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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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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.
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Young girl stacks large blocks with images on them

Build a Giant Puzzle!

In this activity, learners assemble blocks to make images and discover how different objects are connected to nanotechnology.
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Hands holding wires connected to a battery over container of liquid in Exploring Fabrication - Electroplating activity.

Exploring Fabrication - Electroplating

In this activity, learners coat a nickel coin with nanometer-thin layers of copper using the electroplating process.
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Facilitator demonstrates how an inkjet printer works

Inkjet Printer

In this activity, learners explore how liquids behave differently at the small scale by examining how inkjet printers produce tiny, precise drops of ink.
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Nanotechnology: Small Science, Big Deal!

This longer activity combines multiple NanoDays activities with a companion side presentation about nanotechnology.
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Two learners and a facilitator wear white head to toe coverall cleanroom suits with gloves and safety goggles

Exploring Tools - Dress Up Like a Nanoscientist

In this activity, learners see what they would look like in a cleanroom suit and consider all the special gear that nanoscientists need to work in a very clean place.
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NISE Net calendar art

Calendar of Seasonal Events and Holidays - STEM Throughout the Year!

Educators can find ideas for incorporating STEM content into holidays, seasons, annual events, and special events throughout the year.
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Monster Mask completed mask with smiling visitor

Monster Mask

In this activity, learners create a mask with a special feature: an LED bulb that lights up.
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Two learners and a caregiver smile as they observe a small toy in a vacuum chamber

Molecules in Motion

In this activity, learners experiment with putting various objects in a small vacuum chamber and explore how the materials behave and change when the air in the chamber is removed.
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learners assemble their space craft models

Exploring the Solar System: Design, Build, Test activity

In this activity, learners will imagine, draw, and build their own simple model spacecraft. Then they will place the model through a series of tests.
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