What's in Your Neighborhood? (K-12 curriculum lesson)

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This activity gives students a sense of size and scale using their classroom and their neighborhood as a frame of reference. The activity focuses on measuring length, for this is the most common feature when presenting nanoscale structures or nanoscale science. Understanding size and scale is fundamental to learning about nanotechnology as size defines the nanoscale. It can be introduced into K–12 curriculum by discussing scientific measurement.


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Nanometer-sized things are very small, and often behave differently than larger things do.


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National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network (NNIN) funded by the National Science Foundation

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National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network (NNIN); © 2011 Marilyn Garza and the University of California, Santa Barbara


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