Zoom into a Microchip video

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This zoom video explores the inner-workings of a microchip. We start with a digital camera and transition to a scanning electron microscope. You'll see the tiny wires and the cris-crossing patterns of the microchip's circuits while learning a bit about why making it small is important.



Big Idea

Microchips are small, powerful, and improved by nanotechnology.

Learning Goals

As a result of watching this video, learners will appreciate the intricate and very small nature of microchips.

As a result of watching this video, learners will appreciate how nanotechnology has improved the microchip.

Nano Content Map
Nanometer-sized things are very small, and often behave differently than larger things do.
Nanoscience, nanotechnology, and nanoengineering lead to new knowledge and innovations that weren't possible before.


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, University of California Berkeley


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