblock? In this activity, kids find out why some mineral sunblock rubs in clear. Suitable for kids ages 5 and up.

Rainbow thin film pattern formed on black paper

Rainbow Film

How can you make rainbow colors out of clear nail polish? In this activity, kids use clear nail polish to create a beautiful iridescent pattern on black paper. Suitable for kids ages 3 and up.

fingers making patterns in colored sand

Mystery Sand

Can sand keep itself dry? In this activity, kids play with surprising sand that doesn’t get wet! Suitable for kids ages 3 and up.

girl wearing oven mitts holding lego building blocks

Mitten Challenge

What’s the right tool for the job? In this activity, kids try to put together toy bricks—wearing oven mitts on their hands! Suitable for kids ages 3 and up.

Girl holding blue gummy worm-shaped material

Gummy Shapes

How can things build themselves? In this activity, kids use chemistry to “self- assemble” gummy shapes. Suitable for kids ages 3 and up.

Girl's fingers holding tiny teacup

Gravity Fail

Do small things behave differently? In this activity, kids try pouring water out of a regular cup and a miniature cup. It’s harder than it sounds! Suitable for kids ages 3 and up.

Ready, Set, Fizz!

Which fizzes faster—big pieces or little pieces? In this activity, kids explore the chemical reaction between water and effervescent antacid tablets. Suitable for kids of all ages

Morphing Butterfly

Is a Blue Morpho butterfly really blue? In this activity, kids explore how nano- sized structures can create brilliant color. Suitable for kids ages 7 and up.

A Hundred Tiny Hands Inventor Kits

A Hundred Tiny Hands creates Inventor Kits for kids; the company is led by Michelle Khine, Ph.D., professor at the University of California, Irvine and co-founder of several biotech start-up companies. Kits available for pre-order.

 


Introductions to nanoscale science, engineering, and technology

Intro to Nano video

What's the big deal about nanotechnology? It's all about being really small. Big things are coming from the tiny world of nanotechnology.

What is Nanotechnology? A fifth graders' guide

A short, easy to understand, classroom-friendly introduction to nanotechnology - and why you should care from Risk Bites.

How Small is Nano?

What is a nanometer? What things are measured in nanometers? Is a red blood cell bigger or smaller than a bacteria? This video takes you on an adventure of scale from the macrosize to the microsize to the nanosize! (2:52 minutes)

Nanooze magazine

Magazine and website for kids featuring interesting articles about recent discoveries and what it might mean for the future.

TryNano

An overview of nanotechnology developed by IEEE, IBM, and the New York Hall of Science

Discover Nano

An introduction to nanotechnology developed by Northwestern University

Big Things from a Tiny World

An introduction to nanotechnology developed by National Nanotechnology Initiative

Nanotechnology and Energy: Powerful Things from a Tiny World

An introduction to nanotechnology and energy developed by National Nanotechnology Initiative

How Small is Nano? children's book

Step down in size to find out the answers to questions about size and learn about different types of units that are used to measure very tiny things. This children's book is available for free download, or for purchase via LuLu.com in hardcover, or LuLu.com in softcover, or  Amazon.com in softcover.

Is That Robot Real? children's book

What is a robot, and how small can robots be? Learn what makes a robot a robot, then step down in size and find out which robots are real and which are science fiction. This children's book is available for free download, or for purchase via LuLu.com in hardcover, or LuLu.com in softcover, or  Amazon.com in softcover.

Nanotechnology Part 1: Explore the Nanoscale

Australian animated video on scale. How might we imagine one billionth of a meter?

Nanotechnology Part 2: Nanoproperties

Australian animated video exploring novel nano properties such as conductivity, color, and reactivity at the nanoscale

Introduction to Nanoscience by the Kavli Foundation

Narrated by Alan Alda, this videos an introduction to nanoscience; produced by the Kavli Foundation


Videos

 

Intro to Nano video

What's the big deal about nanotechnology? It's all about being really small. Big things are coming from the tiny world of nanotechnology.

What is Nanotechnology? A fifth graders' guide

A short, easy to understand, classroom-friendly introduction to nanotechnology - and why you should care from Risk Bites.

The World's Smallest Robots: Rise of the Nanomachines

Reactions: Everyday Chemistry videos from the American Chemical Society

What is the Blackest Black?

Even inside a crayon box, there are a lot of shades. But what is the blackest black out there?
Reactions: Everyday Chemistry videos from the American Chemical Society

How Can You See an Atom?

Reactions: Everyday Chemistry videos from the American Chemical Society.

From Lab to Fab: Pioneers in Nano-Manufacturing

The story of two nanotech entrepreneurs navigating the rocky road from discovery to commercialization of products.

Graphene: The Next Big (But Thin) Thing video

Graphene! If you haven't heard of it before, you have now. And it may prove to be the next big thing in materials science. SciShow explains what it is, why it's so awesome, and what challenges we face in harnessing its amazing properties.

Changing Our Relationship with Science

This film asks scientists from to imagine the future of science and technology and the scientific enterprise as a whole.

 

What's Nano About Water?

Nanoscale science and technology (“nano” for short) is all around us and growing rapidly. Learn how you can use nanotechnology to clean drinking water right now!

What's Nano About Toilets?

