Materials World Modules

An Inquiry & Design-Based Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education Program

Intro to the Nanoscale Module Alignment to Illinois Standards

Intro to Nanotechnology Module

IL Science Standards


IL Math Standards


Grades 9-12


Grades 9-12


Scientific Inquiry




11A1: Formulate issue-hypothesis, reviewing literature as primary reading sources, differentiating between subjective/objective data and their usefulness to the issue, or examining applicable existent surveys, impact studies, or models.

6A3: Represent numerical intervals using correct notation

11A2: Design an issue investigation, proposing applicable survey and interview instruments and methodologies, selecting appropriate simulations, or projecting possible viewpoints, variables, applicable data sets and formats for consideration.

Operations and properties


11A3: Conduct issue investigation (following all procedural and safety precautions), using appropriate technologies, interviewing associated entities or experts, testing applicable simulation models, or completing all data collection requirements

6B5: Identify, represent, and solve problems with numbers expressed in exponential, logarithmic, and scientific notations using technology.

11A4: Interpret and analyze results to produce findings and issue resolution options, evaluating data sets and trends to explore unexpected responses and data distractors, evaluating validity and reliability, or substantiating basis of inferences, deductions, and perceptions.

6B6: Solve problems using exponents and logarithms.

11A5: Report, display and defend the process and findings of issue investigation, critiquing findings by self and peer review, generating further questions or issues for consideration, evaluating comparable issue resolutions or responses for action, or generalizing public opinion responses

Performance and conversion of measurements


Properties of matter and energy and the interactions between them


7A2: Set up and solve measurement conversions using multiple rates and conversion factors.

12C1: Apply scientific inquiries or technological designs to explain chemical bonding and reactions, balancing chemical reactions using formulas and equations to quantify reaction masses, volumes and ratios, examining factors that affect capacity to react or rates (concentrations, pH, catalysts, molarity, temperature, etc.), or referencing the bonding potential and strengths within and between atoms and molecules.

Force and Motion  

7B1: Analyze precision, accuracy, and approximate error in measurement situations.

12D4: Apply scientific inquiries or technological designs to explore thermodynamics, explaining the kinetic theory of gases, the ideal gas laws, calculating temperature and pressure variations of gases, specific heat values, and heat capacities of solids and liquids and mechanical equivalents of heat, calculating thermal expansion and transfer capabilities of different substances, or explaining entropy in common terms and examples.

7B2: Determine a reasonable estimate of measure for more complex problem situations.

Practices of Science  

7B3: Solve problems to a desired interval of accuracy.

13A2: Apply scientific habits of mind to current pure and applied research studies in life, environmental, physical, earth, and space sciences, interviewing scientists about how they address validity of scientific claims and theories and/or their understanding of scientific habits of mind (including sheer luck) and how they have been integral to their own research, recognizing limitations of investigation methods, sample sets, technologies, or procedures, questioning sources of information and representation of data, recognizing selective or distorted use of data, discrepancies and poor argument, distinguishing opinion from supported theory, tracing citations from research studies for validity and reliability, or reporting on peer review and juried panel review in research approval and scientific community acceptance. Properties of single figures, coordinate geometry and constructions  

9A3: Represent and describe with the language of geometry real-life objects, paths and regions in space.


9A4: Apply properties of two- and three-dimensional models to solve problems.

    Connections between and among multiple geometric figures  

9B1: Solve problems using relationships between and among figures.


9B2: Represent and describe with the language of geometry intersections and cross sections of three-dimensional objects.

Design Process

Student Response

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