General Lab Information


Observing Nano in Nature

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Nanoscience is a burgeoning field in the science world, and scientists get inspiration for nanotechnology from nature. In this lesson students will learn what nano is and what nano-sized adaptations animals have in nature. Students will use their observational skills to discover the nano-secret of the Blue Morpho.

Vocabulary: Blue Morpho butterfly, pigment, structural color, irridescent, observation, nanometer, nanotechnology

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

In-Person Session Information Virtual Session Information
  • Session times are Tuesday - Friday, 10 - 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 - 2 p.m.
  • Activities are pre-selected based on grade level
  • Up to two classes per session, maximum 30 students/class
  • Session times are Tuesday - Friday, 10 - 10:30 a.m., 11:15 - 11:45 a.m., and 12:30 - 1 p.m.
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  • Up to two classes per session
  • Teachers will receive detailed Teacher Notes guide upon booking
  • Secure link to videoconferencing platform will be provided

All in-person activities are interactive, hands-on student experiences guided by our instructors. All virtual activities are interactive, instructor-led experiences that are either facilitated with students using materials from school/home or demonstration-based if students do not have access to materials.

New York State Standards

New York State Science Learning Standards

Disciplinary Core Ideas

Crosscutting Concepts

Science and Engineering Practices

LS4.B: Natural Selection

PS4.B: Electromagnetic Radiation

LS1.A: Structure and Function


Structure and Function

Planning and Carrying Out Investigations

Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions

Engaging in Argument from Evidence

Next Generation English Language Arts Standards

Speaking and Listening


Comprehension and Collaboration

Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas

Vocabulary Acquisition and Use


Program Audience

3rd Grade