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NISE Grant Report. South Florida Science Museum. Our Project. Who we reached – 50 Palm Beach County at-risk students from Title 1 schools, grades 3-5 Provided an outreach program – Chemical Concoctions

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nise grant report

NISE Grant Report

South Florida Science Museum

our project
Our Project
  • Who we reached – 50 Palm Beach County at-risk students from Title 1 schools, grades 3-5
  • Provided an outreach program – Chemical Concoctions
  • Bused the students to the museum to explore our temporary exhibit “It’s a Nano-World” and experience another educational program – Nitromania
  • Main purpose – introduce nano-content in an engaging way
integrating nano content
Integrating Nano-Content

Chemical Concoctions:

  • Understand the differences between the states of matter on an atomic level
  • Emphasize that to work on a nano-scale with atoms and molecules, scientists would have to work on things that they can’t even see!
  • Make their own polymer ‘flubber’ – borax, water, glue
  • Discuss material engineering & importance of nanotechnology in creating new products
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Integrating Nano-Content


  • Explore physical properties of water and nitrogen
  • Matter changes states right in front of their eyes as they learn the atomic and molecular behavior behind the phenomena
  • We can work on the nano-scale to improve material strength, change physical and electrical properties, and make things like superfast computer chips, water-repellent fabrics, and really good ice cream.
  • Make liquid nitrogen ice cream!
    • LN2 freezes ice cream so fast that the ice crystals that form are super small – down to the nano scale.
    • These super tiny crystals make the ice cream very smooth. 
it s a nano world
‘It’s a Nano-World’
  • Students enjoyed free exploration of the exhibit!
    • Blood drop ball pit – balls inside represented red and white blood cells
    • Measure how many nanometers tall you are
    • View highly magnified photos and guessed what they were
    • Look through microscopes and magnifiers to view shells, clothing, hair, skin.
  • Students were given a pre and post test on the material covered in both classes
  • Average pre-test score – 50%
  • Average post-test score- 80%
  • 83% of students showed improvement in content knowledge