DIY Nano HD, by The Lawrence Hall of Science in conjunction with NISE Network, is the most incredible science app to get kids hyped about anything nano! If you don’t know what is up with nanoscience, you need to get up to speed. We have always had a soft spot for science. It screams for kids to get out of their seats and move, collaborate, experience and experiment with hands-on activities that get them totally excited about STEM, and better yet, turned on to all kinds of learning! DIY Nano is an excellent tool for both teachers in the school setting, as well as for families to spend more quality time together.
The app provides easy to use, hands-on activities with simple instructions, all at your fingertips. Each activity includes a material list, step-by-step directions, and detailed explanations to accompany each project. The activity materials are readily available and inexpensive, you probably have most of them in your own home or school. There are also kid-friendly related videos to view after each explanation.
So what is nanotechnology? In a nutshell, it is the branch of science that deals with dimensions and manipulation of minuscule or smaller than small things, the prefix “nano” means one-billionth, therefore one nanometer is one-billionth of a meter. This science is being used to engineer and produce high-performance products. These products are not only on the cutting edge, they vary from cars that cost $3000 to phones that flip around your wrist. There is literally something to interest everybody. It’s unbelievable what is being produced with this amazing science and nanotechnology is shaping the future in big ways. DIY Nano is the app where you can learn it all, and it is not just free, it is fabulous!
The DIY Nano app includes links to insightful videos and helps you browse the whatisnano.org public website for more information, activities, and videos. We worked with a wide variety of students from all walks of life, then asked them to find a product on the iPad and report about it. Excitement abounded!
Many resources are available on super-cool NISE Network that is available through the app. You may want to use these resources to enrich the app experience. Including Nanooze (pronounced nah–news), an online magazine created by the Cornell Nanoscale Science and Technology. It’s a great place to learn about the latest exciting stuff in science and technology.