The NanoEd Resource Portal, a “dynamic repository for information dissemination, research and collaborations among the community of nanoscale science and engineering education (NSEE) learners, teachers and researchers,” provides this introductory nanoscience activity. The “Size Matters” activity is centered on size, scale, and some of the “unusual properties of the nanoscale.” The activity is comprised of 5 lessons including: “Introduction,” “Size and Scale,” “Unique Properties at the Nanoscale,” “Tools of the Nanosciences,” and “Applications of Nanoscience.” Each lesson is designed to fit into a 50-minute class period, but they can also be condensed using the one-day version also provided on the site. Both teacher materials and student materials are included in this activity. You can download the entire activity in a PDF file or zip archive files. This is an excellent resource to provide your students with hands-on learning, and can be easily adapted to fit the needs of your classroom.


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  • Science > Technology
  • Science > Physics

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