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Nobel Prize Laureate Becomes Ambassador of "SimplyNano 1"
Since summer 2012 Nobel prize laureate and physicist Heinrich Rohrer is the ambassador for the nano experiment kit "SimplyNano 1". The kit addresses students from 7th to 10th grade introducing phenomena of nanotechnology in an interesting and comprehensive manner. Watch our recent video with Heinrich Rohrer and "SimplyNano 1".
The new experiment kit „SimplyNano 1“ has been developed by the SimplyScience foundation in cooperation with The Innovation Society, St.Gallen. It contains ready-to-use learning and teaching materials, chemicals and laboratory materials for 8 exciting experiments from the world of nanotechnology. The topics nano dimension, reactivity of nano particles and nano surfaces are explained in an illustrative and simple manner. The nano kit yields at promoting enthusiasm and understanding of natural scientific and technical topics.
Nobel Prize Laureate Becomes Ambassador of the "SimplyNano 1" Experiment Kit
Since summer 2012 the Nobel prize laureate and physicist Heinrich Rohrer is the ambassador of the experiment kit "SimplyNano 1". Heinrich Rohrer has awarded the Nobel prize in 1986 together with Gerd Binnig for the development of the scanning force microscope. This invention facilitated the depiction of structures at the nanoscale.
Thus, the invention of the scanning force microscope founded the basis for modern nano research and the development of nanotechnology applications. The "SimplyNano 1" experiment kit contains a LEGO® model of the scanning force microscope. This illustrates the functioning of the device in a comprehensive manner.
Video and Interview with Heinrich Rohrer
For more information watch the "SimplyNano 1" video that comes up with an interview with Nobel prize laureate and “SimplyNano 1” ambassador Heinrich Rohrer.
YouTube video: "SimplyNano 1" (German) : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xppGnpuUq3Q
Project site: "SimplyNano 1" experiment kit Link (German):
New Training Modul "Working Safely with Nanomaterials" for Schools Published
The issue of "Working Safely with Nanomaterials" has not been discussed in vocational training and company-specific instruction so far, though, due to their enhanced properties nanomaterials are increasingly processed in the value chain of different industries. The new training and instruction module “Working Safely with Nanomaterials” closes this gap. The module was developed by Helmut Elbert in cooperation with different experts from Switzerland. It is available in German so far. http://www.innovationsgesellschaft.ch/en/index.php?section=news&cmd=details&newsid=654&teaserId=4
"Simply Nano 1" Training Courses for Teachers
The new nano experiment kit "Simply Nano 1" has been developed by the Simply Science Foundation together with The Innovation Society, St.Gallen. It contains teaching and learning materials, chemicals to laboratory materials for eight exciting experiments from the world of nanotechnology. Participants of the training courses will become familiar with simple, practice-relevant examples and experiments of the nano kit. All participants Obtain the nano kit for free.
UBS Foundation Supports Swiss Nano-Cube
UBS Foundation for Social Issues and Education supports the Swiss Nano-Cube project with 150`000 CHF. This grant allows further teacher training courses for secondary school teachers.
MICHAEL HUG (St.Gallen) - Nanotechnology has become an "every-day-technology" during the past few years. Thousands of consumer products and many industrial applications are made with nanotechnology. Water-repellent and stain resistant textiles, stronger and lighter tennis-rackets or highly effective sunscreens contain nanomaterials. But also semi-finished products in commercial and industrial applications profit from the merits of nanomaterials. For this reason there is a need to teach nanotechnologies basics and their safe use also in school and in vocational training courses. For instance in building materials: Dirt resistant surface coatings and paints or antimicrobial plasterworks might need specific knowledge and handling compared to conventional materials. But education and vocational training obviously lag far behind the rapid development of emerging technologies.
(Picture: Members of Swiss Nano-Cube and UBS Foundation: Ivo Bischofberger, member of project group, Christoph Meili, Managing Director of The Innovation Society, Robert Rekece, Project Manager, The Innovation Society, Rainer Kirchhofer, Managing Director of UBS Foundation for social issues and education, Anton Simonet, Director UBS Eastern Switzerland (from left to right).
