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What is a Nanometer?

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Lesson Focus 
Lesson focuses on how to measure at the nano scale and provides students with an understanding of how small a nanometer really is."Students learn about electron microscopes, participate in hands-on activities to measure common classroom objects in the metric scale, and then convert the result to nanometers.
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Lesson Synopsis 
The "What is a Nanometer?" lesson explores how small a nanometer really is. Students work in teams and measure a range of everyday classroom items, first using metric rulers and then convert the results to the nano scale.

Age Levels:

  • Learn about nanotechnology.
  • Learn about scale.
  • Learn about engineering design.
  • Learn about teamwork and problem solving.
Anticipated Learner Outcomes 

As a result of this activity, students should develop an understanding of:

  • measurement
  • nanotechnology
  • problem solving
  • teamwork

Lesson Activities

Students learn how working at the nanoscale requires scientists and engineers to work at a much smaller scale. Students measure common classroom objects and convert the measurement to nanometers. They also learn about electron microscopes and find out about products that have been improved through the application of nanotechnology.

  • Teacher Resource Documents (attached)
  • Student Resource Sheet (attached)
  • Student Worksheets (attached)

Alignment to Curriculum Frameworks

Curriculum alignment sheet is included in PDF.

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