the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
the International Business Machines
the New York Hall of Science
This resource is a standards-aligned lesson for Grades 4-8 developed to promote understanding of just how tiny a nanometer is. Learners measure common classroom objects and convert the measurement to nanometers. They also learn about electron microscopes and find out about products that have been improved through the application of nanotechnology.
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April 19, 2012
by Caroline Hall
September 21, 2012
by Caroline Hall
Last Update when Cataloged:
June 30, 2011
AAAS Benchmark Alignments (2008 Version)
4. The Physical Setting
4D. The Structure of Matter
6-8: 4D/M1a. All matter is made up of atoms, which are far too small to see directly through a microscope.
8. The Designed World
8B. Materials and Manufacturing
6-8: 8B/M5. Efforts to find replacements for existing materials are driven by an interest in finding materials that are cheaper to obtain or produce or that have more desirable properties.
9-12: 8B/H4. Increased knowledge of the properties of particular molecular structures helps in the design and synthesis of new materials for special purposes.
11. Common Themes
6-8: 11D/M3. Natural phenomena often involve sizes, durations, and speeds that are extremely small or extremely large. These phenomena may be difficult to appreciate because they involve magnitudes far outside human experience.
9-12: 11D/H1. Representing very large or very small numbers in terms of powers of ten makes it easier to perform calculations using those numbers.
Common Core State Standards for Mathematics Alignments
Standards for Mathematical Practice (K-12)
MP.2 Reason abstractly and quantitatively.
Measurement and Data (K-5)
Solve problems involving measurement and conversion of
measurements from a larger unit to a smaller unit. (4)
4.MD.1 Know relative sizes of measurement units within one system of units including km, m, cm; kg, g; lb, oz.; l, ml; hr, min, sec. Within a single system of measurement, express measurements in a larger unit in terms of a smaller unit. Record measurement equivalents in a two column table.
Convert like measurement units within a given measurement system. (5)
5.MD.1 Convert among different-sized standard measurement units within a given measurement system (e.g., convert 5 cm to 0.05 m), and use these conversions in solving multi-step, real world problems.
<a href="http://www.compadre.org/precollege/items/detail.cfm?ID=11786">New York Hall of Science, and International Business Machines. TryNano Lesson: What Is A Nanometer?. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, June 30, 2011.</a>
New York Hall of Science, and International Business Machines. TryNano Lesson: What Is A Nanometer?. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, June 30, 2011. http://www.trynano.org/What_is_Nano.html (accessed 4 May 2016).
TryNano Lesson: What Is A Nanometer?. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, 2010. 30 June 2011. New York Hall of Science, and International Business Machines. 4 May 2016 <http://www.trynano.org/What_is_Nano.html>.
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A high-quality interactive tutorial that allows users to explore "specimens" as they would appear under a scanning electron microscope. Choose from a cockroach, pollen grain, diatomic molecule, jellyfish, and more.