posted by: kdelledonne
Before Christmas Break, I had the pleasure of going into Bryan Nowakowski’s 3rd grade class at Cleveland Elementary in Elkhart to do both NANOweek and ASTROweek. Both weeks were immensely enjoyable and intellectually stimulating for everyone, myself included. These students of Mr. Nowakowski are exceedingly bright, inquisitive, and observant. You should have witnessed the continuous stream of questions and comments that went on in those two weeks! We talked about optics and how we see things with light, both with and without the help of lenses. Then we discussed the properties of light and why visible light just isn’t capable of letting us magnify objects down to the nanoscale….enter the higher-powered microscopes!
Dr. Pat Mooney showed the students how the Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) works and the students got to play the GUESS THE GUNK game with me.
The students easily caught on to the idea of how probing microscopes can give us information about the surface topography of a substance as they did the AFM simulation activity.
Interest was “magnified” enormously….
Natalie explained how the Atomic Force Microscope (AFM) and Scanning Tunneling Microscope (STM) work and also the types of information that these amazing instruments can give scientists (including herself in her graduate work).
NANOweek with Mr. Nowakowski’s 3rd grade was incredible!