The Innovation Society, St.Gallen has spotted a massive backlog in basic education and professional training of teachers and professionals. In cooperation with the Swiss Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (SFIVET) the Swiss Nano-Cube platform (www.swissnanocube.ch) for nanotechnology knowledge and education has been developed since 2009. In the meantime Swiss Nano-Cube has become the national e-learning platform for secondary schools and vocational training organizations providing free information and teaching materials. "We consider Swiss Nano-Cube as an innovative and attractive E-Learning platform for students and teachers." says Christoph Meili, Managing Director of the Innovation Society. And Robert Rekece, Project Manager of Swiss Nano-Cube adds: "Upto now there weren`t any practical teaching materials available for vocational and professional education and also for secondary schools. Even though there are already thousands of products on the market.".
New Boost for the Project
The initial funding of the Swiss Nano-Cube platform has been provided by the Swiss Federal Office for professional education and technology (OPET) and the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN). As the funding will expire in the near future other organizations have to be found to continue the project. Ivo Bischofberger, Councillor of State of the Canton of Innerrhoden and member of the Advisory Board of Swiss Nano-Cube is concerned threefold: "The government has reduced the funding for the educational system in Switzerland. Therefore other financial resources have to be acquire", Bischofberger said. The financial support from the UBS Foundation is highly welcomed in these times. The foundation will provide 150´000 CHF in the following three years. "It`s part of the UBS culture and of our values to invest into public activities. Therefore I am glad to support such an excellent project like Swiss Nano-Cube", Rainer Kirchhofer, managing director of the UBS Foundation, said.
TV report on UBS-SNC support: http://www.swissnanocube.ch/en/news/indenmedien/tvo-beitrag-flash-video/
The Innovation Society, St.Gallen
The Innovation Society, St.Gallen is a spin-off consulting company from the University of St.Gallen based at the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials, Science and Technology (EMPA) in St.Gallen. The independent, successful company is focusing on new technologies like nanotechnologies since 2005. The company advises public and private organizations in innovation management, communication and training.
The UBS Education Initiative
The new UBS education initiative consists of six subprojects and will benefit the entire Swiss population. The initiative centers on the UBS International Center of Economics in Society at the University of Zurich where up to five chairs will be created in the coming years, thus stimulating cutting-edge international research into the economic sector. There will also be further projects beyond academia. The initiative will provide support to projects aimed at apprentices, young entrepreneurs, start-up companies and people over 50.
"Simply Nano 1" Training Courses for Teachers
The new nano experiment kit "Simply Nano 1" has been developed by the Science Foundation together with Simply The Innovation Society, St.Gallen. It contains teaching and learning materials, chemicals to laboratory materials for 8 exciting experiments from the world of nanotechnology. Participants of the training courses will become familiar with simple, practice-relevant examples and experiments of the nano kit. All participants obtain the nano kit for free.
"Nano Goes to Swiss Schools"
Just until now there was no educational device available for teaching nanotechnology at secondary school level. The "SimplyScience" foundation has thus released the nano experimental kit "SimplyNano 1" illustrating the dwarf technology. Teachers from all over the German speaking part of Switzerland were attracted to the realm of the atoms.
To date, there has not been any teaching material for nanotechnologies appropriate for secondary school level. The „SimplyScience“ foundation and the Innovation Society have thus developed the nanotechnology experimental kit „SimplyNano 1“ illustrating the "dwarf"-technology. Teachers from all over the German speaking part of Switzerland have attended a first series of training courses with the "SimplyNano 1" school kit.
A secondary school teacher from Rhine Valley and a grammar school teacher from St.Gallen are scratching their head over how to best fit the LEGO-bricks together. This challenge is not taken up in a children’s playroom but in the classroom at St.Gallen Teacher Training College (PH). Teachers from the Swiss Cantons of Thurgau, St.Gallen, Appenzell and Zurich have taken their seat in order to get an introduction to the ABCs of nanotechnology.
„Most people“, says course leader Christoph Meili, CEO of The Innovation Society, St.Gallen, „only have diffuse ideas of nanotechnology“. In order to proof that, he tests the knowledge of the participating teachers. And they name a lot: they talk about the "technology of the dwarfs" because nanus is Latin for dwarf and this technology operates at the size of atoms and molecules. One teacher mentions the „asbetos of the 21st century“ thus mentioning the insecurity about the consequences of the 10-9 technology. Another one hopes that nano-treated textiles will prevent him from sweating.
