The World's Smallest Robots: Rise of the Nanomachines

Think robots are big, clunky heaps of metal? Not anymore! Introduce your class to a whole new breed of robots through a video from the American Chemical Society's Reactions playlist. The resource shows what these tiny machines are made of, what they can do, and how they are already helping solve problems for mankind.

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CCSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • The video makes a fun addition to any emerging technology lesson
  • Assign further research into the uses of nanomachines in medicine
Classroom Considerations
  • Consider providing some background information about the materials the robots are made from to help pupils understand the chemistry involved
  • The resource shows several types of nanomachines using different microscopy techniques
  • Animated sequences illustrate how some of the robots function similarly to human muscle cells
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