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Oil refinery on Mississippi River
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University California Center for Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology (UC CEIN)

"Nano sand" is a product that was originally invented to help clean up oil spills in water. Since the "nano sand" is hydrophobic, it does not let water molecules pass through. It does, however, let oil molecules pass through. When oil-contaminated water is exposed to "magic sand," the oil passes...

Excess water draining from a California field
Classroom Activities
National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network (NNIN)

Pollution, both macroscopic and microscopic, is an important environmental issue for aquatic ecosystems. For this lab, students will model how nanoparticle pollution travels from land to water.

Point source water pollution
Classroom Activities
National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network (NNIN)

This activity -- in which students test a local water supply -- is designed to be used as an extension to classroom activities related to treating foul water for consumption.

Students taking water samples during field work
Commemorative Days and Events
NISE Network

Ideas for incorporating current science, engineering, and technology content into holidays, seasons, annual events, and special events: from STEM-themed events like National Chemistry Week and Astronomy Day to holidays like Halloween and Valentines Day!

Artist rendition of a Jupiter-like planet
Classroom Activities
The Science Museum of Minnesota

"Exploring the Universe: Orbiting Objects" is a hands-on activity that invites visitors to experiment with different sized and weighted balls on a stretchy fabric gravity well. The activity models gravitational attraction in space. Participants investigate how changing conditions can cause...

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