Build A Buckyball Workshop

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Program for

K12 Teacher
K12 Student

Experience Type

Academic Preparation
Class Visits


One-time experience


Materials Research Laboratory (MRL)

The "Build a Buckyball" workshop is based on a molecular model kit of the Carbon-60 molecule (the Buckminsterfullerene). Students, ranging from elementary to middle school, are given a brief PowerPoint introduction focused on Materials science and the scale of the nanometer, different forms of carbon and the relationship between molecular structure and material properties. As part of the workshop, students build their own six-inch Buckyball models with instruction by UCSB graduate student volunteers. The workshop is flexible enough to adapt to different environments including summer programs, school year classrooms, after-school programs and special events.