National Informal STEM Education Network: Sweet Self - Assembly

In this activity, learners make edible macrocapsules using techniques similar to those being used in laboratories to make nanocapsules or “smart drugs”.

The “Sweet Self-Assembly” program focuses on the creation of macrocapsules using self-assembly techniques. Participants make edible macrocapsules using techniques similar to those being used in laboratories to make nanocapsules or “smart drugs”.

BIG IDEA

Self-assembly can be used to create new materials including nanocapsules.

LEARNING GOALS

  • Identify self-assembly as a process by which molecules and cells form themselves into specific, ordered structures under the right conditions.
  • Acknowledge that self-assembly can be used by scientists to create objects on the nano-scale.
  • Understand that nano is very, very small.
  • Discover that scientists are using self-assembly to create nanocapsules which can be less harmful than regular medicines.

NANO CONTENT MAP

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.

Nanotechnologies—and their costs, utility, risks, and benefits—are closely interconnected with society and with our values.

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Science Topics
Health & Medicine
Technology Topics
Nanotechnology
Engineering Topics
Biomedical
Early Childhood, K-6, Middle School
Preschool, Kindergarten, 1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade

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