Nanoscience - Unit Summary

Total duration

16 lessons, 1 hour each

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Lesson 6 – Nitinol and carbon nanotubes explained

Learning outcomes

In these lessons students will investigate:

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Learning Sequence

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  1. Review the students understanding of the key points in lesson 5.
  2. Investigation – Students explore how passing a current through a memory shape alloy can heat it to realign to its heated state and the potential applications of this property. Teacher demonstration.
  3. Investigation – Teacher introduces and discusses the YouTube Heatmobile and YouTube - WTF Paperclip Nitinol. Resources
  4. Investigation – Students view PowerPoint 6.1 Carbon Nanotubes.pptx. Resources
  5. Reflection – Students view YouTube – Nanotechnology Today and discuss the ideas presented. Resources
  6. Discussion – Students divide into breakout groups and given a range of short articles on carbon Nanotubes to read and discuss. Their findings are shared on a Padlet page. Resources

Home Learning

  1. Students work on developing a media file of applications of Nanoscience encountered in reports of local media items for the final week. Media file is shared on NVSES network.