Reflection: Lesson Planning Engineering a Scanning Probe Microscope (An Eye for An Eye) - Section 4: Explain


Setting the stage for any modeling or hands-on activity as well as laboratory experiments is key to the successful of these activities. In this lesson, instructors can model the importance of gathering all the many tools, resources, and materials needed to be sufficiently design and execute an investigation. It is a best practice to either create an expected student design as an example for students or use a design created by a previous student. This enables students to begin with the end in mind and to have a visual of the finished product! The following are a few suggested materials for this modeling activity:


Class Materials: Box (traditional shoebox works best) with various items affixed to bottom (suggested items: ruler, paper cup, brick, fruit),  blindfold.

Student Team Materials: paper, pen, pencil; access to the internet is optional though helpful, metric ruler, string


  Setting the Stage - Teacher Preparation is Key to Student "Modeling"
  Lesson Planning: Setting the Stage - Teacher Preparation is Key to Student "Modeling"
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Engineering a Scanning Probe Microscope (An Eye for An Eye)

Unit 5: Basic Tools of the Biotechnology Workplace
Lesson 9 of 12

Objective: Students will be able to apply practical knowledge of nanotechnology and scanning probe microscopes to the design of their own scanning probe microscope.

Big Idea: Novel medical discoveries and innovations appear in the biotechnology industry due to the optimization of current technologies and a great deal of collaboration!

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