Zoom into Nano

Topic: Technology

Case Study

of an Exhibition

by Catherine McCarthy

Published on July 30, 2007

  • Description and goals

    A traveling 5,000 sq. ft. hands-on interactive museum exhibition focusing on how we see and make things that are too small to see. Nanoscale science and engineering is the process through which materials are manipulated on the molecular scale to generate very, very small structures and devices. Designed for 8-13 year olds and their families.

    Learning Goals:
    • All matter is made of atoms.
    • Molecules are made of atoms and have structure.
    • Atoms and molecules are always moving.
    • Nanotechnology involves making things less than 100 nanometers in size.
    • Scientists use nanotechnology to make computer chips, develop new medicines, and treat cancer.

  • Development process and challenges

    Please see summative evaluation report

  • Lessons learned, mistakes we made (and what we did about them)

    Please see summative evaluation report

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