Discovery how nanotechnology found in nature may eventually be applied to make even the most mundane tasks like scrubbing toilets a thing of the past!

What'S Nano About Chocolate?

Nanoscale science and technology (“nano” for short) is all around us and growing rapidly. See how even chocolate has nano implications and how we are in fact nanosensors!

What's Nano About Bubbles?

Nanoscale science and technology (“nano” for short) is all around us and growing rapidly. Explore how nanoscale science impacts even simple, childhood pleasures like blowing bubbles.

A Little Bit of Sunshine

In this episode of O Wow Moments with Mr. O from the Children's Museum of Houston, Mr. O compares sunblock containing nanoparticles to ointment.

Liquid Armor

In this episode of O Wow Moments with Mr. O from the Children's Museum of Houston, learn how nanotechnology is being used to create new types of protective fabrics.

Invisibility Cloak

A short film comedically exploring the idea of invisibility cloaks and how this possible new technology may influence society.

Zapping Tumors with Gold Nanoshells

The story of how physicist Naomi Halas and bioengineer Jennifer West hatched an idea that could someday lead to relief for millions of cancer patients.

Stealth Imaging with Iron Nanoparticles

The research story of Ralph Weissleder and Mukesh Harisinghani, who collaborated on a clinical trial to determine if iron-oxide nanoparticles could enhance a diagnostic image.

Battling Cancer with Nanotechnology

Mauro Ferrari, a leading pioneer in the field of cancer nanomedicine, shares his research.

Nanotube Fabric Repels Chemical And Biological Agents

Inside Science TV episode produced by the American Institute of Physics.

Nanotech Material Protects Against Most Liquids

Inside Science TV episode from the American Institute of Physics.

ScienceXplained: Fun Ferrofluids

Liquids that respond to a magnet? This is not science fiction, but science fact. In this segment, Yale scientist Dr. Ainissa Ramirez, shows the wonderful world of ferrofluids.

Science Xplained: Spidey Science video

Spiderman isn't the only person who can walk on walls and make webs stronger than steel. Scientists are making this possible in the lab. Dr. Ainissa Ramirez describes the science behind making webs and walking on walls.

Material Marvels with Ainissa Ramirez - Nanomaterials

Dr. Ainissa Ramirez demonstrates how materials behave strangely when they are nanosize—about 1/100,000 the thickness of your hair.

Material Marvels with Ainissa Ramirez - Graphene

Dr. Ainissa Ramirez discusses how a layer of carbon that is one atom thick, called graphene, will revolutionize our lives.

Three Angry Scientists

A 20 minute film meant to inspire conversation about weighing the risks and benefits of new technology.

Wonders and Worries of Nanotechnology: Who Benefits

A short 3-minute film to aid in the discussion of the societal and ethical implication of nanotechnology.

Wonders and Worries of Nanotechnology: Regulation

A short 3-minute film to aid in the discussion of the societal and ethical implication of nanotechnology.

Wonders and Worries of Nanotechnology: Ask and Research

A short 3-minute film to aid in the discussion of the societal and ethical implication of nanotechnology.

Wonders and Worries of Nanotechnology

A short 3-minute film to aid in the discussion of the societal and ethical implication of nanotechnology.

Nobel Winning Experiment

In this episode of O Wow Moments with Mr. O from the Children's Museum of Houston, we take a look at a Nobel Prize winning experiment!

Nanocoatings

In this episode of O Wow Moments with Mr. O from the Children's Museum of Houston, we take a look at Nanocoatings!

Butterfly Blues

Mr. O talks about iridescence and Blue Morpho butterflies in another "O Wow" moment at the Children's Museum of Houston.

The NanoTechnology Science Rap - Coma Niddy University

Science rapper Mike Wilson AKA Coma Niddy provides an intro to Nanotechnology.

Silver Kills Germs! Nanotechnology Science - Coma Niddy

Science rapper Mike Wilson AKA Coma Niddy explains antimicrobial abilities of silver.

Nanomedicine Explorer

Virtual exhibit on cancer nanomedicine. Hear stories from researchers working on the cutting edge of cancer detection and treatment. Play interactive games an learn more.

NanoDays Event Promotional Video

NanoDays promotional video invites learners of all ages to "come see what's so big about the super small!" at NanoDays events nationwide. (30 seconds)

Nano and Me - Gravity

Meet Macro and Nano. Nano is WAY smaller than Macro and has some very surprising properties! (32 seconds)

Nano and Me - Gold 

Meet Macro and Nano. Nano is WAY smaller than Macro and has some very surprising properties! (35 seconds)

Nano and Me - Aluminum 

Meet Macro and Nano. Nano is WAY smaller than Macro and has some very surprising properties! (34 seconds)

Nano and Me - Silver

Meet Macro and Nano. Nano is WAY smaller than Macro and has some very surprising properties! (42 seconds)

Nano and Me - Latex

Meet Macro and Nano. Nano is WAY smaller than Macro and has some very surprising properties! (33 seconds)

Nano and Me - Pants

Meet Macro and Nano. Nano is WAY smaller than Macro and has some very surprising properties!

