2011 Binder Contents
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Pre-NANOweek Activities

NANOweek Tool Box

  • Mystery Box

    A specially designed box (3x6x6-inches) contains objects placed inside, and theunseen object is felt by placing one’s hand through a curtain opening. This exercise allowsstudents to see the surface by sensing the surface through touch. Several objects are morechallenging than others, and the group’s results are pooled and discussed. (15 minutes)

  • Braille Game

    Braille cells with letters are “felt” to “see” the surface and identify the raisedbumps as letters. The cells are made from card board box cut into rectangles and raised bumpsare made by poking an impression on one side to the rectangles. (15 minutes)

  • Scale Game

    Use the entire length of the board and mark off divisions in powers of ten. Use tape to attach pictures of a few familiar objects of various sizes to serve as a scale guide; an atom, the earth, a human. Next, pass out pictures (1-2 for each student), and have each one tape where the picture would fit on the number line as a function of length. Some examples of the pictures to be placed on the number line are the Sun, Jupiter, a star, a cell, and a molecule. Included a second round of the game to show how mass (related to volume) compares withlength. (30 minutes)
  • Scale Game Key

  • Building a Telescope

  • Ping Pong AFM

  • Using a 5x5 grid made from card board mailing tubes, and a wooden stylus, each student will “probe” the surface hidden inside each of the 25 individual tubes, and then model of the surface using Legos, followed by an EXCEL graphing exercise. (25-40 minutes)

  • Guess the Gunk

    SEM images of some familiar household items, along with some interesting
    nanomaterials are used to peak students interests about what samples can be used in the SEM.
    The SEM Images are projected as PowerPoint slides, and the students guess the objects in the
    image. The teacher provides clues to narrow future guesses until the object is correctly
    identified. (20 minutes)

  • Tool Box overview


Student Activity
  • Building Telescope

Introduction to Optics

Difference between a Telescope and Microscope


Introduction to SEM


  • Introduction to the AFM, one sheet summary (two examples)

  • Procedure for scanning

  • Reference materials from Nanosurf regarding the AFM operation and equipment

  • Student Activity, AFM simulation with Ping Pong Balls as atoms

  • Science Education helpers

  • Helpful Websites

Lieberman and Kim
DNA origami movie

Nanoscience Instruments

The University of Virginia Virtual Labortory

Richard P. Feynman; “There’s Plenty of Room at the Bottom” http://www.zyvex.com/nanotech/feynman.html
Nanosurf Easyscan 2 AFM

Paul Rothemund, DNA origami

Nanohub at Purdue University


Introduction to STM