Resources on Nanotechnology Education for Kids




Programs


Rice University NanoKids

The NanoKids program is an educational program headed by a Rice University professor.  The Web site includes a story with NanoKids as the main characters.  It also includes fun activities for teachers to use in teaching nanotechnology. www.nanokids.rice.edu

Onamivores

“Onamivores is an educational program for children in grades K-12.  There are twelve different programs that each take place somewhere in Oregon.  This is more like a camp than an educational program. www.onami.us/onamivores


Web Sites


Nanozone

This is a great Web site for teachers to use in educating children about nanotechnology.  The Web site has a link for teacher resources that includes pre-visit and post-visit activities and worksheets. The Web site also includes videos, puzzles and games.

www.nanozone.org

NASA’s Web site

NASA’s Web site features a page that explores the idea of nanotechnology.  The Web site includes a gallery of images, diagrams, Power Point presentations and videos. This could possibly be used for middle school students, but definitely for high school students.  

www.ipt.arc.nasa.gov/nanotechnology.html


You Tube
Excellent
UC Berekely Excellent
Nanobots
Nanomedicine
Richard Feyman

USDA - www.csrees.usda.gov/newsroom/partners/21/nanotechnology.html

Exploring the Nanoworld
National Cancer Institute
Nanomission

Videos


"Nanotechnology For Students"
Jim Mason stars as Nano-Man and tells us what nanotechnology means and how it is used. http://www.oknano.com/video/NanotechnologyforStudents.wmv

“When Things Get Small”
This is a 27-minute video covering many important nanotechnology concepts in a humorous and entertaining way. www.ucsd.tv/getsmall

 

“The NANO Revolution”

Educators may request a free DVD copy of this introductory video about nanotechnology aimed at middle and high school students. www.mrsec.virginia.edu

 

“Nanotechnology: What is it?”

This short 1-minute video has a young boy and girl who quickly introduce the concept of nanotechnology. http://youtube.com/watch?v=2iSE6XlFXhA


"The Twinkie Guide to Nanotechnology"
The Twinkie Guide to Nanotechnology is an entertaining new video featuring scientist Andrew Maynard which mixes the iconic American snack cake with humor to unlock the mysteries of nanotechnology.

Printable Materials

"Big Things from a Tiny World"
12 page booklet from the National Nanotechnology Initiative
Click here to view publication

Games


“Nanoquest”

A free, downloadable game where the player is shrunk to so small that they find themselves in a “nanoworld.”, this game is aimed at getting 13- to 15-year-old children interested in nanotechnology. www.nanoquest.ie

 
“NanoMission”

This educational online game educates students on the basics of nanotechnology. You must register before you are allowed to download the game. www.nanomission.org


Lessons for Teachers


“What is Smaller than a Pygmy Shrew?”

This lesson plan is from the University of Wisconsin and designed to help middle school students better understand the atomic world and the size, scale and structure of objects in it.  www.mrsec.wisc.edu

 

“Ferrofluid: Nanomedicine”

Middle school students will work together to explore different methods of drug delivery, specifically focusing on the possibilities of how cancer could be treated in the future.  www.mrsec.wisc.edu/Edetc/IPSE/educators

 

“Giant Magnetoresistance”

Students will participate in a hands-on activity where the concepts of nanotechnology and GMR will be introduced.  This program is tailored for middle school students. www.mrsec.wisc.edu/Edetc/IPSE/educators

 

“Nanoarchitecture: Forms of Carbon”

This is a two-day activity where students will discover how the properties of materials change when atoms are connected in different ways. This program is also aimed at middle school students. www.mrsec.wisc.edu/Edetc/IPSE/educators

 

“Nano-Tex: Testing New Nano Fabrics”

This activity deals with the science of nanotechnology and how it is being used in the creation of staim-resistant Nano-Tex fabrics. This program is tailored for middle school students. www.mrsec.wisc.edu/Edetc/IPSE/educators

UCSB Nanotechnology Activity Worksheets

Nanosense

PDF Nanoscience

FerroFluids
FerroFluids Activity

About Nanotechnology

NanoFacts

 

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