Materials World Modules

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

Nanotechnology Module Alignment to National Standards

AAAS Benchmark Standards


NSES Standards

NCTM Standards

Grades 9-12

Module Alignment

Grades 9-12

Module Alignment

Grades 9-12
Module Alignment

1. Nature of Science


A. Science as Inquiry

Numbers & Operations

The Scientific worldview

Ability to do scientific inquiry

Understanding number relations

Scientific inquiry

Understanding scientific inquiry

Understand meanings of operations

The Scientific enterprise

B. Physical Science


Compute fluently and estimate
2. Nature of Mathematics  

Structure of atoms



Patterns and relationships

Structure and properties of matter

Understand patterns, relations and functions

Mathematics, science, and technology

Chemical reactions

Analyze math situations using algebraic symbols

Mathematical Inquiry

Motions and forces

Use mathematical models to understand quantitative relationships

3. Nature of Technology


Conservation of energy and increase in disorder

Analyze change in various contexts

Technology and science

Interactions of energy and matter



Design and systems

C. Life Sciences


Analyze characteristics and properties of two- and three-dimensional geometric shapes

Issues in technology

The cell

Specify locations and describe spatial relationships using coordinate geometry

4. The Physical Setting


E. Science and Technology


Apply transformations and use symmetry

Structure of matter

Ability of technological design

Use visualization, spatial reasoning, and geometric modeling

Energy transformations

Understanding science and technology





Apply appropriate techniques, tools, and formulas to determine measurements.

Force of nature



Analysis and Probability


8. The Designed World


Formulate questions that can be addressed with data and collect and display relevant data to answer them

Materials and manufacturing



Select and use appropriate statistical methods to analyze data

9. The Mathematical World


Problem Solving





Process standard I

Symbolic relationships





Process standard III





11. Common Themes

Process standard IV







Process standard V

Constancy and change




Design Process

Student Response

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