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Short Activities

Short activities are brief hands-on experiences lasting less than 15 minutes for small groups of people. They are often presented at a table, cart, or demonstration space in a variety of settings such as a museum exhibit gallery, classroom, or other public or group setting. Multiple short activities can be combined to form a longer activity.

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Mitten Challenge  activity components including signs, activity materials and guides.

Exploring Tools - Mitten Challenge

In this activity, learners build a Lego® structure while wearing mittens and discover how difficult it is to build small things when your tools are too big.
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Child using puzzle blocks to make images in Build a Giant Puzzle Block NanoDays activity

Build a Giant Puzzle!

In this activity, learners assemble blocks to make images and discover how different objects are connected to nanotechnology.
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Battery and electroplating activity components with alligator clips

Exploring Fabrication - Electroplating

In this activity, learners coat a nickel coin with nanometer-thin layers of copper using the electroplating process.
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Inkjet Printer

In this activity, learners explore how liquids behave differently at the small scale by examining how inkjet printers produce tiny, precise drops of ink.
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Small science big deal table sign

Nanotechnology: Small Science, Big Deal!

This longer activity combines multiple NanoDays activities with a companion side presentation about nanotechnology.
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Parent holding card to simulate child dressed as a nonscientist in Dress up like a Nanoscientist NanoDays activity

Exploring Tools - Dress Up Like a Nanoscientist

In this activity, learners see what they would look like in a cleanroom suit and consider all the special gear that nanoscientists need to work in a very clean place.
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NISE Net calendar art

Calendar of Seasonal Events and Holidays - STEM Throughout the Year!

In this web page, learners are encouraged to seek out STEM activities and subjects throughout the year.
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Monster Mask completed mask with smiling visitor

Monster Mask

In this activity, learners create a mask with a special feature: an LED bulb that lights up.
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Molecules in Motion

Molecules in Motion

In this activity, learners experiment with putting various objects in a small vacuum chamber and explore how the materials behave and change when the air in the chamber is removed.
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Nebula Spin Art

Exploring the Universe: Nebula Spin Art

In this activity, learners create their own colorful model nebula using paint and a spinner.
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