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The purpose and mission of The NanoTechnology Group Inc., is to provide a supportive and collaborative advisory role to our members for facilitation and development of innovative Nano scale Science Education to include subject specific math curriculum targeted for grades preK-20, featuring Interactive Virtual Nano Science Classrooms for Global access and Virtual Interactive Nano Science Laboratories (nano-lab) for experiential learning, along with Massive Online Role-playing Games for Education globally. As a Solution Based Organization, we continuously post new resources for teachers/students/parents while seeding the ideas into the matrix for implementation. Explore our site and if you resonate with our vision and mission, contact us for discussion/consultation of your targeted projects for development or visit our Projects 2010 and join our efforts.
Eliminate Ineffective Education
Using this Holistic, "Bottom-Up" Approach
Nanoscience Education, Workforce Training and K-12 Resources
Judith Light Feather and Miguel F. Aznar
New... Book Reviews!
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:
- Teaching Nanotechnology
- Nanoscience Resources and Programs
- Framework Applied
Cat. #: 53949
ISBN 10: 1420053949
Publication Date: December 21, 2010
Number of Pages: 341
Availability: In Stock
Binding(s): Paperback | Available in e-book!
Nanoscienceworks.org has posted the first Interview
with the Authors on their website.
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 nationwide 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.
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
Each month we will review selected free resources and keep you updated on any progress on the new science standards now in development. This is a difficult year for educators with all the budget cuts and teacher lay-offs, therefore, providing free global resources for nanoscience to support students is our ultimate goal.
FEATURED VIDEO: Introduction to Nanoscience, A Landmark Textbook
Watch this Flash video for an engaging overview of 'Introduction to Nanoscience', a landmark textbook now part of the curriculum at more than 40 institutions.
This leading textbook introduces students to chemistry, physics, and biology and even societal aspects of nanoscale science, as well as an overview of characterization and fabrication methods.
Khan Academy aims to reinvent education globally
Watch. Practice. Learn almost anything—for free.
What started out as Sal Khan making a few algebra videos for his cousins has grown to over 2,100 videos and 100 self-paced exercises and assessments covering everything from arithmetic to physics, finance, and history.
Help us change education
The small team is on a mission to deliver a world-class education to anyone anywhere, and you can help. Take a second to get the word out, or read about how teachers, translators, donors, and everyone else can contribute.
A note from Judith Light Feather:
"View the courses and make suggestions to their team to add nanoscale science as a 'size' that is the 'foundation of nature' before it becomes matter. Start to address science as an ecosystem showing the interrelated patterns and relationships from the nanoscale to the cosmos. We all need to work together.
I have reviewed this website and it matches our original vision of Global Virtual Interactive Education, Anytime, Anywhere for Everyone."
Watch more videos about the Khan Academy
NanoArt 2011 INTERNATIONAL ONLINE COMPETITION
The 5th Anniversary Edition
Winners will be notified and published online on May 31, 2011.
Teachers/students are encouraged to visit our 2010 projects page for more details on participation in the NanoArt k12 program.
You are also invited to participate in our new program with...
our new project partner Aspex Corporation
who has offered to provide SEM scans for students
of objects from the natural world such as
insects, leaves, flowers, seeds, fingernails, hair, etc.
New YOU TUBE video of PSEM scanner by ASPEX is online...
A great way for teachers and students to learn how the scanner works!
We have moved all of our news pages to a separate site that can now include video newsclips for nano science, education and technology. Visit www.NanoNEWS.TV
New Videos on the State of Education
Two Million Minutes Trailer: A Global Examination
Order a DVD of the Movie at:
Ed in '08: The State of America's Schools
Watch the videos at
Our Education Work Continues...
During the past 10 years we have seeded many ideas into the global consciousness to stimulate preparing our students for their future. Many resources are now available for schools to incorporate into their standard curriculum and some of them are developed by our member universities and provided on our site free for inclusion.
Due to the complicated structure of our education paradigm these resources are not being used in the schools across the United States. Nano science is the new foundation for the integration of all science and engineering courses for the next generation and is being taught at the primary grade level throughout the Asian-Pacific countries. Therefore, our goal through 2010 is to work with publishers and content providers who can include these new materials for grades K-12 as visual elements to expand our student's knowledge base and prepare them for a very different future in a global society enhanced by all of the integrated science research now in process. We are also working with school districts where teachers are responsible for writing their own curriculum to encourage the use of our free resources as in-depth lessons to strengthen their mandated science courses.
Take a few minutes to watch the video with the open mind of a futurist and realize that all aspects shown in the video are now being developed rapidly in research labs around the world. The world is changing but our education matrix remains in the Industrial version of reality. We are not even close to understanding, nor preparing our students for these major changes they will face in the next few decades.
To gain a better understanding of the relevance and importance of our mission concerning an integrated innovative learning matrix for students, take a look at the project created by Peter Pesti at Georgia Tech College of Computing. This is the initial release of the "Detailed Roadmap of the 21st Century" compilation, a year by year bullet point list of notable advances expected to happen in the 21st century, from 2006 onwards. Karsten Staack made the following video using his selection of the predictions from the research:
The 21st Century: What will it look like?
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