WORKSHOP SCHEDULE

Experiments Program A
Integrative Science
Program B
Biology
Program C
Chemistry
Program D
Physics
Program E
Engineering
Program F
Elementary/Middle School
Program G
Customized
Date/Time
Sat., 8:30AM – 1:30PM
Measurements at the Nanoscale Core Class Optional Core Class Core Class Core Class Optional Optional October 5, 2019
Measurements at the Nanoscale
Elementary level
Core Class Optional Optional Optional Optional Core Class Optional October 26, 2019
Plasmonics (Color from Gold) Optional Optional Core Class Core Class Core Class Optional Optional November 16, 2019
Biotoxicity Core Class Core Class Core Class Optional Optional Optional Optional December 7, 2019
Nanoscale Patterning (Photolithography) Optional Optional Core Class Core Class Core Class Optional Optional January 25, 2020
Nanoscale Control of Wetting Core Class Core Class Core Class Optional Core Class Optional Optional February 8, 2020
Magnetic Liquids (ferrofluids) Optional Optional Core Class Core Class Core Class Optional Optional March 7, 2020
Liquid Crystals
Elementary level
Core Class Optional Optional Optional Optional Core Class Optional March 21, 2020
Biopolymers Core Class Core Class Core Class Optional Optional Optional Optional April 18, 2020
Supercapacitors Optional Optional Core Class Core Class Core Class Optional Optional May 2, 2020

Sorted by Program

Program A: Integrative Science

This program integrates different components of a high school science curriculum.

Core Courses

  • Measurements at the Nanoscale (Oct 5, 2019)
  • Elementary Measurements at the Nanoscale (Oct 26, 2019)
  • Biotoxicity (Dec 7, 2019)
  • Nanoscale Control of Wetting (Feb 8, 2020)
  • Elementary Liquid Crystals (March 21, 2020)
  • Biopolymers (April 18, 2020)

Optional Courses

  • Plasmonics (Nov 16, 2019)
  • Nanoscale Patterning (Jan 25, 2020)
  • Magnetic Fluids (March 7, 2020)
  • Supercapacitors (May 2, 2020)

 

Program B: Biology

This program focuses on the applications of nanosciencce to biology.

Core Courses

  • Biotoxicity (Dec 7, 2019)
  • Nanoscale Control of Wetting (Feb 8, 2020)
  • Biopolymers (April 18, 2020)

Optional Courses

  • Measurements at the Nanoscale (Oct 5, 2019)
  • Elementary Measurements at the Nanoscale (Oct 26, 2019)
  • Plasmonics (Nov 16, 2019)
  • Nanoscale Patterning (Jan 25, 2020)
  • Magnetic Fluids (March 7, 2020)
  • Elementary Liquid Crystals (March 21, 2020)
  • Supercapacitors (May 2, 2020)

 

Program C: Chemistry

This program focuses on the applications of nanosciencce to chemistry.

Core Courses

  • Measurements at the Nanoscale (Oct 5, 2019)
  • Plasmonics (Nov 16, 2019)
  • Biotoxicity (Dec 7, 2019)
  • Nanoscale Patterning (Jan 25, 2020)
  • Nanoscale Control of Wetting (Feb 8, 2020)
  • Magnetic Fluids (March 7, 2020)
  • Biopolymers (April 18, 2020)
  • Supercapacitors (May 2, 2020)

Optional Courses

  • Elementary Measurements at the Nanoscale (Oct 26, 2019)
  • Elementary Liquid Crystals (March 21, 2020)
Program D: Physics

This program focuses on the applications of nanosciencce to physics.

Core Courses

  • Measurements at the Nanoscale (Oct 5, 2019)
  • Plasmonics (Nov 16, 2019)
  • Nanoscale Patterning (Jan 25, 2020)
  • Magnetic Fluids (March 7, 2020)
  • Supercapacitors (May 2, 2020)

Optional Courses

  • Elementary Measurements at the Nanoscale (Oct 26, 2019)
  • Biotoxicity (Dec 7, 2019)
  • Nanoscale Control of Wetting (Feb 8, 2020)
  • Elementary Liquid Crystals (March 21, 2020)
  • Biopolymers (April 18, 2020)
Program E: Engineering

This program focuses on applications of nanoscience to engineering and STEAM fields.

