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:

  • Flexible instruction whether students are in the classroom or at home. 
  • Interactive, instructor-led session facilitated with students using materials from school or home.  Can also be demonstration-based if students do not have access to materials.  
  • Teachers will receive a detailed Teacher Notes guide upon booking.  
  • Secure link to ZoomGov videoconferencing platform will be provided. 
  • Sessions are 30 minutes, Tu-Fr, 9:30 a.m.,10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 1:30 p.m. Plan for additional time to get settled in the virtual classroom. 
  • One class per session 

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