Micro & Nanotechnologies

  • Nanotechnology Lab Visit

    In this video segment adapted from Pennsylvania College of Technology and WVIA, learn about nanotechnology and nanofabrication. Meet Mark Atwater, a student enrolled in a nanotechnology program, who takes you on a tour of a nanofabrication lab. Observe the "bunny suit" he needs to wear to prevent contamination of the lab, and learn about the top-down fabrication process of photolithography. In addition, Mark discusses his goals for the future and why this experience is so valuable.

    Grades: 9-12
  • Nanotechnology

    This video segment adapted from Pennsylvania College of Technology and WVIA examines nanotechnology, the art and science of manipulating and rearranging individual atoms and molecules to create useful materials, devices, and systems. Learn how atoms are at the core of nanotechnology and how researchers are working to understand both the structure and behavior of atoms in order to develop revolutionary new products and applications in medicine and beyond. The video also expresses some of the safety concerns related to nanotechnology.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Cancer Nanotech

    In this interactive slideshow adapted from NOVA scienceNOW, learn how scientists are using nanotechnology—the building of functional systems at the molecular scale—for medical purposes. Through a mix of electron microscope images, artistic representations, and informative text, examine a variety of nanotechnology applications that have been conceived to diagnose, treat, and even prevent cancer. The slideshow features nanotubes, nanowires, quantum dots, and fullerenes, among several other extremely small devices and particles currently in research and development.

    Grades: 9-12
  • What Can Nanotechnology Do for You?

    Explore five categories of nanotechnology applications: computers and electronics, energy and the environment, health and medicine, sporting goods, and clothing and textiles. Within each category, learn about products that use nanotechnology.

    Grades: 6-12
  • GPS: Where in the World Are You?

    In this interactive activity produced for Teachers' Domain, learn how the Global Positioning System (GPS) uses trilateration to identify the location of a receiver. Investigate how each GPS satellite broadcasts a radio signal that carries information (the time the signal was transmitted, the position of the satellite, and a pseudo-random-noise code) and how the signals from three different satellites are used to determine the receiver's location. In addition, explore how the signal from a fourth satellite is used to achieve greater precision.

    Grades: 9-12
  • Nanoscience Career Advice

    This video adapted from North Dakota State College of Science explores the range of science and technology careers that work with matter at an incredibly small scale: the nanoscale. Anyone interested in mathematics or science, whether it’s physics, biology, or chemistry, can find a job that’s right for them in the field of nanoscience. Workers employed in various industries that are exploring applications of nanoscience explain that a wide range of employment opportunities exist, no matter what your education level is. The video also contains suggestions for what high school students can do now to plan for a career in nanoscience.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Planning Your Future Career in Advanced Technology

    In this media-rich, self-paced lesson, students explore the range of industries that produce and rely on advanced technology and learn how their skills and interests may align with career opportunities in this cutting-edge sector. The lesson contains videos that feature professionals describing their work and educational experiences, and provides details on the different college-level programs that prepare tomorrow’s workers for the industries’ challenging and well-paying jobs. The lesson concludes with activities that students can complete to help them more clearly define their goals and plan pathways to rewarding careers.

    Grades: 9-12