December 28, 2017Darrell Porcello, University of California, Berkeley
The DIY Nano app has recently been named one of the top 60 education apps available by the UK tutoring site Tutorful (formerly Tutora). The website staff downloaded and tested many educational apps from both the Apple and Android app stores before naming their finalists. DIY Nano scored high marks in the category for children ages 6 to 10 years.
DIY Nano provides free, easy to use, hands-on activities at your fingertips. Each activity includes material lists, step-by-step instructions, and detailed explanations. The activity materials are widely available and inexpensive, and you probably have many of them in your own home. The app includes links to family friendly videos and helps you browse the whatisnano.org public website for more information, activities, and videos. DIY Nano is available for iPhones and iPads (DIY Nano HD).
With over 250,000 downloads, DIY Nano is one of the most popular apps available from the do-it-yourself science app series from University of California’s Lawrence Hall of Science. The Tutora award is the latest of several awards for the nanotechnology education app. DIY Nano has also won a Parents’ Choice Silver Medal, was featured in Wired and FamilyFun magazines, and listed as an iPhone app of the week on the Common Sense Media website.
NISE Net product page: http://www.nisenet.org/catalog/diy-nano-app-iphone-and-ipad-versions
Download the DIY Nano app: www.whatisnano.org/diy-nano-app
The Fall 2012 Parents' Choice review states,
"DIY Nano is a lovely way to provide hands on, accessible science learning to your child."
"It offers engaging videos that set the stage for learning, and spells out simple experiments in a recipe card format. Each experiment comes with a summary, set of instructions, and explanation. It's a great summer time or after school guide for things parents and teachers can do for learning about the difficult field of nanoscience."
"DIY Nano makes nanotechnology understandable for kids and gives them ways to experiment with the tiniest bits of engineering and science marvels at home. This easy-to-navigate app includes short videos about topics like materials used in nanotechnology, 'nano' and nature, and how nanotechnology affects everyday life."
Activities are also available as PDFs and on whatisnano.org:
- DIY Nano printable PDF versions: http://www.nisenet.org/catalog/diy-nano
- DIY Nano book: http://www.nisenet.org/catalog/diy-nano-book
- Visit whatisnano.org and click on the DIY tab listed under Resources for more