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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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Systems Scramble

In this activity, learners will have conversations about how systems work, and how we can work together to better understand systems and work toward creating a more sustainable future.
Lit up dough creature holding flower with squishy circuit battery pack and wires

Dough Creature

In this activity, learners experiment with conductive dough to make a creature and use it to create an electrical circuit.
Group of learners examine color diffusion on various papers

Chemistry is Colorful

In this activity, learners try to solve the mystery of which ink came from what marker by using colorful paper chromatography.
Family of four reads a game card for the 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.
Attendees at January 2024 Arizona State University Winter School using Changing Brains activities

Neuro Futures Card Game

Prioritize cards with new neurotechnologies according to your own values and the values of others.
A girl playing the Exploring Size - Memory Game

Exploring Size - Memory Game

In this activity, learners play a card game exploring the different size scales - macro, micro and nano - objects within these different scales and the way these objects are measured.
Children looking at Gecko with magnifying glass

Biomimicry: From Nature to Nanotech

In this long activity, learners will engage in activities showing various natural phenomena that scientists and engineers have emulated to address human problems.
Components in NanoDays sunblock activity including sunscreen and black paper.

Invisible Sunblock

In this activity, learners compare nano and non-nano sunblock products to discover the effect of particle size on visibility.
Learner cuts a paper ruler in half

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.