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LIVE INTERACTIVE LEARNING @ YOUR DESKTOP. NSDL/NSTA Web Seminar: Knowing Nano: New Video, Web, and Print from DragonflyTV. Wednesday, November 11, 2009 . Resources from this web seminar are listed at:

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NSDL/NSTA Web Seminar: Knowing Nano: New Video, Web, and Print from DragonflyTV

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Resources from this web seminar are listed at:

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Today’s NSDL Expert

Lisa Regalla,

Science Editor, DragonflyTV

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Overview of Presentation

  • Nano 101

  • Approaches to teaching nano

  • Resources from DragonflyTV: Real Kids, Real Science

  • Additional resources sprinkled throughout!

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The Nano Revolution is Born

Richard Feynman1959

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Poll Question:

The prefix nano means…

  • One thousandth

  • One millionth

  • One billionth

  • One trillionth

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~1.5 m



~100 µm

~100,000 nm

~100 nm

~1 cm

~7 µm

~7000 nm

~0.2 nm

~2 nm

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Nanotechnology:control of matter on a scale of approximately 1 - 100 nanometersatom by atom…molecule by molecule…

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Don Eigler

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Nano in Nature

Asylum Research

Prof. Kellar Autumn, Lewis & Clark College

Stanford Nano-characterization Laboratory

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Nanoscientists are working on all of the following EXCEPT:Stamp your answer.

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In Development…

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The Big Ideas of Nanoscience

Stevens, S., Sutherland, L., Schank, P., Krajcik, F. (Feb. 2007)

  • Size and scale

  • Structure of Matter

  • Size dependent properties

  • Dominant forces

  • Self assembly

  • Tools

  • Models

  • Technology and Society

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nanoed.orgNational Center for Learning and Teaching at Northwestern University

- Field test Nanooze (elementary) and much much more!

- Lessons for middle and high school (some developed by Research Experience for Teachers (RET) Program)

Other Great Resources

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6 Episodes on Nanotechnology

- Short, inquiry-based videos cover the big ideas

- Activities you can do with your students

- Features scientists and scientific tools used in nanoscience

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  • Educator’s Guide

  • 7 Steps of Inquiry

  • Ice Breaker Activity

  • Inquiry Investigation

  • Aligned to National Science and Math Standards

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Based on evaluation results, which television program format(s) do you think were most effective in communicating concepts? Stamp your answer(s) in the boxes

Evaluated by Barbara Flagg, Multimedia Research

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Show 1: Size and Scale

Where’s Nano?

What examples of nanoscale science and technology can we find in our everyday lives?

What’s Nano?

How big is one billion and how small is one nanometer?

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Consumer Products

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Which round object is about one billionth of the earth’s diameter?



Roman Coliseum


Poll Question:

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Show 2: Structure of Matter

Butterfly Wings

Why do some butterflies change color when you look at them from different angles?

Hockey Sticks

How do carbon nanotube hockey sticks compare to wood and composite sticks?

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- videos, lesson plans and more!

- all audiences, intermediate,

advanced ”Take it, hack it” catalog

- classroom activities

- cart demonstrations

- facilitated activity

Other Great ResourcesInformal

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Some old stained glass gets its color from nanoparticles of what? Stamp your answer(s)

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Show 3: Small is Different

Surface Area

How does surface area affect how things react?

Stained Glass

How can gold look red and silver look yellow?

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Show 4: Forces at the Nanoscale

Gecko Feet

Which lizards are the best climbers?

Nasturtium Leaves

Why does water bead up on some leaves and not others?

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- “Investigation Static Forces in Nature: The Mystery of the Gecko”

- “Nanoscale Materials and Their Properties” Aligned to standards

- Size Matters

- Clear Sunscreen

- Clean Energy

- Fine Filters

Great Resources - High School

Prof. Kellar Autumn, Lewis & Clark College

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Scientists are trying to mimic the nanostructures of lotus leaves to create self-cleaning what?Stamp your answer(s)

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Show 5: Applications

Self Assembly

How can some things assemble all by themselves?

Bone Regrowth

What’s the best nanomixture to make the strongest bone repair?

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Hopes for Future

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Show 6: Nanotechnology and Society

Water Clean-up

Can nanoiron clean up pollution in soil and prevent it from getting into drinking water?


Does any nanosilver leak out of socks when they are washed?

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What Kids Think About Nano

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What societal issues are you concerned about surrounding nanoscale science and engineering?

Write your responses in the chat

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Scientist Profiles

  • Jason Guerrero

  • Nanocar engineer

  • Rice Univ.

  • Rich Superfine

  • Cilia scientist

  • Univ. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

  • Tejal Desai

  • Bioengineer

  • Univ. of California, San Francisco

  • Lesley Hamming

  • Glue-ologist

  • Northwestern Univ.

  • Christy Haynes

  • Nano safety scientist

  • Univ. of Minnesota

  • Anil Netravali

  • Skateboard Scientist

  • Cornell Univ.

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Other Great Resources

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NSTA insert

Dec. 2008

Science Scope

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Poll Question:

Which nano-invention actually exists?

  • nanoguitar

  • nanoradio

  • nanotoilet

  • all of the above

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All of the Above!

Cornell University

SII Nanotechnology Inc.

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and U.C. Berkeley

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Lisa Regalla


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Resources from this web seminar are listed at:

Learn about new tools and resources, discuss issues related to science education, find out about ways to enhance your teaching at:

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National Science Teachers Association

Dr. Francis Q. Eberle, Executive Director

Zipporah Miller, Associate Executive Director Conferences and Programs

Al Byers, Assistant Executive Director e-Learning

NSTA Web Seminars

Paul Tingler, Director

Jeff Layman, Technical Coordinator


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