Exploring Size - Measure Yourself (NanoDays 08, 09, 10, 11, 14)

  • Measure yourself
  • Exploring Size - Measure Yourself
  • Exploring Size - Measure Yourself
  • Exploring Size - Measure Yourself
NISE Network product

"Exploring Size - Measure Yourself" is a hands-on activity in which visitors mark their height on a height chart and discover how tall they are in nanometers. They learn that although being a billion nanometers tall sounds impressive, it doesn't mean they're super tall: it means a nanometer is super small. Visitors can also measure their hands in nanometers. "Explore Science - Zoom info Nano Height Chart" and "Explore Science - Zoom info Nano version Measure Your Hand" (2016) versions designed for groups and community outreach.



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.

Owning institution

The Science Museum of Minnesota

Development Process

NISE Network products are developed through an iterative collaborative process that includes scientific review, peer review, and visitor evaluation in accordance with an inclusive audiences approach. Products are designed to be easily edited and adapted for different audiences under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike license. To learn more, visit our Development Process page.