The Discovery of Fullerenes

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Carbon is the most common element on earth, so the innovative discovery of a new type of carbon molecule won the 1996 Nobel Prize. In the ready-to-go lesson, scholars learn about C60 and how it has opened up the entire area of nanotechnology research. After reading and answering questions, pupils make their own buckyball in a hands-on activity. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • Bring in a commercially available buckyball and a soccer ball and let learners guess how they are related and why they are being used in chemistry
Classroom Considerations
  • The lesson would be easy to hand to a substitute with no prior knowledge of the subject
  • The resource would best fit when studying carbon or before introducing nanotechnology
  • Lesson five in a six-lesson set
  • Answer key is provided
  • Resource includes lesson on measurement prefixes
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