The Little Stuff Can Make a Big Difference

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Great things come in small packages! What better way to illustrate this point than a week-long look at nanotechnology? Earth science scholars explore water quality issues through lab activities, then research new innovations in nanotech that help minimize human impacts on the environment.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Assign the design extension activity and have groups create their prototypes using Tinkercad, a free 3-D modeling program
  • Make the environmental impact more personal by including information about the water quality in your area
Classroom Considerations

  • Students in groups of two to four need Internet access on an iPad or computer

  • Worksheets, assessments, answer keys, video questions ... they're all available in the Teacher Reference document
  • The resource draws from a variety of activities to give learners a clear picture of the role of nanotechnology in society

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Common Core