Teacher Review For DIY Nano

Quick science leads to artistic endeavors

Whitney K.
Classroom teacher
Lamoille North S.U.
Hyde Park, VT
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My Grades 11
My Subjects Social Studies
My Rating 4
Learning Scores
Engagement 5
Pedagogy 3
Support 4
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time 5-15 minutes
Great for Creation
Small group
Student-driven work
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
I liked the simplicity of the directions. I love the engagement with the iPads' easy swipe to each set of instructions, accompanied with images. We read the summary of the nano science after the experiment. Later, the girls recalled facts about nano science with ease. The project involving rainbow film led to artistic endeavors. The girls made iridescent bookmarks for friends. The girls then chose to engage with a the Nano sunblock activity completely independent of me. They stated a hypothesis aloud before checking results. I am impressed. I would use this in high school advisories- 20 min. blocks.
My Take
I run a nano size after school program, two days a week for 9 year friends of my 9 year old daughter. We perused the videos and activities, jointly deciding on which activities to bring to our group. Although it purports use of household items, I did have to run to the store for diaper rash ointment and nail polish. We all reviewed the instructions prior to the activity, I helped with the first attempt and let them continue to make the experiment multiple times. They quickly wanted to move onto other nano studies.