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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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Mary Shelly, her monster, and visitors using the battery stack activity

Battery Stack

In this activity, learners investigate how to make a voltaic pile, the first kind of battery.
Young learner experimenting with washers to build a battery

Build a Battery

In this activity, learners learn build their own batteries with metal and felt washers.
Facilitator and learner look at a meteorite sample

Exploring the Solar System: Asteroid Mining

In this activity, learners imagine the challenges and opportunities of asteroid mining by drawing their own asteroid mining machines.
cards showing human attributes and robot jobs

What Makes Us Human

Explore what it means to be human and how humanlike machines might become.
Person looking at a thick test tube filled with static charged styrofoam beads

Exploring Forces - Static Electricity

In this activity, learners discover that electrostatic forces cause smaller balls to be suspended in a tube while larger ones fall to the bottom.
Illustration of an alarm clock

Scientist Speed Dating

In this activity, learners and scientists are encouraged to speak with one another, ask questions, and explore specific areas of nanotechnology research and practices through a fun group exercise.
Hands holding glass objects on a string in a beaker of liquid

Exploring Nano & Society - Invisibility Cloak

In this activity, learners explore how refraction can be used to make a glass stir rod "disappear" in a cup of baby oil, while having conversations about new technologies.
two learners stretch across a large mat that have various icons related to nanotechnology

Exploring Size - StretchAbility

In this activity, learners use a "hands and feet-on" game that explores the different sizes of things in the world.
Surface Area activity components including signs, activity materials and guides.

Exploring Properties - Surface Area

In this activity, learners compare the reaction rate of an effervescent antacid tablet that is broken in half with one that is broken into many pieces.
NanoDays Nano Food activity components including sign, guides, and activity materials.

Exploring Products - Nano Food

In this activity, learners explore how nanotechnology may be used in food products.