The NanoTechnology Group Inc., is a Consortium of like-minded associates working to facilitate a nanoscience education globally for K-12, workforce training and 2-4 year universities.
I thank all of you who visit our websites and share the resources provided with teachers and students around the world with gratitude. Each one who passes on a link with love and curiosity opens the mind of another child for their future. The following interactive resource will help parents and teacher 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.
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 (2011) 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.
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
What keeps young people working on hard problems in science & technology? Research shows it's most often the sustained support of inspiring teachers, mentors, & communities with shared values.
This month, Foresight is targeting the top 300 science, engineering, & entrepreneurial college clubs, high school STEM teachers, and gifted youth programs across the country … and connecting them with great ideas & people!
We're sending bright young minds the following books by speakers, advisors, and supporters of the Foresight community (organizations sponsoring individual book donations are in parentheses):
Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think - Peter Diamandis (XPrize Foundation)
Engines of Creation - K Eric Drexler (Foresight Institute)
Imagine Design Create - Tom Wujec (AutoDesk)
The Singularity Is Near - Ray Kurzweil (KurzweilAI, SingularityU)
Ending Aging - Aubrey de Grey (SENS Foundation)
100+ - Sonia Arrison (Thiel Foundation)
Global Catastrophic Risks - Nick Bostrom (FHI, Singularity Institute)
NanoScience Education, WorkForce Training, and K12 Resources - Miguel Aznar/Judith Lightfeather (Foresight - for STEM HS)
We're also planning an inspiring Essay Contest that incentivizes students to read, reflect, & connect with our communities! Supporting sister organizations such as Space Frontier Foundation, Humanity+, SENS, and 20Under20+are also putting promotional material in book-boxes.
We need your help to make this pilot a success.
Most books came in as physical donations, but this is a bootstrapped project; we're still seeking funds to support the financial incentive prizes and student conference tickets. If you'd like to help maximize this project's leverage, please contribute!
Whether $5 for one book's postal costs or $5K for essay prizes, every $ counts.
For more information, contact our Director of Outreach: desireeATforesight.org
Limits of Perception
The Science Channel - 45 minutes
"It is entirely possible that behind the perception of our senses, worlds are hidden of which we are unaware." - Albert Einstein
This video is an example of how to teach science in a holistic manner from the nanoscale to the cosmos so that students of all ages will gain a better understanding of nature and how the world works.
New 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
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.
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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 at Kahn Academy and make suggestions to their team to add nanoscale science as a 'size' that is the 'foundation of nature' within 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
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
Our Education Work Continues...
During the past 15 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 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?