Core Courses

  • Measurements at the Nanoscale (Oct 2, 2019)
  • Plasmonics (Nov 16, 2019)
  • Nanoscale Patterning (Jan 25, 2020)
  • Nanoscale Control of Wetting (Feb 8, 2020)
  • Magnetic Liquids (March 7, 2020)
  • Supercapacitors (May 2, 2020)

Optional Courses

  • Elementary Measurements at the Nanoscale (Oct 26, 2019)
  • Biotoxicity (Dec 7, 2019)
  • Elementary Liquids Crystals (March 21, 2020)
  • Biopolymers (April 18, 2020)

 

Program F: Elementary & Middle School

This program focuses on implementing nanoscience fundamentals into middle school and elementary school science education.

Core Courses

  • Elementary Measurement at the Nanoscale (Oct 26, 2019)
  • Elementary Liwuid Crystals (March 21, 2020)

Optional Courses

  • Measurements at the Nanoscale (Oct 2, 2019)
  • Plasmonics (Nov 16, 2019)
  • Plasmonics (Nov 16, 2019)
  • Biotoxicity (Dec 7, 2019)
  • Nanoscale Patterning (Jan 25, 2020)
  • Nanoscale Control of Wetting (Feb 8, 2020)
  • Magnetic Liquids (March 7, 2020)
  • Biopolymers (April 18, 2020)
  • Supercapacitors (May 2, 2020)
Program G: Customized Program

This program allows educators to chose which workshops would be most beneficial for their classroom.

Optional Courses

  • Measurements at the Nanoscale (Oct 2, 2019)
  • Elementary Measurement at the Nanoscale (Oct 26, 2019)
  • Plasmonics (Nov 16, 2019)
  • Plasmonics (Nov 16, 2019)
  • Biotoxicity (Dec 7, 2019)
  • Nanoscale Patterning (Jan 25, 2020)
  • Nanoscale Control of Wetting (Feb 8, 2020)
  • Magnetic Liquids (March 7, 2020)
  • Elementary Liwuid Crystals (March 21, 2020)
  • Biopolymers (April 18, 2020)
  • Supercapacitors (May 2, 2020)

Sorted by Experiment

Measurements at the Nanoscale (10/2/2019)

How can you measure that which is unobservable to the naked eye? In our Measurements at the Nanoscale experiment, students use the effects of molecules interacting with each other indirectly and very simple geometry to measure nanoscale features and have a better understanding of how large (or small) nano really is.

Core Program Areas

  • (A) Integrative Science
  • (C) Chemistry
  • (D) Physics
  • (E) Engineering

Optional Program Areas

  • (B) Biology
  • (F) Elementary & Middle School
  • (G) Customized Program

 

Elementary Measurements at the Nanoscale (10/26/2019)

How can you measure that which is unobservable to the naked eye? In our Measurements at the Nanoscale experiment, students use the effects of molecules interacting with each other indirectly and very simple geometry to measure nanoscale features and have a better understanding of how large (or small) nano really is.

Core Program Areas

  • (A) Integrative Science
  • (F) Elementary & Middle School

Optional Program Areas

  • (B) Biology
  • (C) Chemistry
  • (D) Physics
  • (E) Engineering
  • (G) Customized Program

 

Plasmonics (Color from Gold) (11/16/2019)

While nanoscience has only been coined as its own field of study in more recent history, nanoscale objects have been used unknowingly by researchers and craftsman for hundreds of years. In this experiment, students synthesize gold nanoparticles in solution and encase them in gels to make ‘stained glass’, and will learn about the history of nanoparticles in art. Students will also get an introduction to surface plasmonics – the interaction of light and free electrons on a metal surface.

Core Program Areas

  • (C) Chemistry
  • (D) Physics
  • (E) Engineering

Optional Program Areas

  • (A) Integrative Science
  • (B) Biology
  • (F) Elementary & Middle School
  • (G) Customized Program
Biotoxicity (12/7/2019)

 

Colloidal silver is an antifungal agent used in bandages. Unlike silver ion solutions, colloidal silver is toxic to microbes without harming humans. The Biotoxicity experiment tests the ability of colloidal silver to inhibit the rate of yeast cellular respiration (carbon dioxide production) compared to other silver-containing compounds. This experiment highlights the fundamental concepts of respiration, data quantification, and the use of nanotechnology for real-world applications.

