mid-2010 the Australian Nanotechnology Alliance and the Australian Centre of
Excellence for Functional Nanomaterials were commissioned by the Federal
Government Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research to create a
learning tool for nanotechnology. What
was created was the Buckyball puzzle, a 3-dimensional, hands on interactive
puzzle which when finished take the shape of a Buckyball.
Buckball puzzles proved instantly popular with kids and adults alike. Since creation, approximately 35,000 of these
Buckyball puzzles have been printed and distributed around Australia.
the puzzle itself, useful information concerning nanotechnology can be read on
both sides of the flat puzzle sheet before being put together. There are also visually appealing, colourised
electron microscope pictures of various nanomaterial structures on both sides.
Contact the ANA to
obtain one (or several) of these Buckyball puzzles.