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Graphene Demonstration

 

This demonstration is a product of Nanodays and NISE Network (Nisenet.org). Included in your kit is a guide with directions and information on how nanotechnology is involved.

 

In this demonstration you will be exploring the thinnest material that exists!
First take the tweezers provided and grab a single flake of graphite.
Take the flake and set it on a piece of tape. It is best to fold both ends of the tape to have something to hold.
Take the tape and fold it in half over the graphite and peel it apart. Do this several more times.

Stick your piece of tape on the provided white card. What do you notice?

 

Now use the pencil to color in the box on your card. Be sure to fill it completely.

 

Attach the two alligator clips to the prongs and then touch the other ends to either side of the layer of graphite you drew in.

Notice how the light bulb lights up!

 

What's going on? Check the guide here.

Graphene

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This demonstration meets the following California Science Standards:

Investigation and Experimentation

  • K–4: Scientific progress is made by asking meaningful questions
  • 5–8: Ability to conduct scientific inquiry
  • 9–12: Investigate a science-based societal issue

 

 

Technical and educational staff services are possible through the generosity of the National Science Foundation through support via the NNIN.