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Nanotechnology

Manufacturer: Thames and Kosmos

Model Number: 631727

Recommended Age: Ages 15 and up

Availability: Out of stock

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Shipping Weight: 4 pounds

Model Number: 631727

Product Dimensions: 19.1 x 13 x 3.8 inches

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Description

Some of the biggest scientific breakthroughs in recent years involve things that are actually very, very small. The science of nanotechnology deals with the smallest structures, in the range of one to 100 nanometers in size. That’s as small as just a few atoms in a row (one atom corresponds to about one nanometer)! With this kit, the intangible, nanoscopic world becomes accessible with hands-on experiments using both scaled-up models and real nanomaterials.



Nanoparticles can be made of different materials and exist in a wide variety of forms —thin layers, tubes, balls, and tree-like structures. These particles can be coated onto surfaces, they can enhance other materials such as paint, they can be used as a delivery method for pharmaceuticals in the body, and much more. Specific applications include, for example, self-cleaning house paints and water-repellent clothes, anti-fog coatings on glasses, UV protection components in sunscreen, environmentally friendly antifouling coatings for ships (to prevent algae growth, thereby reducing fuel consumption), antibacterial coatings for medical devices, and materials to more effectively filter dirty water.

Start out by conducting experiments concerning size, scale, and orders of magnitude in the International System of Units, to get a feel for just how small a nanometer really is. Explore how charcoal is like a nanoscale sponge with filtering experiments. Conduct experiments with the hydrophilic (water-loving) and hydrophobic (water-hating) properties of different surfaces, which illustrate nanoscale properties.

Stir up some mixtures and suspensions, and then examine exotic mixtures to learn about the nanoscopic particles suspended in them. Shine a laser through a colloidal gold — a suspension of nanoscale particles of gold! Learn about the electromagnetic spectrum, laser light, electron microscopy, and atomic force microscopy to begin to grasp how we can make nanomaterials visible. Experiment with a special material that mimics the nanostructures on a gecko’s footpads that allow it to climb straight up a vertical pane of glass with ease!

Activities and outcomes:
Children conduct chemistry and physics experiments, build robotic and solar power devices, explore the microscopic world, play archaeologist, experiment with fragrances, perform exciting science shows, etc. to ignite a lifelong love of science.

Why we like Thames & Kosmos:
- Simply the best science kits on the market and a favorite in our household!
- Compatible pieces in construction, physics, wind power, and hydropower kits
- Highly regarded, award-winning products
- Detailed color, step-by-step instructions

About:
Thames & Kosmos (T&K) was founded in 2001 by a science museum director and her son with the mission of publishing high quality science and technology educational kits—resources for parents and their children that are more engaging, more effective, more relevant, and more fun.

The company places an emphasis on teaching concepts and skills through hands-on modeling of real world devices and processes, and by offering comprehensive reading materials for a rich learning experience.

T&K currently offers more than 60 science and technology kits in thirteen categories, including chemistry, physics, environmental science, technology, biology, natural history, fundamentals, astronomy, classic science, little labs, sophisticated science, and construction.

Operating as the exclusive North American distributor for the science kit line of the German publishing house Franckh-Kosmos Verlags-GmbH—Kosmos for short—T&K translates, rewrites and distributes Kosmos science kits in the English language. It started designing its own line of science kits in 2005.

Providence, RI. Distributes its products primarily in the United States and Canada