Question Sheet: The Incredible Shrunken Kids
- What’s the smallest thing that you know about?
- What area of science do you enjoy the most? Why?
- What does the prefix “nano” mean? Give two examples of where the prefix is used.
- What is the goal of nanotechnology?
- How is nanotechnology being used?
- Why is nanotechnology important for computers?
- Summarize what Tour means when he says, “Most things that people build come together in a ‘top-down’ way.”
- What’s the difference between NanoKid and NanoAthlete?
- Why did Tour invent NanoKids?
- Do you think Tour’s video would help you enjoy learning about nanotechnology? Why or why not?
- How might nanotechnology help medicine?
- What are the advantages and disadvantages for technology when working on such a small scale?
- What nanotechnology-related inventions might benefit your school? How?
- Give an example of how working “small” can have effects on a much larger scale.
- Think of a subject in science that might not be your favorite. Write a script for a video about some aspect of this subject to help make it more interesting.
- The name “NanoPutian” comes from the word “Lilliputian,” which refers to miniature residents of a fictional land named Lilliput. These characters appear in the novel Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift. You can find the full text of the first part of Gulliver’s Travels at www.jaffebros.com/lee/gulliver/bk1/index.html (Jaffe Bros.). It recounts Gulliver’s adventures in the land of Lilliput. Write a story about the NanoKid characters that is set in Lilliput. What sort of adventures could they have?
- With scientists all over the world working on nanotechnology, how do they share information?
- Tour explores the idea that nanotechnology is a community. Why do you think he uses that image?
- If a nano is a prefix for one-billionth, what is the prefix for one-millionth and one-thousandth? List as many metric prefixes as you can find, putting them in order by decreasing size and expressing them as powers of 10. You can find a list of metric prefixes at www.unc.edu/~rowlett/units/prefixes.html(University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill).
- Try the following metric prefix quiz, then make up your own examples. Add the appropriate metric prefix to the supplied word or phrase. For example, 10–2pedes = centipedes.
- 1012tory = __________
- 10–6phone = __________
- 10–12ture = __________
- 109le = __________
- 2 x 103mockingbird = __________
- 10–18mosphere = __________
- 10–3 tary = __________