How do scientists know something exists when that thing may be so small it can’t even be seen with a microscope? How small is a nanometer? In this Materials Science From CU program, students are introduced to the world of nanoscience, the study of objects on the nanoscale – the scale of molecules and atoms. Nano means 10-9 so a nanometer is one billionth of a meter (or 1/25,000,000th of an inch)! This hands-on class explores the nanoworld and the technology scientists employ to study it. Students use probes modeled after the use of Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM), in order to characterize an unseen world. They will even be able to “measure” the thickness of a bubble!

Supports CDE Academic Standards for Physical Science.

This project receives partial funding from the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation, Inc.


Group size: Up to 30 students
Grades: 4-12
Cost: $195 per presentation; $125 for each additional presentation

To request this Classroom Presentation, complete the online request form.

Questions? Contact Hester Nadel via email or call 303-492-8640.