Core Program Areas

  • (A) Integrative Science
  • (B) Biology
  • (C) Chemistry

Optional Program Areas

  • (D) Physics
  • (E) Engineering
  • (F) Elementary & Middle School
  • (G) Customized Program
Nanoscale Patterning (Photolithography) (1/25/2020)

In this experiment, students use light to transfer a pattern onto a surface, ultimately resulting in a network of very small metal wires on a plastic board. Students can then measure resistance as a function of wire length and wire diameter to explore both the positive and negative resistive aspects of making thing small, but close together. This top-down approach to nanotechnology is commonly used in manufacturing circuit boards for computers and other electronics, and students will learn the very simple chemistry and physics at the core of photolithography.

Core Courses

  • (C) Chemistry
  • (D) Physics
  • (E) Engineering

Optional Courses

  • (A) Integrative Science
  • (B) Biology
  • (F) Elementary & Middle School
  • (G) Customized Program
Nanoscale Control of Wetting (2/8/2020)

The superhydrophobic surfaces experiment blends elements from chemistry, biology, and physics to vividly demonstrate how the incorporation of nanoscale texture at a material’s surface can lead to dramatic changes in certain physical properties such as wettability. Students will learn basic concepts in surface chemistry and discuss emerging industrial applications for materials with these unique characteristics.

Core Program Areas

  • (A) Integrative Science
  • (B) Biology
  • (C) Chemistry
  • (E) Engineering

Optional Program Areas

  • (D) Physics
  • (F) Elementary & Middle School
  • (G) Customized Program
Magnetic Liquids (Ferrofluids) (3/7/2020)

Originally developed by NASA as a means of moving rocket fuel in a weightless environment, ferrofluids are magnetic liquids used in a wide variety of engineering and consumer applications. In this experiment, students prepare ferrofluids that contain iron oxide nanoparticles approximately 10 nanometers in diameter, which spontaneously magnetizes in the presence of a magnetic field – through solution chemistry materials.

Core Program Areas

  • (C) Chemistry
  • (D) Physics
  • (E) Engineering

Optional Program Areas

  •  (A) Integrative Science
  • (B) Biology
  • (F) Elementary & Middle School
  • (G) Customized Program
Elementary Liquid Crystals (3/21/2020)

Liquid crystals are a class of materials with a state of matter that has properties between those of liquids and solid crystals. In this workshop, students will learn about the different states of matter, the unique properties of liquid crystals and their applications, and make their own “switchable glass” windows.

Core Program Areas

  • (A) Integrative Science
  • (F) Elementary & Middle School

Optional Courses

  • (B) Biology
  • (C) Chemistry
  • (D) Physics
  • (E) Engineering
  • (G) Customized Program
Biopolymers (4/18/2020)

Biogels or biopolymers are used by all organisms to carry out the functions of life. Beyond their natural functions, biopolymers are useful aids to modern life, serving as stabilizers, thickeners, and gelling agents in applications as diverse as food preparation and wound repair. This workshop is designed to demonstrate that biology depends on the organization of biomolecular scaffolds, called structural biopolymers, at the nanoscale.

Core Program Areas

  • (A) Integrative Science
  • (B) Biology
  • (C) Chemistry

Optional Courses

  • (D) Physics
  • (E) Engineering
  • (F) Elementary & Middle School
  • (G) Customized Program
Supercapacitors (5/2/2020)

Energy storage is necessary for many important applications such as portable electronics (such as cell phones and wearables), electric vehicles, and renewable energy storage. In this experiment, students will be making and using supercapacitors, which utilize the high surface area of nanostructured carbon to store charge.

Core Program Areas

  • (C) Chemistry
  • (D) Physics
  • (E) Engineering

Optional Program Areas

  • (A) Integrative Science
  • (B) Biology
  • (F) Elementary & Middle School
  • (G) Customized Program