National Informal STEM Education Network: Exploring Fabrication - Gummy Capsules

In this activity, learners make self-assembled polymer spheres.

“Exploring Fabrication – Gummy Capsules” lets visitors make self-assembled polymer spheres. They learn that self-assembly is a process by which molecules and cells form themselves into functional structures, and that self-assembly is used to make nanocapsules that can deliver medication. “Explore Science – Zoom info Nano Gummy Shapes” (2016) version designed for groups and community outreach.

BIG IDEA

Self-assembly is a process by which molecules and cells form themselves into functional structures.

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  • Self-assembly is a process by which molecules and cells form themselves into functional structures.
  • Self-assembly is used to make nanocapsules, which can deliver medication.

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Scientists and engineers have formed the interdisciplinary field of nanotechnology by investigating properties and manipulating matter at the nanoscale.

Nanoscience, nanotechnology, and nanoengineering lead to new knowledge and innovations that weren’t possible before.

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Science Topics
Polymers
Technology Topics
Nanotechnology
Engineering Topics
Biomedical
Early Childhood, K-6
Preschool, Kindergarten, 1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade

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