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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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two educators playing space guess quest

Exploring the Universe: Space Guess Quest Game

In this activity, learners play a yes-or-no question guessing game that identifies the many types of objects in space, from human-made spacecraft to nebulas, galaxies, stars, and worlds.
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Facilitator and Learner use a block with a rover image to transport astronauts

Exploring the Solar System: Story Blocks

Every space mission has a story. In this activity, learners use blocks to tell a creative story about planning a space mission to explore the Moon together.
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Children's hands exploring electrical conductivity with wires using cloth printed with graphene ink showing carbon structure model

Exploring Materials - Graphene

In this activity, learners will use tape and graphite to make graphene and test the conductivity of graphite.
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model of a blue fish with a metallic ring around its waist

Big Fish, Little Fish

In this activity, learners investigate biomagnification through a short visual demonstration followed by an interactive game.
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Liquid crystal display activity components including signs, guides, craft materials, safety gear, and liquid crystal material

Exploring Products - Liquid Crystal Displays

In this activity, learners investigate temperature-sensitive liquid crystal sheets and liquid crystal displays from a calculator.
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Learners holding image drawings of robots

Robots & People

In this activity, learners imagine and draw a robot for a particular task after a quick presentation on robots and nanobots.
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hand reaching inside box in Exploring Tools - Mystery Shapes NanoDays activity

Exploring Tools - Mystery Shapes

In this activity, learners use their sense of touch to investigate hidden objects.
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Two learners and one facilitator look at gold nanoparticles suspended in a solution which makes a red color

Exploring Materials - Stained-Glass Windows

In this activity, learners use contact paper and colored tissue paper to create a "nanoparticle stained-glass" window.
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Creative Reinvention

Creative Reinvention

In this activity, learners are asked to guess what recycled materials were used to make various products, and challenge them to think of creative ways to reuse the waste materials in their homes.
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Illustration showing the path of the 2017 solar eclipse across the United States

Eclipse Pinhole Postcard

This two-sided postcard features a map of the US and what percentage of the eclipse you'd see at different locations on one side and how to view a solar eclipse safely on the other side.
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