Let's Talk About It

A short film that stimulates conversation about the impact the field of nanoscale science may have on our lives. (9:56 minutes)

Same Sides

A short film that stimulates conversation about the impact the field of nanoscale science may have on our lives. (11:41 minutes)

Zoom into a Blue Morpho Butterfly

Zoom into the natural nanostructures that manipulate light on a Blue Morpho Butterfly!

Zoom into a Microchip

Zoom into the inner workings of a computer microchip!

Zoom into a Lotus Leaf

In this film "Zoom into a Lotus Leaf," see an up close look at the tiny nanostructures that give the leaf its unique behavior.

Intro to Nanomedicine video

What is Nanomedicine? This is a narrated-and-captioned 2.5 minute video that provides a brief overview of some of the basic ideas and goals of nanomedicine.

Does Every Silver Lining Have a Cloud?

Duke University researchers explain the relationship between nanomaterials, in particular nano silver, and their potential impact on the ecosystem.

Nano Careers

This creative video from Science Alberta, explores the possible careers in nanoscale science, engineering, and technology.

Do You Know What Nano Means? 

This creative video from Science Alberta, explores the world of the nanoscale.

The strange new world of Nanoscience

Narrated by Stephen Fry, this film explores the strange world of nanoscience.

Risk Bites screenshot

What is Nanotechnology? A fifth graders' guide

A short, easy to understand, classroom-friendly introduction to nanotechnology - and why you should care from Risk Bites.

ACS Reactions logo

The World's Smallest Robots: Rise of the Nanomachines

Reactions: Everyday Chemistry videos from the American Chemical Society

ACS reactions logo

What is the Blackest Black?

Even inside a crayon box, there are a lot of shades. But what is the blackest black out there?
Reactions: Everyday Chemistry videos from the American Chemical Society

How Can You See an Atom?

Reactions: Everyday Chemistry videos from the American Chemical Society.

From Lab to Fab

From Lab to Fab: Pioneers in Nano-Manufacturing

The story of two nanotech entrepreneurs navigating the rocky road from discovery to commercialization of products.

Graphene SciShow screenshot

Graphene: The Next Big (But Thin) Thing video

Graphene! If you haven't heard of it before, you have now. And it may prove to be the next big thing in materials science. SciShow explains what it is, why it's so awesome, and what challenges we face in harnessing its amazing properties.

Changing our relationship with science

Changing Our Relationship with Science

This film asks scientists from to imagine the future of science and technology and the scientific enterprise as a whole.

Girl studies cup of river water

What's Nano About Water?

Nanoscale science and technology (“nano” for short) is all around us and growing rapidly. Learn how you can use nanotechnology to clean drinking water right now!

Girl with cabbage leaf

What's Nano About Toilets?

Discovery how nanotechnology found in nature may eventually be applied to make even the most mundane tasks like scrubbing toilets a thing of the past!

Chocolate Bar

What'S Nano About Chocolate?

Nanoscale science and technology (“nano” for short) is all around us and growing rapidly. See how even chocolate has nano implications and how we are in fact nanosensors!

Bubbles

What's Nano About Bubbles?

Nanoscale science and technology (“nano” for short) is all around us and growing rapidly. Explore how nanoscale science impacts even simple, childhood pleasures like blowing bubbles.

UV Rays

A Little Bit of Sunshine

In this episode of O Wow Moments with Mr. O from the Children's Museum of Houston, Mr. O compares sunblock containing nanoparticles to ointment.

non-Newtonian fluid

Liquid Armor

In this episode of O Wow Moments with Mr. O from the Children's Museum of Houston, learn how nanotechnology is being used to create new types of protective fabrics.

Invisible basketball players

Invisibility Cloak

A short film comedically exploring the idea of invisibility cloaks and how this possible new technology may influence society.

man holding meter stick

Intro to Nano video

What's the big deal about nanotechnology? It's all about being really small. Big things are coming from the tiny world of nanotechnology.

Zapping Tumors with Gold Nanoshells

Zapping Tumors with Gold Nanoshells

The story of how physicist Naomi Halas and bioengineer Jennifer West hatched an idea that could someday lead to relief for millions of cancer patients.

Stealth Imaging with Iron Nanoparticles

Stealth Imaging with Iron Nanoparticles

The research story of Ralph Weissleder and Mukesh Harisinghani, who collaborated on a clinical trial to determine if iron-oxide nanoparticles could enhance a diagnostic image.

Battling Cancer with Nanotechnology

Battling Cancer with Nanotechnology

Mauro Ferrari, a leading pioneer in the field of cancer nanomedicine, shares his research.

Inside Science TV logo

Nanotube Fabric Repels Chemical And Biological Agents

Inside Science TV episode produced by the American Institute of Physics.

Inside Science TV logo

Nanotech Material Protects Against Most Liquids

Inside Science TV episode from the American Institute of Physics.

hand with magnet and tube of ferrofluid

ScienceXplained: Fun Ferrofluids

Liquids that respond to a magnet? This is not science fiction, but science fact. In this segment, Yale scientist Dr. Ainissa Ramirez, shows the wonderful world of ferrofluids.

Scientist Ainissa Ramirez

Science Xplained: Spidey Science video

Spiderman isn't the only person who can walk on walls and make webs stronger than steel. Scientists are making this possible in the lab. Dr. Ainissa Ramirez describes the science behind making webs and walking on walls.

