Teaching and Learning Approaches

Student activities are the main feature of this collection, along with a variety of resources for teachers to use in exploring Nanoscience.

  • Catalyst nanoparticle shapes – Student Activity

    In this activity, students use modelling clay to construct different shapes (sphere, cube, cylinder) and calculate surface area:volume ratios with the aim of trying to develop a more efficient shape.

  • Measure a molecule – Student Activity

    In this activity, students create a single layer of detergent molecules on water and use measurements and calculations to determine the length of the molecules.

  • Probing fridge magnets – Student Activity

    In this activity, students investigate the pattern of magnetic fields on a fridge magnet. This will give them an idea of the principle behind scanning probe and magnetic force microscopes.

  • Seeing the invisible – Student Activity

    In this activity, students collect and record data and use it to create 2D and 3D images of an unseen surface. They will then understand some of the processes involved in mapping the unknown.

  • Social issues and nanotechnology – Student Activity

    In this activity, students realise that they are growing up in a world in which nanotechnology could make a huge impact and social issues need to be thought about before changes happen without controls.