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DIY Nano app

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The DIY Nano app allows families to experience and learn about nanoscale science, engineering, and technology at home!


DIY Nano activites

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DIY Nano book

All the DIY Nano activities contained in one book available for free digital download. 
These 'Do It Yourself' Nano activities and experiments allow families to experience and learn at home. 

DIY Nano (printable PDF versions) 

Individual PDF versions of each activity included in the DIY Nano app available for free digital download.  

Egg Drop

In this activity, kids make Ooze and then test the material in an egg drop! Suitable for kids ages 5 and up.

Space Elevator Activity Sheet

This activity sheet includes images and question prompts for the DIY Nano Space Elevator activity.

Space Elevator

In this activity, kids imagine what the world might look like if we could build an elevator to space! Suitable for kids ages 5 and up.

Mystery Shapes Activity Card

This activity sheet can be printed out and used with the DIY Nano Mystery Shapes activity.

Mystery Shapes

Can you see by feeling? In this activity, kids describe an object they can't see. Suitable for kids ages 3 and up.

DIY Nano puzzle block

Puzzle Blocks

Surprising things have nano connections! In this activity, kids build puzzles, using blocks with images related to nanotechnology. Kids ages 3 and up will enjoy putting together the puzzles. Kids ages 7 and up can make the puzzle blocks themselves.

DIY Nano puzzle block print file

Puzzle Blocks Print File 

Use this print file to make your own DIY Nano puzzle blocks. Print on heavy paper, then cut them out, fold them up, and tape them together!

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Smelly Balloons

How can we detect things too small to see? In this activity, kids sniff out scents hidden in balloons! Suitable for kids ages 3 and up.

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Smelly Ballons Activity Sheet 

This optional activity sheet can be printed out and used with the DIY Nano Smelly Balloons activity.

 

DIY Nano see DNA

See DNA

How is DNA used to make tiny things? In this activity, kids extract DNA from wheat germ. Suitable for kids ages 5 and up.

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Draw a Circuit 

Can a pencil conduct electricity? In this activity, kids complete an electrical circuit with graphite (pencil “lead”). Suitable for kids ages 5 and up.

DIY Nano invisible sunblock

Invisible Sunblock

What’s in your sunblock? In this activity, kids find out why some mineral sunblock rubs in clear. Suitable for kids ages 5 and up.

 

DIY Nano rainbow film

Rainbow Film

How can you make rainbow colors out of clear nail polish? In this activity, kids use clear nail polish to create a beautiful iridescent pattern on black paper. Suitable for kids ages 3 and up.

DIY Nano mystery sand

Mystery Sand

Can sand keep itself dry? In this activity, kids play with surprising sand that doesn’t get wet! Suitable for kids ages 3 and up.

 

DIY Nano mitten challenge

Mitten Challenge

What’s the right tool for the job? In this activity, kids try to put together toy bricks—wearing oven mitts on their hands! Suitable for kids ages 3 and up.

DIY Nano Gummy shapes

Gummy Shapes

How can things build themselves? In this activity, kids use chemistry to “self- assemble” gummy shapes. Suitable for kids ages 3 and up.

DIY Nano gravity

Gravity Fail

Do small things behave differently? In this activity, kids try pouring water out of a regular cup and a miniature cup. It’s harder than it sounds! Suitable for kids ages 3 and up.

 

DIY Nano fizz

Ready, Set, Fizz!

Which fizzes faster—big pieces or little pieces? In this activity, kids explore the chemical reaction between water and effervescent antacid tablets. Suitable for kids of all ages

DIY Nano butterfly

Morphing Butterfly

Is a Blue Morpho butterfly really blue? In this activity, kids explore how nano- sized structures can create brilliant color. Suitable for kids ages 7 and up.


Videos - Introductions to Nanoscale science and Nanotechnology

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Intro to Nano video

What's the big deal about nanotechnology? It's all about being really small. Big things are coming from the tiny world of nanotechnology.

 

How small is nano video

How Small is Nano?

What is a nanometer? What things are measured in nanometers? Is a red blood cell bigger or smaller than a bacteria? This video takes you on an adventure of scale from the macrosize to the microsize to the nanosize! (2:52 minutes)

What Happens in a NanoLab?

This video introduces the scientists, tools, and equipment found in clean rooms, a special kind of lab used to do nanoscale research. (3:26 minutes)

Zoom into a Blue Morpho Butterfly

Zoom into the natural nanostructures that manipulate light on a Blue Morpho Butterfly!

Zoom into a Microchip

Zoom into the inner workings of a computer microchip!

Zoom into a Lotus Leaf

In this film "Zoom into a Lotus Leaf," see an up close look at the tiny nanostructures that give the leaf its unique behavior.

What's Nano About Water?

Nanoscale science and technology (“nano” for short) is all around us and growing rapidly. Learn how you can use nanotechnology to clean drinking water right now!

What's Nano About Toilets?

Discovery how nanotechnology found in nature may eventually be applied to make even the most mundane tasks like scrubbing toilets a thing of the past!

What'S Nano About Chocolate?

Nanoscale science and technology (“nano” for short) is all around us and growing rapidly. See how even chocolate has nano implications and how we are in fact nanosensors!

What's Nano About Bubbles?

Nanoscale science and technology (“nano” for short) is all around us and growing rapidly. Explore how nanoscale science impacts even simple, childhood pleasures like blowing bubbles.