3 Angry Scientists

Three Angry Scientists

A 20 minute film meant to inspire conversation about weighing the risks and benefits of new technology.

Who Benefits

Wonders and Worries of Nanotechnology: Who Benefits

A short 3-minute film to aid in the discussion of the societal and ethical implication of nanotechnology.

Regulation

Wonders and Worries of Nanotechnology: Regulation

A short 3-minute film to aid in the discussion of the societal and ethical implication of nanotechnology.

Ask and Research

Wonders and Worries of Nanotechnology: Ask and Research

A short 3-minute film to aid in the discussion of the societal and ethical implication of nanotechnology.

Wonders and Worries of Nanotechnology

A short 3-minute film to aid in the discussion of the societal and ethical implication of nanotechnology.

Nobel Winning Experiment

Nobel Winning Experiment

In this episode of O Wow Moments with Mr. O from the Children's Museum of Houston, we take a look at a Nobel Prize winning experiment!

nanocoatings

Nanocoatings

In this episode of O Wow Moments with Mr. O from the Children's Museum of Houston, we take a look at Nanocoatings!

Blue Butterfly

Butterfly Blues

Mr. O talks about iridescence and Blue Morpho butterflies in another "O Wow" moment at the Children's Museum of Houston.

Coma Niddy icon

The NanoTechnology Science Rap - Coma Niddy University

Science rapper Mike Wilson AKA Coma Niddy provides an intro to Nanotechnology.

coma niddy icon

Silver Kills Germs! Nanotechnology Science - Coma Niddy

Science rapper Mike Wilson AKA Coma Niddy explains antimicrobial abilities of silver.

What is Cancer button on Nanomedicine Explorer website

Nanomedicine Explorer

Virtual exhibit on cancer nanomedicine. Hear stories from researchers working on the cutting edge of cancer detection and treatment. Play interactive games an learn more.

Girl looking curiously at NanoDays activity

NanoDays Event Promotional Video

NanoDays promotional video invites learners of all ages to "come see what's so big about the super small!" at NanoDays events nationwide. (30 seconds)

Nano and Me - Gravity

Nano and Me - Gravity

Meet Macro and Nano. Nano is WAY smaller than Macro and has some very surprising properties! (32 seconds)

Nano and Me - Gold

Nano and Me - Gold 

Meet Macro and Nano. Nano is WAY smaller than Macro and has some very surprising properties! (35 seconds)

Nano and Me - Aluminum

Nano and Me - Aluminum 

Meet Macro and Nano. Nano is WAY smaller than Macro and has some very surprising properties! (34 seconds)

Nano and Me - Pants

Nano and Me - Silver

Meet Macro and Nano. Nano is WAY smaller than Macro and has some very surprising properties! (42 seconds)

Nano and Me - Latex

Nano and Me - Latex

Meet Macro and Nano. Nano is WAY smaller than Macro and has some very surprising properties! (33 seconds)

Nano and Me - Pants

Nano and Me - Pants

Meet Macro and Nano. Nano is WAY smaller than Macro and has some very surprising properties!

Let's Talk About It

Let's Talk About It

A short film that stimulates conversation about the impact the field of nanoscale science may have on our lives. (9:56 minutes)

Same Sides

Same Sides

A short film that stimulates conversation about the impact the field of nanoscale science may have on our lives. (11:41 minutes)

Zoom into a Blue Morpho Butterfly

Zoom into a Blue Morpho Butterfly

Zoom into the natural nanostructures that manipulate light on a Blue Morpho Butterfly!

Zoom into a microchip

Zoom into a Microchip

Zoom into the inner workings of a computer microchip!

Zoom into a Lotus Leaf

Zoom into a Lotus Leaf

In this film "Zoom into a Lotus Leaf," see an up close look at the tiny nanostructures that give the leaf its unique behavior.

Intro to Nanomedicine video

Intro to Nanomedicine video

What is Nanomedicine? This is a narrated-and-captioned 2.5 minute video that provides a brief overview of some of the basic ideas and goals of nanomedicine.

Does Every Silver Lining Have a Cloud?

Does Every Silver Lining Have a Cloud?

Duke University researchers explain the relationship between nanomaterials, in particular nano silver, and their potential impact on the ecosystem.

Nano Careers

Nano Careers

This creative video from Science Alberta, explores the possible careers in nanoscale science, engineering, and technology.

Do you know what nano means?

Do You Know What Nano Means? 

This creative video from Science Alberta, explores the world of the nanoscale.

Ainissa Ramirez Nanomaterials image of scientist holding foil sheet

Material Marvels with Ainissa Ramirez - Nanomaterials

Dr. Ainissa Ramirez demonstrates how materials behave strangely when they are nanosize—about 1/100,000 the thickness of your hair.

Material Marvels with Ainissa Ramirez - Graphene

Dr. Ainissa Ramirez discusses how a layer of carbon that is one atom thick, called graphene, will revolutionize our lives.

 

The strange new world of Nanoscience

Narrated by Stephen Fry, this film explores the strange world of nanoscience.

 

Adventures at Nanoscale: Superconductivity video

Animated characters and their subatomic alter egos to explore how electrical conductors and high temperature superconductors work. More at www.quarked.org.

