We hope you also enjoy the following experience to understand why nanoscale science is important to introduce to children through size - it does Matter!
Size Matters: The Scale of the Universe 2 down to the Plank scale
Interactive slide allows students to view the entire known scales and wavelengths of each scale.
A wonderful introduction to all ages that teachers can offer in their classrooms. Try it out with your children and enjoy this interactive tool, then pass it on to another. Size matters in science and this tool is also fun.
Nano News has always been an important area of The NanoTechnology Group Inc. mission to raise public awareness with discussions of societal implications and new developments in the commercialization of the technology through our online media. As an early advocate of the importance of global nanoscience education in 1998, we had to search for news. However, with the approval of the Nanotechnology Initiative in 2000, funding for the NanoCenters started to flow and by 2002 our organization had the vision of developing NanoNEWS.TV as an online video website for the future.
As the science and technology have matured over the past 13 years, we find that keeping this news website updated is a daily process that requires more than our volunteer efforts can manage. Therefore, if you are in the process of making a decision to start a nano-focused news station, please contact Judith.LightFeather@TNTG.org to discuss your ideas and consider the possibilities that our 13-year online presence offers as a respected International nanonews source.
As the research moves forward in nanomanufacturing many issues will arise that the public needs to be aware of for the future. Our goal has always been to present accurate news gathering on the research and development areas of nano science and the resulting nanotechnology, while disseminating the issues that will arise from the rapid commercialization of products in the marketplace, in order to develop public awareness of the benefits versus the problems as they arise. Visit all of our news sections to gain a better understanding of the advancement of nano science and nanotechnology and how it will change your future.
Eliminate Ineffective Education
Using this Holistic, "Bottom-Up" Approach
Nanoscience Education, Workforce Training, and K-12 Resources
Judith Light Feather and Miguel F.Aznar
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The nanotech revolution waits for no man, woman...or child.
The first book of its kind, Nanoscience Education, Workforce Training, and K–12 Resources presents a practical strategy to jumpstart nano-awareness in both the public and private sectors at every level, beginning with grades K–12, the effective gestation point for future ideas and information.
The book's four sections cover:
Cat. #: 53949
ISBN 10: 1420053949
Publication Date: December 21, 2010
Number of Pages: 341
Availability: In Stock
Binding(s): Paperback | Available in e-book!
Publisher has released Chapter 9- K-12 Resources for download as a preview with over 100 links.
Also available at Amazon.com
Designed for nano-aware individuals in both the public and private sectors, this volume—the first of its kind—provides a concise, readable resource on nanoscience education and workforce development in the field. The first part of the book provides a historical perspective on the complexity of K-12 education communities, while presenting inspiring examples of successful changes, including a definition of nanotechnology and a broad evaluation of the global and national landscapes of the field. The second section, Teaching Nanotechnology, turns to the critical process of teaching K-12 students the skills to understand and evaluate emerging technologies they will encounter in the future. The third part investigates the current status of developed teaching materials with links to all resources, evaluating the US model and comparing with others around the world. The last section considers plans of action, offering links to sustainable development tools. It is a book designed to enhance awareness, review the facts, and fabricate a platform from which to launch a plan.
Note from Author: Judith Light Feather
The book is designed for school boards, administrators,teachers, students and homeschool educators who would like to take advantage of all the resources developed from National Science Foundation funding at over 85 Nano Centers and Universities. It is the most up-to-date resource book for curriculum that has been developed as outreach resources.(most of the resources are provided gratis) Since budgets are decreasing for public schools, e-learning materials will become very important for the future of education. Our organization has worked continuously since the late 90's to recommend facilitation of new avenues of teaching science that can be adopted by teachers and students, which are included as inspiration and challenges to adopt a holistic approach in teaching all aspects of science to encourage students to "connect the dots" as they explore the scales of nature from nano to the cosmos.
Miguel Aznar, Education Director of the Foresight Institute, has authored a section on how to teach students to evaluate and understand all new and advanced technologies. We hope that libraries will include this book for teachers and parents who wish to stay on top of changes that are necessary for students to function in a world that includes advanced nano, bio, AI (artificial intelligence, robotics) and info technologies that are rapidly entering the marketplace.
Last month I tried to donate a copy of the book to our local Nacogdoches Public Library, for teachers and students to access the resources. The book was refused as they stated that it did not fit any current catagories on their bookshelves. Needless to say, I was really surprised and stated, "I thought libraries were for learning." The answer was "No, you can donate it to the Stephen F. Austin University Library and if anyone wishes to read it, they will send it over here." So, I followed through and donated it to their library, which is right next to the School of Education. Hopefully, they will place it on their shelves which might help the new teachers in training. It is very discouraging to accept this type of attitude from a library that I patronize consistantly. I just hope that it is not the generally accepted behavior of all public libraries to refuse a book donation that might help students and teachers. Only time will tell. Respectfully, Judith Light Feather
New Monthly Nanoscience Education and Workforce Training Column at Nanotech-Now
Nanoscience Education & Workforce Training
June 10th, 2011
Teaching Nanoscale Science to K-12 Students
Judith Light Feather
President, The NanoTechnology Group Inc
Why do all students have to learn about nanoscale science?
Over the past 15 years I have attempted to answer this question in many ways, sometimes successfully and more often than not, have faced objections from all levels of educators. There are many stumbling blocks placed against inclusion of new areas of science in all grades. Many educators have become complacent teaching only the required standard-based curriculum for students in K-12. Many educators state that students are struggling to learn the basics in these primary subjects and are not competent in passing standardized testing in math, reading and grammar. Therefore, science topics are considered too difficult for them to comprehend at an early age. Getting past this first objection, along with the fact that teachers are overloaded with paperwork, mandatory state and federal testing and do not have time to introduce a new subject, has been an ongoing challenge. The second issue stated by teachers, "They do not know where to insert the resources developed as nanoscale science curriculum into their current teaching matrix. The universities that developed the curriculum did not match it to their current textbooks." Read the Whole Article at: http://www.nanotech-now.com/columns/?article=545
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