DIY Nano App - iPad version

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The DIY Nano app HD (for iPads) allows families to experience and learn about nanoscale science, engineering, and technology at home or on the go! The apps provide 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. Our app includes links to family friendly videos and helps you browse the public website for more information, activities, and videos.

DIY Nano HD is compatible with all iPad models, iOS 5.0 or later. 

2020 updates:

DIY Nano for iPhones is no longer downloading from the App store (DIY Nano was for iPhone 3GS, 4, 4s, 5, 5s and 3rd to 5th Gen iPod Touch with iOS 5 or later)



Awards include:

  • 2017: The DIY Nano named one of the top 60 education apps available by the UK tutoring site Tutorful (formerly Tutora).
  • 2013: DIY Nano App is featured in Wired Magazine's review of apps
  • 2012: DIY Nano App has been awarded a Silver Honor award for mobile apps by Parents' Choice
  • 2012: Common Sense Media has featured the NISE Network's DIY Nano as their "iPhone App of the Week"


Big Idea

Even though nanotechnology is done at big research labs, you can do and learn about it at home or anywhere you take your mobile device.

Learning Goals

As a result of exploring this mobile application, users will learn simple lessons about nanotechnology that follow our content map.

Learning can happen anywhere and anytime with the right tools.

Nano 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.


Year created

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.

Owning institution

Lawrence Hall of Science


Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike 3.0 United States (CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 US).
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Development Process

NISE Network products are developed through an iterative collaborative process that includes scientific review, peer review, and visitor evaluation in accordance with an inclusive audiences approach. Products are designed to be easily edited and adapted for different audiences under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike license. To learn more, visit our Development Process page.