Nanotechnology Activities


Below are the big ideas of nanoscale science and nanotechnology.

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Each big idea below is a portal to a plethora of classroom nanotechnology activities that have a clear connection to nanoscale science and the California Science Education Standards.


Size and Scale

Size-Dependent Properties


Structures of Matter



Forces and Interactions






Tools and Instrumentation



Models and Simulations



Nano and Society



Quantum Mechanics





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