Nano Dreams and Nano Nightmares

NISE Network product
Nano Dreams and Nano Nightmares is a big comedy about small things for families with children under the age of ten. This fifteen minute play incorporates puppetry and humor to introduce audiences to nanoscale science.


Big Idea

Things on the nanoscale are very, very small and behave differently than they do at the macro scale.

Learning Goals

Understand that molecules and atoms are always shaking, sticking and sliding.

Understand that things on the nanoscale behave differently than on the “big” or macro scale.

Be aware that there are potential positive and negative impacts of nanoscale technology.

Nano Content Map
Nanometer-sized things are very small, and often behave differently than larger things do.
Nanotechnologies—and their costs, utility, risks, and benefits—are closely interconnected with society and with our values.



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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