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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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Image of various crafting materials for the Watch and Create activity

Watch and Create! Creativity For Sustainability

In this activity, learners work together to explore their relationship with technology and examine ways to make sustainable media consumption choices.
Three girls playing on the Nano Stretch-Ability mat

Macro, Micro and Nano Stretch-Ability

In this activity, learners use a fun, hands AND feet on game to explore objects on several different scales.
Faciltator showing physical models of carbon to a visitor at a NanoDays event

Forms of Carbon

In this activity, learners interact with models of four different forms of carbon to explore how the nanoscale arrangement of atoms dramatically impacts a material’s macroscale behavior.
Learner holding the origami-folded game in their hands

Nano Future Tellers

In this activity, learners play an origami-folded, interactive pocket game to explore future nano products.
Two young learners and facilitator push down on a red magnet being repelled by a magnetic black base

Exploring Products - Computer Hard Drives

In this activity, learners use floating ring magnets to store data and model how computer hard drives works.
Child holding squares of red stained glass colored by nano gold

Exploring Materials - Nano Gold

In this activity, learners discover that nanoparticles of gold can appear red, orange or even blue.
Learner plays the memory game with all cards hidden

Macro, Micro and Nano Memory card game

In this activity, learners play a memory game to explore the macroscale, microscale and nanoscale through representative objects.
learners and facilitator extract sample with pipette

Building with Biology: See DNA

In this activity focused on synthetic biology, learners extract visible DNA from wheat germ and create necklaces to display their own sample of wheat germ DNA.
Learners use a model Earth and Moon to mimic an eclipse in a grassy field

Exploring the Solar System: Solar Eclipse

In this activity, learners investigate the positions of the Sun, Earth, and Moon to create shadows and learn about solar eclipses.
A learner gives commands to another learner who is blindfolded and is navigating a obstacle course.

Exploring the Solar System: Mars Rovers

In this activity, learners must work together to navigate a large obstacle course, similar to how scientists and engineers communicate with rovers to explore distant worlds.