Getting a Sense of Smell

It turns out that we are nanosensors - our noses actually sense molecules. Explore how our sense of smell works!

I Got No Stains on Me

Examine how nanoscale science and technology are applied to create clothes that are stain resistant using nature as inspiration.

Molecular Gastronomy 

Find out how to make your own ice cream topping that requires a scientist (namely, you) to create it and how it relates to nanotechnology!

Can Nanotechnology Create Utopia?

Theoretical Physicist, Michio Kaku addresses the possibility of creating a utopian future through abundance of resources made possible by nanotechnology. (5:42 min)

A Brief History of Nanotechnology pop-up video

Over the past decade, tinkering with tiny things has become seriously big business. This pop-up animation by Daniel Keogh helps put nanotechnology in perspective. (1:27) (ABC Australia)

Making Stuff PBS series

Four part NOVA series - Making Stuff: Stronger, Smaller, Cleaner, Smarter

What Happens in a NanoLab?

This video introduces the scientists, tools, and equipment found in clean rooms, a special kind of lab used to do nanoscale research. (3:26 minutes)

How Small is Nano?

What is a nanometer? What things are measured in nanometers? Is a red blood cell bigger or smaller than a bacteria? This video takes you on an adventure of scale from the macrosize to the microsize to the nanosize! (2:52 minutes)

NanoNerds

Variety of fun, educational videos about nanotechnology produced by the Museum of Science, Boston

The Twinkie Guide to Nanotechnology

Andrew Maynard of the Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies provides an introductory guide to nanotechnology

Nanotechnology: the Power of Small

Fred Friendly Seminar television series and online forum explores the ethical issues surrounding the applications of Nanotechnology

When Things Get Small

What could a stadium-sized bowl of peanuts, a shrinking elephant, and a crazed hockey player have to do with nanoscience? 27 minute Video produced by University of California San Diego

Risk Bites screenshot

What is Nanotechnology? A fifth graders' guide

A short, easy to understand, classroom-friendly introduction to nanotechnology - and why you should care from Risk Bites.

ACS Reactions logo

The World's Smallest Robots: Rise of the Nanomachines

Reactions: Everyday Chemistry videos from the American Chemical Society

ACS reactions logo

What is the Blackest Black?

Even inside a crayon box, there are a lot of shades. But what is the blackest black out there?
Reactions: Everyday Chemistry videos from the American Chemical Society

How Can You See an Atom?

Reactions: Everyday Chemistry videos from the American Chemical Society.

From Lab to Fab

From Lab to Fab: Pioneers in Nano-Manufacturing

The story of two nanotech entrepreneurs navigating the rocky road from discovery to commercialization of products.

Graphene SciShow screenshot

Graphene: The Next Big (But Thin) Thing video

Graphene! If you haven't heard of it before, you have now. And it may prove to be the next big thing in materials science. SciShow explains what it is, why it's so awesome, and what challenges we face in harnessing its amazing properties.

Changing our relationship with science

Changing Our Relationship with Science

This film asks scientists from to imagine the future of science and technology and the scientific enterprise as a whole.

Girl studies cup of river water

What's Nano About Water?

Nanoscale science and technology (“nano” for short) is all around us and growing rapidly. Learn how you can use nanotechnology to clean drinking water right now!

Girl with cabbage leaf

What's Nano About Toilets?

Discovery how nanotechnology found in nature may eventually be applied to make even the most mundane tasks like scrubbing toilets a thing of the past!

Chocolate Bar

What'S Nano About Chocolate?

Nanoscale science and technology (“nano” for short) is all around us and growing rapidly. See how even chocolate has nano implications and how we are in fact nanosensors!

Bubbles

What's Nano About Bubbles?

Nanoscale science and technology (“nano” for short) is all around us and growing rapidly. Explore how nanoscale science impacts even simple, childhood pleasures like blowing bubbles.

UV Rays

A Little Bit of Sunshine

In this episode of O Wow Moments with Mr. O from the Children's Museum of Houston, Mr. O compares sunblock containing nanoparticles to ointment.

non-Newtonian fluid

Liquid Armor

In this episode of O Wow Moments with Mr. O from the Children's Museum of Houston, learn how nanotechnology is being used to create new types of protective fabrics.

Invisible basketball players

Invisibility Cloak

A short film comedically exploring the idea of invisibility cloaks and how this possible new technology may influence society.

man holding meter stick

Intro to Nano video

What's the big deal about nanotechnology? It's all about being really small. Big things are coming from the tiny world of nanotechnology.

Zapping Tumors with Gold Nanoshells

Zapping Tumors with Gold Nanoshells

The story of how physicist Naomi Halas and bioengineer Jennifer West hatched an idea that could someday lead to relief for millions of cancer patients.

Stealth Imaging with Iron Nanoparticles

Stealth Imaging with Iron Nanoparticles

The research story of Ralph Weissleder and Mukesh Harisinghani, who collaborated on a clinical trial to determine if iron-oxide nanoparticles could enhance a diagnostic image.

Battling Cancer with Nanotechnology

Battling Cancer with Nanotechnology

Mauro Ferrari, a leading pioneer in the field of cancer nanomedicine, shares his research.