Lack of Information
The lack of information is still remarkable, says Meili. Actually "nano" refers just to dimension – crucial for the technology however are characteristic effects which are harnessed in nanotechnology applications. Nanotechnology operates thereby in structures from 1 to 100 nanometers. By manipulating these structures certain effects are achieved. Sun screens for example, with 40 nanometers big particles: Titanium dioxide that becomes immediately transparent with the effect that it becomes obsolete to rub the lotion for minutes. Meili tries to explain the nano effects to secondary teachers with the help of one further example. Aluminium foil serves for wrapping bread or cake pieces. Milling-down this foil to nano size, it can be made into rocket fuel. „The reactivity of a substance strongly depends on the fragmentation of the material“, explains the course leader. An example that the pupils might like.
Technological Job Profiles
Such illustration is the goal of the nano experiment kit that is introduced this afternoon. On behalf of the „SimplyScience“ foundation, The Innovation Society, St.Gallen has produced this teaching tool. The mission of „SimplyScience“ that launched the pilot series of the first 200 kits is the promotion of talents in science and technology, explains Sabine Kastner. The SimplyScience foundation from Zürich aims to present job profiles in technical and natural sciences to students thus illustrating them on their internet platform. The career choice after all is the decisive question at that age. The web-platform also provides natural scientific experiments and teaching-materials for teachers. The "SimplyNano 1" kit comprises 8 simple experiments from the nano world. Presentation slides, experiment manuals for students and teaching notes as well as all necessary chemicals and materials are in the box. Thereby three topics are focussed: 1. nanodimesion, 2.nano surfaces and 3. the reactivity of nanoparticles. In order to imagine the small dimensions the above mentioned LEGO bricks have to be assembled. Precisely speaking, students assemble an Atomic Force Microscope, an AFM model of LEGO equipped with a laser beam. Thus the principle of the atomic force microscope scanning the surface can be playfully understood and experienced. During the course teachers scan paper models while in nanotechnology atoms are on the surface of the sample.
Useful Lotus Effect
In order to demonstrate the functioning of nano surfaces the nano experiment kit explains the lotus effect which is occuring in nature. On the leaves of the lotus plant dirt and water roll off. This effect is a biological self protection mechanism which can be applied in technical products. The engineered lotus effect is demonstrated by means of carbon black layer on glass and metal or on nano-impregnated wood. Experiments, inter alia with the solubility of common salt, are conducted in order to explain the reactivity. „About two or three students can work with one kit at the same time“, says Meili who wants to distribute the kit all over Switzerland. The knowledge of nanotechnology is elementary for kids because there is an ever-growing number of products that are associated with nano. And to date, there has not been any teaching material.
The Council of States from Innerrhoden, Ivo Bischofberger, has advocated for broadening the knowledge of nanotechnology. In June 2011 he has made an interpellation to the Swiss Government demanding the promotion of the formation in nanotechnology at professional and middle schools. The Swiss Federal Councellor Johann Schneider-Ammann agreed on the important role of nanotechnology education. However, now it is up to companies to perpetuate the education platform „Swiss Nano-Cube“ that has been initially supported by the Swiss state. But so far there has not been anything concrete.
Loosely translated into English.
Source: Tagblatt, 20/03/2012
Further information: www.innovationsociety.ch
The International NanoScience Community, leading social network of nanotechnology researchers, students, industrial partners and users started collaboration with the new global nanotech database NANOacademia.
The main goal of the partnership is to bring on the Internet a better overview about nanosciences. WebPages, edited by individuals, András Paszternák (Nanopaprika.eu - Hungary) and Hasan Beigi (Nanoacademia.com - India) have the same inspiration to create connections between scientists across the world.
“I started Nanopaprika as a PhD student in 2007. After I heard about Hassan’s – who is now a PhD student - new portal, it was clear for me, that we need to join our efforts. There is lot of similarity between us; we both are addicted to nanotechnology. With this partnership we can show that researchers coming from different cultures, like Eastern-Europe and Asia can find the connecting language in Sciences.” – told András Paszternák, founder of Nanopaprika.
“There is no doubt that nanotechnology is one of the most interesting sciences in the 21st century. Nanotechnology is a promising solution for energy, medicine, environment etc. Many research groups around the globe devote their efforts in this area. Nanopaprika is one of the best nanotechnology communities in the World Wide Web brings together nanotechnologists. The collaboration between Nanopaprika and Nanoacademia is a great opportunity for me, thanks to Dr. András Paszternák for this partnership.” – reflect Hasan Beigi, editor of NANOacademia.
