General Lab Information



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Scientists have discovered that materials at the nanoscale, measured in billionths of a meter, behave differently than at the macroscale. In this session, students will learn about the size of a nanometer and how properties can be varied by making changes at the nanoscale.

Vocabulary: Nanometer, order of magnitude, nanotechnology, carbon allotropes (diamond, graphite, graphene, nanotube, buckminsterfullerene), conductor, index of refraction, thin film, light interference

Session Information: This activity is available in-person or virtually.

In-Person Session Information Virtual Session Information
  • 1-hour session, times are flexible
  • One class per session, maximum 30 students per class
  • Can book multiple activities in one day
  • $400 (BOCES-aidable) per session
  • 1-hour session, times are flexible
  • One class per session, maximum 30 students per class
  • Secure link to videoconferencing platform will be provided
  • Kit of materials will be provided, including detailed Teacher Notes guide
  • $400 (BOCES-aidable) per session

New York State Standards

New York State Science Learning Standards

Disciplinary Core Ideas Crosscutting Concepts Science and Engineering Practices

PS1.A: Structure and Properties of Matter

PS4.B: Electromagnetic Radiation

ETS1.B: Developing Possible Solutions


Structure and Function

Scale, Proportion, and Quantity

Developing and Using Models

Next Generation Mathematics Learning Standards

The Number System

Next Generation English Language Arts Learning Standards

Speaking and Listening Language

Comprehension and Collaboration
Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas

Vocabulary Acquisition and Use

New York State Standards for the Arts

Visual Arts 11.2

Intermediate Science Core

Process Skills

Major Understandings

Standard 4, 1 Follow safety procedures in the classroom and laboratory.

Standard 4, 2 Safely and accurately use the following tool: metric ruler.

Standard 4, 3 Use appropriate units for measured or calculated values.

Physical Setting Skills, 15 Determine the electrical conductivity of a material using a simple circuit.

Standard 1, M1.1c Apply mathematical equations to describe relationships among variables in the natural world.

Standard 1, S2.1a Demonstrate appropriate safety techniques.

Standard 1, S2.1b Conduct an experiment design by others.

Standard 1, S2.1d Use appropriate tools and conventional techniques to solve problems about the natural world, including: measuring, observing, describing.

Standard 1, T1.3a Generate ideas for alternative solutions.

Standard 1, T1.2b Evaluate alternatives based on the constraints of design.

Standard 6, 2.2 Use models to study processes that cannot be studied directly (e.g., when the real process is too slow, too fast, or too dangerous for direct observation).

Standard 6, 3.2 Use powers of ten notation to represent very small and very large numbers.

3.1a Substances have characteristic properties. Some of these properties include color, odor, hardness, and boiling and freezing points.

3.1h Density can be described as the amount of matter that is in a given amount of space.

3.3a All matter is made up of atoms. Atoms are far too small to see with a light microscope.

3.3c Atoms may join together in well-defined molecules or may be arranged in regular geometric patterns.

4.4b Light passes through some materials, sometimes refracting in the process. Materials absorb and reflect light, and may transmit light.

4.4e Electrical circuits provide a means of transferring electrical energy.