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Group of children and adults using dry ice to make bubbles in Explore Science Let's Do Chemistry Sublimation Bubbles activity

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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Close up photo of a snowflake crystal under a microscope

Exploring Fabrication - Self-Assembly

In this activity, learners will play several full-body interactive games to model the process of self-assembly in nature and nanotechnology.
Facilitator with Sizing Things Down card game

Sizing Things Down card game

In this activity, learners compete against each other (or the activity facilitator) to organize their hand of cards into lists of objects from largest to smallest.
hand spooning white powder material into cup in Exploring Materials - Hydrogel NanoDays activity

Exploring Materials - Hydrogel

In this activity, learners discover how a super absorbing material can be used to move a small object.
Visitors line up by size in Get in Order - large size powers of 10 cards featuring a pea plant card

Exploring Size - Powers of Ten Game

In this activity, learners compete to organize their hand of cards into lists of objects from largest to smallest.
Exploring Products - Nano Fabrics acitivty components including signs, guides, and mini pants coated with nano materials

Exploring Products - Nano Fabrics

In this activity, learners investigate the hydrophobic properties of pants made from nano fabric and ordinary fabric.
Image of the green Small Feel Nano magnet sheets

Exploring Tools - Special Microscopes

In this activity, learners use a flexible magnet as a model for a scanning probe microscope.
Facilitators and learners building a VirEx delivery container with crafting supplies

Building with Biology: VirEx Delivery

In this activity, learners explore the potential for engineered viruses to deliver beneficial, targeted genetic information to sites throughout the body.
A learner and facilitator place a heavy ball in the middle of a fabric stretched well

Exploring the Universe: Orbiting Objects

In this activity, learners experiment with different sized and weighted balls on a stretchy fabric gravity well.
A family looks at an image through a blue filter

Exploring the Universe: Filtered Light

In this activity, learners discover how colored filters can help reveal more about an image and we can use light and filters to learn more about an object.
Learners pull on elastic bands to simulate the stretching of the universe

Exploring the Universe: Expanding Universe

In this activity, learners pull at the edges of a stretchy model universe and see that the space between objects in the universe is expanding.