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This community is a place to share information on teaching nanoscience to high school students. Resources on nanoHUB that are geared towards high school students will be highlighted, and links provided to good material outside nanoHUB. We encourage contributions from the community! If you teach a nano-related lesson, consider sharing it with the community. You can informally share your material through a file upload to a group collection, or the group manager will gladly help you create a nanoHUB publication.
A few links you may find especially useful:
- A Database of Nano Education Resources has been published on nanoHUB.
- The NSTA's The Big Ideas of Nanoscale Science and Engineering provides a nice framework in which to discuss ideas related to nanoscale science and engineering.
- There are many hands on activities as well as instructional videos available via NISE net, search for what you would like here: NISE Net's NanoDays Kit Contents Database.
Within this group, community members can also communicate with one another via the discussion forum, which is a good place to talk about lesson plans or ways that other teachers approach certain concepts, for example.
This group contains the following:
High School Resources on nanoHUB
By Emad Tajkhorshid
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Professor Emad Tajkhorshid speaks to University Laboratory High School students about his research in Computational Studies of Membranes and Membrane Associated Phenomena. Membrane proteins are of critical importance for all living cells. They are responsible for exchange of materials and information across cellular membranes, and participate in a wide range of metabolic, regulatory, and sensory mechanisms. His research focuses on structure function relationship of membrane proteins, in particular membrane channels and transporters, and understanding the mechanism of their function using simulation and computational methodologies. Recent advances in structural determination of membrane proteins have resulted in high resolution structures of several membrane proteins that we can use in simulation studies to understand how the architecture of the protein, and specific interactions and dynamics of its building blocks provide the basis of its mechanism of function.
1. University of Texas at El Paso
This PowerPoint presentation describes a brief history of how the transistor was developed, how a transistor works and its possible applications. It is at the high school level.
This lab is analogous with some nanofabrication processes. This lab will help students understand some of the challenges encountered while making semiconductor chips and waveguides, both of which are found in electronic circuits. The content is appropriate for students in middle school or high school.
This lab is designed to help students understand the following: the interdisciplinary fields of science, a practical application of chemistry in the real world, and the need to carefully conduct experiments and evaluate data in a collaborative environment. In this experiment, students will compare the toxicity of different concentrations of nanoparticle suspensions on brine shrimp, along with controls, to perform toxicity assays and data analysis.
Engineering the Classroom – Engineering science as the core for technology teacher education for the 21st century
By Michael De Miranda, Thomas J. Siller and Todd D. Fantz
Northwestern University (2009)
This NCLT seminar presentation will report on content analysis research of pre-service teacher/engineering science students’ ability to conceptualize, design, and evaluate student design brief solutions in high school technology classes.
By Adaku Ochia
Purdue University (2007)
This presentation discusses some online games at Generation-Nano.Org that are developed to teach nano-scaled science to a K-12 audience. The website holds games and exercises developed with Adobe Flash categorized as missions, to explain critical concepts of nanotechnology in an easy to understand form. The Carbon Nanotube Mission is comprised of three games with supporting interactive videos.
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University of California-Berkeley (2010) 7 Series
Series of lectures aimed at high school students from those already committed to careers in science to those committed to poetry, history, philosophy or to figuring out what they want to be committed to.
By Roger W. Falcone
Dr. Roger Falcone discusses X-ray tomography, a method that uses X-rays to produce three-dimensional images and movies of the smallest objects like cells, nano-structures, and microscopic events.
By Rachel Segalman
In addition to learning about an exciting nanoscience research area, and some visions of its future applications, teachers will find ideas for simple and effective classroom demonstrations, supported by an explanation of the physics underlying the phenomena.
Selected topics: polymers, tunability, polymer LEDs, renewable energy, polymer solar-cells, photolithography, demixing, photovoltaics, block copolymer self-assembly (and the “plumber’s nightmare”), nanopatterning.
Demonstrations include: water absorbing polymer from baby diapers, silly putty, a dotted drink, hot dog and floating magnets, milk and Red Bull demixing (thought-provoking: volume comparison)
By Carolyn R. Bertozzi,
Viruses are marvels of natural nano-engineering, but can pose a problem for human health. To combat these nano-machines, scientists are turning to recent developments in nanotechnology to prevent infection and cure disease.
High School Resources on the Web
Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network has lots of material for educators. The whatisnano.org site is for students and parents.
Nanotechnology Applications and Career Knowledge (NACK) Network Provides Educator Resources including introductory material that is appropriate for all levels of education.
Seattle’s Hub for Industry-driven Nanotechnology Education at North Seattle Community College.