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Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers

The Power of Graphene

For Teachers 3rd - 12th Standards
To prepare for the activity, STEM classes read about nanotechnology and the amazing properties of graphene. They collect a graphene sample from pencils, and then connect them into simple circuits to determine whether it makes a better...
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Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers

Try Your Hand at Nano

For Teachers 3rd - 6th Standards
Fascinating reading about nanotechnology, nanoscale properties, and liquid crystals precedes a fun activity for young engineers. They measure their hands in nanometers, research, and then investigate how heat effects a sheet containing...
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Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers

Sugar Crystal Challenge

For Teachers 3rd - 9th Standards
Blow your learners' minds with a sweet lesson on nanotechnology that uses sugar to demonstrate the difference nanoscale surface area makes in dissolving and crystal formation. Plenty of supportive background information is read to...
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Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers

Nano Waterproofing

For Teachers 3rd - 12th Standards
This lesson will make an impact, especially on scientist-athletes who may have an interest in waterproof clothing! Acting as materials engineers, they work collaboratively on waterproofing pieces of cotton fabric. This challenge is...
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Baylor College

Dust Catchers

For Teachers K - 6th
In class, your emerging environmentalists construct dust catchers. They take them home for a week or two, and then bring them back into class to examine under a magnifier. From this activity, they learn what makes up dust and that...
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Lesson Plan
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers

Exploring at the Nanoscale

For Teachers 3rd - 9th Standards
Nano-nano! Nanotechnology can seem like it's from another planet! After learning about this tiny technology, collaborative groups experiment with how smaller particles affect chemical reactions. They do this by immersing a whole and a...
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Lesson Plan
University of Minnesota

Close-up of the Nervous System

For Teachers 5th - 12th
Make sure your class gets on your nerves! Learners of all ages practice peering into the nervous system to see what's inside. Groups examine prepared slides of mammalian nervous system tissues, all while gaining microscope skills. The...
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Lesson Plan
University of Minnesota

Your Incredible Memory

For Students 5th - 12th
Test the efficiency of your memory! Scholars test each other's memory as they explore factors that affect memory retrieval. Through experimental analysis, they discover there are different types of memory, which has an impact on the...
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NASA

Mineral Mystery Experiment

For Teachers 2nd - 12th
One way to study something is to try to replicate it. Young scientists do just that as they use solutions to recreate mineral structures on a dwarf planet. They make solutions with different types of salt, evaporate them, and observe the...
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PBS

Categorizing Matter | UNC-TV Science

For Students 5th - 12th
Take the difficulty out of classifying matter with an easy-to-follow activity that makes distinguishing between pure substances and mixtures simple. Scholars explore how matter is grouped between two categories—pure substances and...
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PBS

What's the Matter? | UNC-TV Science

For Students 5th - 12th
Explore what makes up the universe and demystify the complex ideas of matter and the atom. Group members watch a video with explanations, animations, and examples that discuss the characteristics and importance of matter. Scholars then...
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American Chemical Society

Aware of the Air

For Students K - 5th
It's there, even though no one can see it. Scholars create two different-sized parachutes out of shopping bags, then let them fall through the air. They should see that the larger parachute falls more slowly and interpret this to mean...
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American Chemical Society

Gas Sudsation

For Students K - 5th
Bring out some bubbly! Individuals perform the classic baking soda and vinegar experiment with a twist. Learners add a drop of dish detergent to make the bubbles last longer. They vary the amount of baking soda and vinegar in an effort...
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American Chemical Society

Fizz Bizz

For Students K - 5th
Bubbles seem to come from nowhere. Pupils investigate the formation of carbon dioxide bubbles in sodas. By placing different objects, including candies, in the soda, learners observe the formation of tiny bubbles on the surface of the...
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American Chemical Society

Condensation Station

For Students K - 5th
Where does the water come from? Pupils conduct an experiment to learn more about condensation. Scholars fill two cups with ice water and isolate one from the surrounding air. They then use a coffee filter to compare the amount of water...
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American Chemical Society

What’s the Difference between Baking Soda and Baking Powder?

For Teachers 5th
Introduce pupils to chemical reactions. Using the hands-on lesson, learners experiment with substances that combine to form a gas. Different substances react to form different amounts of gas, leading to a discussion about the particles...
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American Chemical Society

Mixing Liquids to Identify an Unknown Liquid

For Teachers 5th
Yellow and blue make green in a colorful lesson on liquid solutions. The seventh installment of a 16-part Inquiry to Action series asks pupils to mix different-colored solutions and record their observations. They then use their...
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American Chemical Society

Identifying an Unknown Liquid

For Teachers 5th
Liquids are what's the matter with the instructional activity! Learners investigate properties of different liquids as they interact with various types of paper. They then use their observations to identify a mystery liquid to finish the...
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American Chemical Society

The Water Cycle

For Teachers 5th
Bring the water cycle into the classroom without the mess. Learners build a model of the water cycle using everyday materials. They observe the process of evaporation and condensation and relate their observations to the larger scale...
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American Chemical Society

Dissolving and Back Again

For Teachers 5th
From solid to liquid and then back again. Young scientists  dissolve salt in water and then evaporate the water while observing what happens to the solute. They use their observations to make predictions about other solutions.
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American Chemical Society

Dissolving an M&M

For Teachers 5th
Here's a sweet lesson to explore solutes and solvents. Using candies and water, learners observe properties of parts of the solution as the candies dissolve. They then modify the setup and note variations in the solution. 
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American Chemical Society

Matter Is Made of Tiny Particles

For Students 5th
Believe in the invisible and convince the class that tiny particles exist even if they can't see them! A thorough lesson investigates all phases of matter and provides pupils hands-on experiences that demonstrate that all matter is made...
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American Museum of Natural History

Atomic Mobile

For Students 6th - 12th
Structure an activity around atoms. Learners use their knowledge of the parts of atoms—the protons, neutrons, and electrons—to build a model of a carbon atom. Scholars create a nucleus by using clay balls to represent the protons and...
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Unit Plan
Purdue University

Food Waste and the Environment

For Teachers K - 5th Standards
Out of sight out of mind can be a dangerous habit. Learners investigate the life of food waste after it leaves people's homes and its impact on the environment. They complete a series of three activities that involve building a mini...