Nanotechnology Invention and Design: Phase Changes, Energy, and Crystals

What does it take to be considered a smart material? Learners investigate the properties of Nitinol, a smart material, through a hands-on lab activity. They examine the crystal lattice structure and the conditions required for Nitinol to change and remember its shape.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Review important vocabulary prior to the experiment
Classroom Considerations

  • Collect and prepare necessary materials prior to the activity
  • Conduct the experiment yourself first to help anticipate any pupil struggles
Pros

  • Includes a sample answer key
  • Provides questioning strategies to use throughout the lesson
Cons

  • None