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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.
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.
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.

Exploring Size - Tiny Ruler

In this activity, learners investigating just how small a billionth of a meter is by repeatedly cutting a paper ruler in half.
A person puts a liquid on a substrate which is on top of a DIY spin-coater.

Organic Light-Emitting Diodes (OLEDs): Cart Version

In this activity, learners explore OLEDs through presentations and a spin coater demonstration. Instructions are included for facilitators to pre-make the OLEDs and the spin coater.
NanoDays Heat Transfer activity components

Exploring Properties - Heat Transfer

In this activity, learners investigate how quickly heat is transferred through two different materials.
Child using tube in water roll SustainABLE activity

Water Roll

In this activity, learners decide how they would distribute water between homes, farms and factories by sliding marbles down a tube into various containers.
pieces of mismatched toy parts in Frankentoy activity in Frankenstein 200 kit


In this activity, learners make a “creature” by mixing and matching different parts of toys.
Adult and children sensing and discussing odors in Chemistry Makes Scents activity

Chemistry Makes Scents

In this activity, learners will use their nose to explore the differences between chemicals with similar structures and use large molecule models to visualize the structural differences.
Mission to Space board game

Exploring the Solar System: Mission to Space board game

In this activity, learners play a board game in which they represent a team of scientists and engineers sending a spacecraft on a mission to space.


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