Try Your Hand at Nano

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Fascinating reading about nanotechnology, nanoscale properties, and liquid crystals precedes a fun activity for young engineers. They measure their hands in nanometers, research, and then investigate how heat effects a sheet containing liquid crystals. These sheets are similar to the material in mood rings, so consider having a few on hand to demonstrate!

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Designed
Pros

  • Engaging activity due to the use of easily obtainable color-changing liquid crystal sheets
  • A way to introduce elementary STEM classes to nanotechnology
  • Well-organized lesson plan that includes reading material and a worksheet for follow up
  • Meets Next Generation Science Standards and is adaptable to Common Core State Standards
Cons

  • None