DIY Nano

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Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Spark big interest in tiny things on this super science app.

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Educational Value

DIY Nano can help kids learn about the tiniest things in science, technology, nature, and even "nanomedicine." Kids can learn nano-related science and engineering vocabulary, as well as simple lessons about biology, chemistry, substance properties, and the measurement of billions of tiny things when brought together or separated. Through the experiments, kids also practice following directions, investigation, and applying information. DIY Nano is a complete starter resource for future nano-enthusiasts.

Ease of Play

Easy to use. Meticulously designed with very clear directions. Step-by-step experiments with images and written directions. For some experiments, you'll have to plan ahead and gather materials in advance.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that DIY Nano makes nanotechnology understandable for kids and gives them ways to experiment with the tiniest bits of engineering and science marvels at home. This easy-to-navigate app includes short videos about topics like materials used in nanotechnology, "nano" and nature, and how nanotechnology affects everyday life. The more than 10 step-by-step activities and experiments here are quite easy, but many require you to plan ahead and gather materials in advance. There's also an in-app link to, a site devoted to nanotechnology education.

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What's it about?

Kids can tap on well-categorized, labeled videos to watch them (each just a few minutes long), or choose from 15 activities or experiments on DIY NANO. The activities and experiments each include a materials list (some items may be more complicated to acquire and messier than others), instructions, and detailed explanations of why they do what they do. Kids can also visit from within the app for even more nanotechnology-related information. Through email or AirPrint, users can share a PDF of an activity.

Is it any good?

Kids can gain real enthusiasm for all things nano by watching the informative, sometimes funny, videos and doing the activities on DIY Nano. This ingenious, uncluttered, easy-to-use app can help kids understand how tiny things act differently and can be very helpful to humans and nature in ways that are so much easier to understand than one would think of words like "nanotechnology engineering." From videos about nanocoatings and talking about a billionth of a meter to experiments about how gummy shapes are built via chemistry, this app is hugely interesting. The only small critique is that many of the ingredients or tools needed for the experiments aren't typically found in the average home. Still, DIY Nano is simply an excellent app about a complex topic for kids of a wide age span.

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  • Help your kids choose the experiment or activity that looks most interesting to them and then gather the necessary ingredients, objects, and tools.

  • Reinforce the messages of how tiny things can change our everyday lives by pointing out nanotechnology in everyday items, like cooking, sports, or art materials.

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For kids who love to build and create

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