Balloon Nanotubes Tabletop

NISE Network product
"Nanotube Balloons" is a cart activity that introduces visitors to the structure and properties of carbon nanotubes. Visitors learn how the carbon atoms are arranged in a carbon nanotube, and that nanotubes are extremely strong and have interesting electrical properties. During the program, visitors help build a model of a carbon nanotube---out of balloons!


Big Idea

Carbon nanotubes are a form of carbon with an interesting structure and unique properties.

Learning Goals

Carbon nanotubes are nanoscale molecules with an hexagonal structure.

Nanotechnology means working at small size scales, manipulating

Nano Content Map
Scientists and engineers have formed the interdisciplinary field of nanotechnology by investigating properties and manipulating matter at the nanoscale.



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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