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NEATEC & Trinity College - Module 1 - What is nanoscience?

By Erin Crimmel1, Trinity College Dublin Ireland with NEATEC updates and edits2

1. Northeast Advanced Technological Education Center (NEATEC) 2. Centre for Research on Adaptive Nanostructures and Nanodevices

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This module serves as an introduction to nanoscience and nanotechnology. Nanoscience is becoming increasingly more prevalent in both society and industry. As a result, it is important to make pupils aware of what it is and how it can impact their lives. To enable discussion about nanoscience, pupils will first be introduced to the Nanoscale. At the Nanoscale, properties of materials differ from those of the same bulk material. In this module, these interesting effects that take place at the Nanoscale will be discussed. To conclude this introductory module, examples of where nanotechnology can be used in our everyday lives are discussed.


PowerPoint Presentation Slideshow
Student Notes Handout
Teacher's Notes
What is Nanoscience? Workbook
What is Nanoscience? Video (Quicktime/MP4), (Windows Media Player)

A NEATEC Learning Module (NLM) is a self-contained unit that can be incorporated into existing science, math, and technology lessons to supplement and enhance the content and the laboratory activities of the lessons. Each module includes all or some of the following sections:

•Background information about the topic of the unit
•A teacher's guide
•A student's guide
•List of lab materials for laboratory activities
•A list of teacher's and student's resources
•Power Point slides

NLM 9-12. These are units suitable for students in grades 9rd to 12th grades.

NEATEC Learning Modules include topics on Nanotechnology, Semiconductors, Photovoltaic, Alternate Energy, Mathematics, General Science and Technology.


Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland

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National Science Foundation Grant #DUE1003574

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