June 26, 2011
June 26, 2011
June 29, 2011
K-12 & Pre-College Engineering
22.671.1 - 22.671.10
Exchange – The NNIN Outreach Demonstration Guide: A set ofnanotechnology demonstrations for upper elementary through high school.The National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network is an integrated geographically-diversepartnership of 14 university-based laboratories supported by the National Science Foundation.Part of our mission is to provide education and outreach to a wide audience through a variety ofmethods. Our goal is to develop a nano-literate population which is ready for this newtechnology as consumers and as part of the workforce. Over the past several years, we havedeveloped a set of demonstrations and hands-on activities that we use with school groups, openhouses, and community programs. These materials come from a variety of sources including theNNIN and other nano-education groups. We have compiled a set of 15 of these demonstrationsinto the NNIN Outreach Demonstration Guide (http://www.nnin.org/nnin_k12teachers.html).The activities typically come from larger educational lessons designed for secondary sciencestudents. However, with large groups attending short duration events we wanted to use theexcitement of these lessons in a demonstration or hands-on activity. Thus, we compiled ourfavorites into the Guide which span the breadth of nanoscale research and engineering, are easyto do, and require low-cost materials. The Guide provides helpful hints on doing thesedemonstrations and resources on the full lessons. These activities can be performed in a varietyof settings including the K-12 classroom and can often be tied to science curriculum. We willpresent 2-3 activities from the NNIN Demonstration Guide which includes: hydrophobicproperties, smart memory alloys, ferrofluids, size and scale, nanoproducts, liquid crystals, bunnysuits, forces at the nanoscale, self assembly, encapsulation, edible chips, surface effects,allotropes of carbon, tools of nano, and thin films. A copy of the Guide will be available forthose who wish to see the full document.
Healy, N., & Allen, J. P. (2011, June), Exchange: The NNIN Outreach Demonstration Guide: A Set of Nanotechnology Demonstrations for Upper Elementary Through High School Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. https://peer.asee.org/17952
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