Exploring Properties - Capillary Action (NanoDays 2014)

  • Exploring Properties - Capillary Action
  • Exploring Properties - Capillary Action
NISE Network product

"Exploring Properties - Capillary Action" is a hands on activity in which visitors explore how liquids flow in narrow spaces. Visitors investigate how this behavior allows liquids to flow against gravity and soak into coffee filters.



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Big Idea

At the nanoscale things behave in surprising ways.

Learning Goals

At the nanoscale things behave in surprising ways.

Technologies and society influence each other.

Nano Content Map
Nanometer-sized things are very small, and often behave differently than larger things do.



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

Science Museum of Minnesota 


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