Nano and Me - Gravity

Meet Macro and Nano. Nano is WAY smaller than Macro and has some very surprising properties! (32 seconds)

Nano and Me - Gold 

Meet Macro and Nano. Nano is WAY smaller than Macro and has some very surprising properties! (35 seconds)

Nano and Me - Aluminum 

Meet Macro and Nano. Nano is WAY smaller than Macro and has some very surprising properties! (34 seconds)

Nano and Me - Silver

Meet Macro and Nano. Nano is WAY smaller than Macro and has some very surprising properties! (42 seconds)

Nano and Me - Latex

Meet Macro and Nano. Nano is WAY smaller than Macro and has some very surprising properties! (33 seconds)

Nano and Me - Pants

Meet Macro and Nano. Nano is WAY smaller than Macro and has some very surprising properties!

A Little Bit of Sunshine

In this episode of O Wow Moments with Mr. O from the Children's Museum of Houston, Mr. O compares sunblock containing nanoparticles to ointment.

Liquid Armor

In this episode of O Wow Moments with Mr. O from the Children's Museum of Houston, learn how nanotechnology is being used to create new types of protective fabrics.

Invisibility Cloak

A short film comedically exploring the idea of invisibility cloaks and how this possible new technology may influence society.

Nobel Winning Experiment

In this episode of O Wow Moments with Mr. O from the Children's Museum of Houston, we take a look at a Nobel Prize winning experiment!

Nanocoatings

In this episode of O Wow Moments with Mr. O from the Children's Museum of Houston, we take a look at Nanocoatings!

Butterfly Blues

Mr. O talks about iridescence and Blue Morpho butterflies in another "O Wow" moment at the Children's Museum of Houston.


Getting a Sense of Smell

It turns out that we are nanosensors - our noses actually sense molecules. Explore how our sense of smell works!

I Got No Stains on Me

Examine how nanoscale science and technology are applied to create clothes that are stain resistant using nature as inspiration.

Molecular Gastronomy 

Find out how to make your own ice cream topping that requires a scientist (namely, you) to create it and how it relates to nanotechnology!

NanoNerds

Variety of fun, educational videos about nanotechnology produced by the Museum of Science, Boston

NanoDays Event Promotional Video

NanoDays promotional video invites learners of all ages to "come see what's so big about the super small!" at NanoDays events nationwide. (30 seconds)


Videos about Societal impacts

Wonders and Worries of Nanotechnology

A short 3-minute film to aid in the discussion of the societal and ethical implication of nanotechnology.

Wonders and Worries of Nanotechnology: Who Benefits

A short 3-minute film to aid in the discussion of the societal and ethical implication of nanotechnology.

Wonders and Worries of Nanotechnology: Regulation

A short 3-minute film to aid in the discussion of the societal and ethical implication of nanotechnology.

Wonders and Worries of Nanotechnology: Ask and Research

A short 3-minute film to aid in the discussion of the societal and ethical implication of nanotechnology.

Same Sides

A short film that stimulates conversation about the impact the field of nanoscale science may have on our lives. (11:41 minutes)

Let's Talk About It

A short film that stimulates conversation about the impact the field of nanoscale science may have on our lives. (9:56 minutes)

Three Angry Scientists

A 20 minute film meant to inspire conversation about weighing the risks and benefits of new technology.

Does Every Silver Lining Have a Cloud?

Duke University researchers explain the relationship between nanomaterials, in particular nano silver, and their potential impact on the ecosystem.

Changing Our Relationship with Science

This film asks scientists from to imagine the future of science and technology and the scientific enterprise as a whole.


Videos about Nanomedicine

Intro to Nanomedicine video

What is Nanomedicine? This is a narrated-and-captioned 2.5 minute video that provides a brief overview of some of the basic ideas and goals of nanomedicine.

Nanomedicine Explorer

Virtual exhibit on cancer nanomedicine. Hear stories from researchers working on the cutting edge of cancer detection and treatment. Play interactive games an learn more.

Zapping Tumors with Gold Nanoshells

The story of how physicist Naomi Halas and bioengineer Jennifer West hatched an idea that could someday lead to relief for millions of cancer patients.

Stealth Imaging with Iron Nanoparticles

The research story of Ralph Weissleder and Mukesh Harisinghani, who collaborated on a clinical trial to determine if iron-oxide nanoparticles could enhance a diagnostic image.

Battling Cancer with Nanotechnology

Mauro Ferrari, a leading pioneer in the field of cancer nanomedicine, shares his research.


Printed introductions to nanoscale science, engineering, and technology

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How Small is Nano? children's book

Step down in size to find out the answers to questions about size and learn about different types of units that are used to measure very tiny things. This children's book is available for free download, or for purchase via LuLu.com in hardcover, or LuLu.com in softcover, or  Amazon.com in softcover.

 

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Is That Robot Real? children's book

What is a robot, and how small can robots be? Learn what makes a robot a robot, then step down in size and find out which robots are real and which are science fiction. This children's book is available for free download, or for purchase via LuLu.com in hardcover, or LuLu.com in softcover, or  Amazon.com in softcover.


Audio & Podcasts

Nano exhibition Audio Description

Audio Description (AD) digital files for the Nano mini-exhibition, intended for visitors who are blind or have low vision

Small Talk podcast

SmallTalk is a 5 part podcast series chatting about nanotechnology with leading scientists, thinkers, artists, writers, and visionaries produced by the Exploratorium


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