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Hydrogel Demonstration


This demonstration is a product of Nanodays and Nise Network ( Including in your demonstration kit is a guide with directions and information on how nanotechnology is involved.





In this demonstration you will be exploring polymers.



Use the spoon to scoop out a pinch of the white powder provided.



Place the powder into the plastic cup.


Now pour a small amount of water into the cup.


Use the stirring stick to mix the water into the powder.


Observe the difference.

What's going on? Check the guide here.


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This demonstration meets the following California Science Standards:

Physical Science

  • K–4: Properties of materials can be observed, measured, and predicted
  • 5–8: Structure and properties of matter
  • 9–12: Atomic and molecular structure

Investigation and Experimentation

  • K–4: Scientific progress is made by asking meaningful questions
  • 5–8: Classifying objects
  • 5–8: Ability to conduct scientific inquiry
  • 9–12: Formulate explanations by using logic and evidence

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