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Nanotube Fabric Repels Chemical And Biological Agents

Inside Science TV episode produced by the American Institute of Physics.

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Nanotech Material Protects Against Most Liquids

Inside Science TV episode from the American Institute of Physics.

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ScienceXplained: Fun Ferrofluids

Liquids that respond to a magnet? This is not science fiction, but science fact. In this segment, Yale scientist Dr. Ainissa Ramirez, shows the wonderful world of ferrofluids.

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Science Xplained: Spidey Science video

Spiderman isn't the only person who can walk on walls and make webs stronger than steel. Scientists are making this possible in the lab. Dr. Ainissa Ramirez describes the science behind making webs and walking on walls.

3 Angry Scientists

Three Angry Scientists

A 20 minute film meant to inspire conversation about weighing the risks and benefits of new technology.

Who Benefits

Wonders and Worries of Nanotechnology: Who Benefits

A short 3-minute film to aid in the discussion of the societal and ethical implication of nanotechnology.

Regulation

Wonders and Worries of Nanotechnology: Regulation

A short 3-minute film to aid in the discussion of the societal and ethical implication of nanotechnology.

Ask and Research

Wonders and Worries of Nanotechnology: Ask and Research

A short 3-minute film to aid in the discussion of the societal and ethical implication of nanotechnology.

Wonders and Worries of Nanotechnology

A short 3-minute film to aid in the discussion of the societal and ethical implication of nanotechnology.

Nobel Winning Experiment

Nobel Winning Experiment

In this episode of O Wow Moments with Mr. O from the Children's Museum of Houston, we take a look at a Nobel Prize winning experiment!

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Nanocoatings

In this episode of O Wow Moments with Mr. O from the Children's Museum of Houston, we take a look at Nanocoatings!

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Butterfly Blues

Mr. O talks about iridescence and Blue Morpho butterflies in another "O Wow" moment at the Children's Museum of Houston.

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The NanoTechnology Science Rap - Coma Niddy University

Science rapper Mike Wilson AKA Coma Niddy provides an intro to Nanotechnology.

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Silver Kills Germs! Nanotechnology Science - Coma Niddy

Science rapper Mike Wilson AKA Coma Niddy explains antimicrobial abilities of silver.

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Nanomedicine Explorer

Virtual exhibit on cancer nanomedicine. Hear stories from researchers working on the cutting edge of cancer detection and treatment. Play interactive games an learn more.

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NanoDays Event Promotional Video

NanoDays promotional video invites learners of all ages to "come see what's so big about the super small!" at NanoDays events nationwide. (30 seconds)

Nano and Me - Gravity

Nano and Me - Gravity

Meet Macro and Nano. Nano is WAY smaller than Macro and has some very surprising properties! (32 seconds)

Nano and Me - Gold

Nano and Me - Gold 

Meet Macro and Nano. Nano is WAY smaller than Macro and has some very surprising properties! (35 seconds)

Nano and Me - Aluminum

Nano and Me - Aluminum 

Meet Macro and Nano. Nano is WAY smaller than Macro and has some very surprising properties! (34 seconds)

Nano and Me - Pants

Nano and Me - Silver

Meet Macro and Nano. Nano is WAY smaller than Macro and has some very surprising properties! (42 seconds)

Nano and Me - Latex

Nano and Me - Latex

Meet Macro and Nano. Nano is WAY smaller than Macro and has some very surprising properties! (33 seconds)

Nano and Me - Pants

Nano and Me - Pants

Meet Macro and Nano. Nano is WAY smaller than Macro and has some very surprising properties!

Let's Talk About It

Let's Talk About It

A short film that stimulates conversation about the impact the field of nanoscale science may have on our lives. (9:56 minutes)

Same Sides

Same Sides

A short film that stimulates conversation about the impact the field of nanoscale science may have on our lives. (11:41 minutes)

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Zoom into a Blue Morpho Butterfly

Zoom into the natural nanostructures that manipulate light on a Blue Morpho Butterfly!

Zoom into a microchip

Zoom into a Microchip

Zoom into the inner workings of a computer microchip!

Zoom into a Lotus Leaf

Zoom into a Lotus Leaf

In this film "Zoom into a Lotus Leaf," see an up close look at the tiny nanostructures that give the leaf its unique behavior.

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Intro to Nanomedicine video

What is Nanomedicine? This is a narrated-and-captioned 2.5 minute video that provides a brief overview of some of the basic ideas and goals of nanomedicine.

Does Every Silver Lining Have a Cloud?

Does Every Silver Lining Have a Cloud?

Duke University researchers explain the relationship between nanomaterials, in particular nano silver, and their potential impact on the ecosystem.

Nano Careers

Nano Careers

This creative video from Science Alberta, explores the possible careers in nanoscale science, engineering, and technology.

Do you know what nano means?

Do You Know What Nano Means? 

This creative video from Science Alberta, explores the world of the nanoscale.

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Material Marvels with Ainissa Ramirez - Nanomaterials

Dr. Ainissa Ramirez demonstrates how materials behave strangely when they are nanosize—about 1/100,000 the thickness of your hair.

Material Marvels with Ainissa Ramirez - Graphene

Dr. Ainissa Ramirez discusses how a layer of carbon that is one atom thick, called graphene, will revolutionize our lives.

