Nano Activities

It’s time for Nano Activities at the Children’s Museum!  “Nano.”  You’ve heard it before, but what does it even mean?   Nano means “one billionth.”  We are talking about how things work that are 1 billion times smaller than a meter –smaller-than-microscopic scale.  On this scale, we must think differently and work differently.  We’re sharing some experiments and demonstrations to show what this means.

The Children’s Museum of Virginia has partnered with Norfolk State University (NSU) staff and students to bring their expertise in Materials Science, Biology, Chemistry and more to make S.T.E.M. activities fun for our visitors.

Norfolk State University

Many of the activities come from the National Informal STEM Education Network (NISE Net) and help explain nanotechnology. We’re not only talking about futuristic topics, but how we are already impacted by nanotechnology.  We see nano particles in sunscreen and other medications, how we model technology after animal adaptations, how solids and liquids interact differently, and how using the right tools and computers change what we know. 

The following activities are adapted from those shared from NISE Net.  To discover more of their at-home experiments and demonstrations, click here: