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Exploring Fabrication - Gummy Capsules

In this activity, learners make self-assembled polymer spheres.

DESCRIPTION

"Exploring Fabrication - Gummy Capsules" lets visitors make self-assembled polymer spheres. They learn that self-assembly is a process by which molecules and cells form themselves into functional structures, and that self-assembly is used to make nanocapsules that can deliver medication. "Explore Science - Zoom info Nano Gummy Shapes" (2016) version designed for groups and community outreach.

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DESCRIPTION

"Exploring Fabrication - Gummy Capsules" lets visitors make self-assembled polymer spheres. They learn that self-assembly is a process by which molecules and cells form themselves into functional structures, and that self-assembly is used to make nanocapsules that can deliver medication. "Explore Science - Zoom info Nano Gummy Shapes" (2016) version designed for groups and community outreach.

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OBJECTIVES

BIG IDEA

Self-assembly is a process by which molecules and cells form themselves into functional structures.

LEARNING GOALS

  • Self-assembly is a process by which molecules and cells form themselves into functional structures.

  • Self-assembly is used to make nanocapsules, which can deliver medication.

NANO CONTENT MAP

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

Nanoscience, nanotechnology, and nanoengineering lead to new knowledge and innovations that weren't possible before.

Credits

YEAR CREATED
2011
OWNING INSTITUTION

Science Museum of Minnesota

FUNDING

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.

PERMISSIONS

Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike 3.0 United States (CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 US).
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