The strange new world of Nanoscience

Narrated by Stephen Fry, this film explores the strange world of nanoscience.

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Adventures at Nanoscale: Superconductivity video

Animated characters and their subatomic alter egos to explore how electrical conductors and high temperature superconductors work. More at www.quarked.org.

Getting a Sense of Smell

It turns out that we are nanosensors - our noses actually sense molecules. Explore how our sense of smell works!

I Got No Stains on Me

Examine how nanoscale science and technology are applied to create clothes that are stain resistant using nature as inspiration.

Molecular Gastronomy 

Find out how to make your own ice cream topping that requires a scientist (namely, you) to create it and how it relates to nanotechnology!

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Can Nanotechnology Create Utopia?

Theoretical Physicist, Michio Kaku addresses the possibility of creating a utopian future through abundance of resources made possible by nanotechnology. (5:42 min)

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A Brief History of Nanotechnology pop-up video

Over the past decade, tinkering with tiny things has become seriously big business. This pop-up animation by Daniel Keogh helps put nanotechnology in perspective. (1:27) (ABC Australia)

What Happens in a NanoLab?

This video introduces the scientists, tools, and equipment found in clean rooms, a special kind of lab used to do nanoscale research. (3:26 minutes)

 

How Small is Nano?

What is a nanometer? What things are measured in nanometers? Is a red blood cell bigger or smaller than a bacteria? This video takes you on an adventure of scale from the macrosize to the microsize to the nanosize! (2:52 minutes)

NanoNerds

Variety of fun, educational videos about nanotechnology produced by the Museum of Science, Boston

 

The Twinkie Guide to Nanotechnology

Andrew Maynard of the Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies provides an introductory guide to nanotechnology

 

Nanotechnology: the Power of Small

Fred Friendly Seminar television series and online forum explores the ethical issues surrounding the applications of Nanotechnology

 

When Things Get Small

What could a stadium-sized bowl of peanuts, a shrinking elephant, and a crazed hockey player have to do with nanoscience? 27 minute Video produced by University of California San Diego

Nanozone

Videos, games and activities produced by the Lawrence Hall of Science

PBS DragonflyTV Nano

Online tv episodes, interviews with nano scientists, online games, and activities to try at home

Nanotechnology Part 1: Explore the Nanoscale

Australian animated video on scale. How might we imagine one billionth of a meter?

Nanotechnology Part 2: Nanoproperties

Australian animated video exploring novel nano properties such as conductivity, color, and reactivity at the nanoscale.

NOVA MAKING STUFF

Stronger, Smaller, Cleaner, Smarter: Spider silk that is stronger than steel. Plastics made of sugar that dissolve in landfills. Self-healing military vehicles. Smart pills and micro-robots that zap diseases. Clothes that monitor your mood. What will the future bring, and what will it be made of?

 

NOVA MAKING MORE STUFF

Faster, Wilder, Colder, Safer. Each NOVA PBS episode shows how the field of materials science has changed history and is shaping the future with a new generation of amazing materials.

Introduction to Nanoscience by the Kavli Foundation

Narrated by Alan Alda, this videos an introduction to nanoscience; produced by the Kavli Foundation.

Curiosity, discovery and gecko feet - Robert Full TED-Ed talk 

UC Berkeley biologist Robert Full describes the unlikely way he studied gecko’s feet and how these beneficial discoveries could eventually save lives.


Audio & Podcasts

Nano exhibition Audio Description

Audio Description (AD) digital files for the Nano mini-exhibition, intended for visitors who are blind or have low vision

Sustainable Nano podcast

Podcast from the Center for Sustainable Nanotechnology sustainable-nano.com

Tiny Tech radio series

Step into the world of nanotechnology with short radio episodes focusing on the science and engineering of the very small. Produced by WUFT and the Center for Nanostructured Electronic Materials (CNEM) at the University of Florida, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and the University of Georgia.

Oregon's Nanotechnology

Many people wonder: what is nanotechnology, really? Guests Skip Rung of ONAMI, and George Kimbrell with the Center for Technology Assessment, help enhance understanding.

Trips to the NanoFrontier Podcast

Six episode podcast series focused on exciting research and applications in nanotechnology created by the Woodrow Wilson Center's Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies (PEN)

NPR's Science Friday - Nanotech: Small Things Considered

A look at nanotech fact and fiction, and the potential links between the two (August 11, 2000)

NPR's Science Friday - Nanoantenna Sheets Harvest Energy

A talk with the developers of flexible sheets of 'nanoantennas' that could aid in getting energy from solar energy or from other heat sources (August 22, 2008)

NPR's Science Friday - Nanotechnology

A look at the future of nanotechnology, icluding the promise of nanomedicine and the care and handling of nanotech when it comes to potential health and environmental effects (June 15, 2007)

NPR's Science Friday - Buckyballs

A talk with one of the chemists who discovered buckyballs, Nobel prize-winner Harry Kroto (March 20, 2009)

NPR's Science Friday - Materials Science

Host Ira Flatow spends focuses on various nano topics. Recent developments and directions for research in the fields of nanomaterials and nanotechnology. How do you take pictures of objects that are too small to photograph? Buckyballs and buckypaper.

