Exploring Size - Tiny Ruler (NanoDays 08, 09, 10)

NISE Network product
"Exploring Size - Tiny Ruler" is a hands-on activity investigating just how small a billionth of a meter is. Visitors attempt to cut a paper ruler down to a nanometer-sized sliver. They learn that nano is too small to see, and certainly too small to cut with a pair of scissors!


Big Idea

A nanometer is a billionth of a meter.

Learning Goals

A nanometer is a billionth of a meter.

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.


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