The activity, "Cutting It Down to Nano," is adapted from the education team at MRSEC (Materials Research Science and Engineering Center) at the University of Wisconsin.
The challenge of the activity is to determine the number of times you need to cut the strip of paper in half in order to make it between 0 and 10 nanometers long. See the following Web site for more information about the activity: mrsec.wisc.edu/Edetc/IPSE/ educators/activities/supplements/cuttingNano-Handout.pdf.
• For more activities to do from MRSEC, go to Web site: http:// mrsec.wisc.edu/Edetc/IPSE/educators/cuttingNano.html
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What Is Nanotechnology? An engineer from University of Wisconsin-Madison, Wendy Crone is on a mission. She and her interns are creating user-friendly exhibits to teach the public about the nanoworld. http://www.sciencedaily.com/videos/ 2006-06-11/
Work Force Preparation. Are We Prepared to Get into the Nanotechnology Workforce? Professor Wendy Crone. Conversations in Science. Madison Metropolitan School District. UW-Madison Interdisciplinary Education Group. http://mrsec.wisc. edu/Edetc/cineplex/MMSD/prepared.html
When Things Get Small. Google Video. Describes how small is a nanometer? The film shows how scientists layer atoms to form nanodots. http://video.google.com/ videoplay?docid=-215729295613330853
Careers in Nanotechnology Information Video. Penn State University. http://www. cneu.psu.edu/nePublications.html
The Foresight Institute: Nonprofit institute focused on nanotechnology, the coming ability to build materials and products with atomic precision, and systems to aid knowledge exchange and critical discussion, thus improving public and private policy decisions. http://www.foresight.org/
National Nanotechnology Initiative: The National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) is a federal R&D program established to coordinate the multiagency efforts in nanoscale science, engineering, and technology. http://www.nano.gov/
Scientific American: Nanotechnology articles, some free and some archived, http://www.sciam.com/nanotech/
SOMETHING TO DO
Make a nanoruler to measure objects at the nanoscale. Go to the Lawrence Hall of Science site for the instructions, http://www.nanozone.org/nanoruler_print.htm
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