Materials List: The Amazing Buckyball:
How to Track Nanomaterials in the Human Body

For the teacher to use:

For the teacher to prepare in advance:

  • fluorescent paint, to label at least one pipe cleaner for each group; find fluorescent paint at craft stores such as Michaels, from $2.50 - $9.99, in small bottles or as a paint pen

Each group needs:

  • scissors
  • 24 pipe cleaners; 16 of one color, 8 of another; with 1-2 pipe cleaners per group painted with fluorescent paint beforehand; $8 for 350 at Michaels or $12.95 for 500 at Amazon
    • pipe cleaners for arts and crafts are usually ~30.5 cm (12 inches) long
    • 16 pipe cleaners will be cut in half, making 32 pieces total; of those pieces, 20 will be made into hexagons and 12 will be made into pentagons
    • 8 pipe cleaners will be cut into 3.8 cm (1.5 inches) pieces, making 64 pieces total
    • Make sure to have extra pipe cleaners of each color on hand 
  • clear adhesive tape (in case some pipe cleaners do not hold together)
  • Buckyball Instructions
  • access to the Internet

For the class to share:

  • black light flashlight, such as the Escolite UV Flashlight Black Light for $10 from Amazon