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How Can We "See" What We Can Not See?

Nanoscientists and engineers use special tools called scanning probe microscopes to "see" the nanoscale features on a material's surface by feeling around with a sharp probe tip. In this activity, students analyze the a mystery landscape by probing.


These modules have been created by Anthony Cina, Matt Vander Zanden, Cindy Widstrand, and Arthur Ellis. Funding for this project has been made possible through the National Science Foundation's Materials Research Science and Engineering Center's Research Experience for Teachers program and the GK-12/K-Through-Infinity Professional Development program.