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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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Small science big deal table sign

Nanotechnology: Small Science, Big Deal!

This longer activity combines multiple NanoDays activities with a companion side presentation about nanotechnology.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Two gallon-sized paint cans–one made out of clear plastic and the other metal– are side by side on a table. Behind them, two youths are seated at the table. Together they place a handheld, hand crank radio with a long antenna into the plastic paint can.

Radio Explorers: Radio Silence

Learners compare and contrast how a variety of materials can block radio waves.
Cards show the nanoscale images of everyday objects

What am I? Mystery Cards

In this activity, learners guess everyday objects based on their images at the nanoscale.
A purple voting station with four options asking what the size of Nano is

Vote Nano!

In this activity, learners will vote on different questions about nanotechnology with marbles in separate containers, and visualize how others have answered the same question.
facilitator and young learner use a height chart set in nanometers

Exploring Size - Measure Yourself

In this activity, learners mark their height on a height chart and discover how tall they are in nanometers.