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What’s So Big About Nanotechnology? Activity-Stations Kit

By: The Flinn Staff

Item #: AP7395 

Price: $63.37

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With the What’s So Big About Nanotechnology? Activity-Stations Kit, students explore some fascinating developments in the rapidly growing field of nanotechnology. Four mini-lab activities allow students to rotate through the stations.

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From nanofabric to nanobots, nanotechnology has created so much “buzz” that it’s hard to tell where the science ends and the science fiction begins. In this activity-stations lab, students explore some of the fascinating developments in the rapidly growing field of nanotechnology. Simply set up the four mini-lab activities around the classroom and allow students to rotate through the stations in any order. Student activities include:
  • Placing objects in order of relative size from the astronomical to the atomic level.
  • Exploring the properties of a magnetic fluid.
  • Simulating a method of using nanoparticles to deliver medicine to targeted cells.
  • Investigating water-repellent sand.

The activity-stations format allows more labs to be completed in less time, with each activity designed to take 10 minutes to complete. This versatile kit fits into many areas of the science curriculum with applications in measurement, physical and chemical properties, the health and biomedical fields, consumer science and STEM education. Includes Teacher Notes with sample data, extensive background information, reproducible student handouts and all necessary supplies.

Complete for 24 students working in groups of three.


Materials Included in Kit: 
Calcium chloride solution, 0.3 M, 250 mL
Commercial ferrofluid, 15 mL
Iodine, tincture, 30 mL
Iron filings, non-rusting, 10 g
Mystic sand, 50 g
Sand, 100 g
Sodium alginate, 4 g
Starch solution, 30 mL, 0.5%
Cocktail picks, plastic, 8
Dishes, weighing, 1.5 g, 3.5" x 3.5" x 1", 4
Forceps, polypropylene, 5½", 2
How big? how small? object cards, 1 sheet
Neodymium magnet, ½" x ⅛", 2
Petri dish, 50 mm x 15 mm, 4
Pipet, Beral-type, thin stem, 7
Pipet, Beral-type, x-large bulb, 4
Reaction plate, 6 well, 2
Teaspoons, plastic, 4
Weighing dish, 5.5 g, 5½" x 5½", 2
Zipper bag, 3" x 4", 4

Correlation to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

Science & Engineering Practices

Asking questions and defining problems
Developing and using models
Planning and carrying out investigations
Analyzing and interpreting data
Constructing explanations and designing solutions
Obtaining, evaluation, and communicating information

Disciplinary Core Ideas

MS-PS1.A: Structure and Properties of Matter
MS-PS2.B: Types of Interactions
MS-ETS1.A: Defining and Delimiting Engineering Problems
HS-PS2.B: Types of Interactions
HS-PS1.A: Structure and Properties of Matter

Crosscutting Concepts

Cause and effect
Systems and system models
Structure and function
Stability and change

Performance Expectations

MS-PS4-2: Develop and use a model to describe that waves are reflected, absorbed, or transmitted through various materials.