Small Talk podcast

SmallTalk is a 5 part podcast series chatting about nanotechnology with leading scientists, thinkers, artists, writers, and visionaries produced by the Exploratorium

EarthSky: A Clear Voice for Science

Variety of 90-second radio mini-documentaries on nano for distributed to radio stations nationwide


Games

Doctor Know online game and App for iOS and Android

Play doctor in the 21st century! Practice modern medicine by examining all dimensions of the body, from organs to molecules, as an interconnected system. Use innovative tests and treatments to heal your patients, not hurt them.

Mission: Nano

Mission: Nano consists of a series of four challenges to diagnose and treat a bone injury utilizing medical nanotechnology. Players can choose a “story mode” where they lead the doctor to complete all four challenges or a “practice mode” to complete the four challenges as quickly as possible. Currently available in web and Android versions

National Geographic's Mysteries of the Unseen World

This iPad app takes players on a spectacular journey into the nano-world. Familiar items from our everyday lives become beautifully abstract and unidentifiable under the lens of an electron microscope. Quizzes and puzzles will challenge players' ability to decipher the unseen in the world around us.

Quarked! - Adventures in the Subatomic Universe

Online games, videos, and activities bring subatomic physics to life.

Presidential Decisions Game

This Flash game presents you, the President, with several national decisions about nanotechnology. Advisors and lobbyists give suggestions as you try to remain popular and get reelected.

Nano Buzz puzzle games

Play one of several short online puzzle games: Help assemble the carbon nanotubes, Help filter the water, Try to find the nanoparticle, and Test your nanotech memory.

Nanomedicine Explorer

Virtual exhibit on cancer nanomedicine. Hear stories from researchers working on the cutting edge of cancer detection and treatment. Play interactive games an learn more.

Dig into Nano Technology

The Dig in to Nano Technology interactive site introduces visitors to the world of things you just can't see.

The Scale of the Universe

This interactive animation is a modern version of the classic powers of ten video. It takes you all the way from the (estimated) outer reaches of the universe down to the length of a Planck. Somewhere in the middle, the animation let's you explore the nano-scale. Click on different objects as they zoom by to learn more.

Swiss Nano Cube: Nanorama

Take the nano challenge! Find 42 everyday products containing nanomaterials or being enhanced by nanotechnology.

Feynman's Flowers citizen science project

Researchers are asking members of the public to help unlock the secrets of magnetism at the molecular scale by taking part in a citizen science project. Volunteers from across the world can help analyze microscope images of individual molecules, which have characteristic flower shapes.

Molecularium NanoSpace

Explore the world of atoms and molecules with games, activities and short animations in a fun-filled virtual amusement park.

Nanoreisen - NanoJourneys: Adventures beyond the Decimal

Interactive online journey into the world of nanoscale (in German, English, French, and Spanish).

NanoMission

Downloadable PC game by PlayGen from England.

NanoZone

Videos, games and activities produced by the Lawrence Hall of Science.

Dragonfly TV Nanobots

Online Nanobots game.


Products & Society

NanoSuperMarket

The Nano Supermarket presents speculative nanotech products that may hit the store shelves in the future: medicinal candy, interactive wall paint, programmable wine and more. The debate-provoking products are both innovative as well as uncanny and disturbing.

Presidential Decisions Game

This Flash game presents you, the President, with several national decisions about nanotechnology. Advisors and lobbyists give suggestions as you try to remain popular and get reelected.

 

Three Angry Scientists

A 20 minute film meant to inspire conversation about weighing the risks and benefits of new technology.

Wonders and Worries of Nanotechnology: Who Benefits

A short 3-minute film to aid in the discussion of the societal and ethical implication of nanotechnology.

Wonders and Worries of Nanotechnology: Regulation

A short 3-minute film to aid in the discussion of the societal and ethical implication of nanotechnology.

Wonders and Worries of Nanotechnology: Ask and Research

A short 3-minute film to aid in the discussion of the societal and ethical implication of nanotechnology.

Wonders and Worries of Nanotechnology

A short 3-minute film to aid in the discussion of the societal and ethical implication of nanotechnology.

Does Every Silver Lining Have a Cloud?

Duke University researchers explain the relationship between nanomaterials, in particular nano silver, and their potential impact on the ecosystem.

Can Nanotechnology Create Utopia?

Theoretical Physicist, Michio Kaku addresses the possibility of creating a utopian future through abundance of resources made possible by nanotechnology. (5:42 min)

NanOpinion website

This European research project analyzes public opinion about our future with nanotechnologies.

Nanotechnology in Society FAQs

Like electricity, automobiles, and computers, nanotechnology may change our economy and our jobs, our air and our water, our play and even our relationships, developed by the Center for Nanotechnology in Society at Arizona State University. (CNS-ASU)

FindNano

An inventory of nanotechnology-based consumer products currently on the market developed by the Woodrow Wilson Center. (iPhone app mobile version)

Nano and Me

A place to learn about nano products and debate societal and ethical issues produced by the United Kingdom’s Responsible Nano Forum.

Changing Our Relationship with Science

This film asks scientists from to imagine the future of science and technology and the scientific enterprise as a whole.


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