The integrated social network-database can be reach at http://www.nanopaprika.eu/nanoacademia
www.nanopaprika.eu - The heat is on for an online social networking community for nanoscientists. The International Nanoscience Community (TINC) has pulled together a community with more than 5500 members, researchers, students, industrial partners from Europe, India, the USA, and 80 other countries. TINC is open to everyone from post-doctorial researchers and professors to students everywhere. “There is only one important assumption: you have to be interested in nano!”
www.nanoacademia.com – Nanoacademia is a global portal about nanotechnology which founded to ease and continuous access to latest news of nanoscience. Nanoacademia publishes the most important nanotechnology news and includes exclusive sections for nano specialists, directories of research institutes and companies around the world, events, job opportunities, nanotechnology degree programs, books and videos.
African Scientific Institute
The African Scientific Institute (ASI) was founded in 1967. It is a non-profit organization representing a network of scientists, engineers, technologists, and health professionals, as well as young people aspiring to enter the world of science and technology.
ASI is striving to get more minorities to pursue careers in science and technology. ASI believes its network of resources, which includes informed professionals, has a particular obligation to interact with the youth in the community. Through various programs sponsored by ASI, young people have an opportunity to learn of the possibilities and rewards of a technical profession.
Industry's First Piezo Physics App - Free
Auburn, MA, PI (Physik Instrumente) L.P. – a leading manufacturer of precision motion control systems — has updated it’s piezo physics app.
PI is the first nano/micropositioning company to offer its own informative, (mostly) non-commercial app for portable devices like the iPhone, iPad and Android phones and tablets.
Available free from the Apple App Store and the Android Market, the new Piezo University app offers illustrated glossaries, tutorials on piezo physics and mechanical design, and links to important industry resources.
All content is served live so it's always up-to-date and requires minimal storage. With its attractive, intuitive touch-enabled design and a wealth of thoughtful content, Piezo University deserves a place on your home screen.
Welcome to Leica Science Lab!
Learn. Share. Contribute.
Leica Science Lab is a scientific and educational portal that offers topics concerning microscopy and histology, ranging from the basics to specific application know-how. It is dedicated to be a lively, constantly developing science portal containing high-quality content, regularly publishing new and interesting articles, applications and tutorials, and having a steadily growing community of participating authors and experts.
'Free Nano Science Magazine for School Children
in Indian Regional Languages'
Blog post added by abdulkareem:at TINC
We publish online and print magazine on nano science and technology focused on Indian school students. This team help school students understamd nanoscience in three regional languages. Magazines are free for educators.
Blog post link:
The Second issue of the "KunhanLogam" magazine. You can also read it online on http://kunhanlogam.blogspot.com/2011/04/2-2011.html
June Issue Nano Magazine for Kids - Nano Ulagam (English) http://nanoulagam.blogspot.com/2011/06/nano-ulagam-issue-2-june-2011.html
Swiss Nano-Cube: New Knowledge and Education Platform
for Nanotechnologies Launched and Online
NEW...Our interactive "Nanorama-Loft" game has been translated into english. http://www.swissnanocube.ch/en/home/
The players have to find 42 every-day nanoproducts in a students Loft and have to answer questions.
Nanotechnology is an enabling technology and offers huge potentials. Ultra-light materials, more efficient solar cells, “smart” textiles or new therapeutic methods to fight cancer are a few examples of promising nanotechnology applications. Today, the development of new and innovative products is increasingly often based on nanotechnologies in many industry segments. This is also challenging the educational system, but only few practice-oriented offers for teaching and learning exist and most teachers have not received any nano-specific education yet.
In order to close this gap, the Innovation Society St.Gallen and the Swiss Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (SFIVET) have developed the Swiss Nano-Cube platform which provides materials for school lessons as well as comprehensive background information for those interested in nanotechnologies.
From the Interactive “Nano Game” to the Nobel Prize in Physics
Swiss Nano-Cube is a knowledge and education platform offering insights and contents in diverse areas of nanotechnologies. Playing the interactive Nanorama game, you can discover everyday nanoproducts. The NanoTeachBox offers didactic material for teaching and learning, video clips, presentations and much more to be used in class. With regards to the Year of Chemistry in 2011 and with the support of Metrohm Foundation, a nano chemistry module has been developed. It contains detailed instructions on how to perform illustrating nanotechnology-related experiments particularly for chemistry classes. In addition, Swiss Nano-Cube offers a broad spectrum of background information on basic mechanisms and effects in the nano world and on economic, social and technical issues of nanotechnologies, as well as practical information useful for the professional life. Furthermore, Swiss Nano-Cube offers TeachNano courses for the advanced training of teachers.
The platform will be evaluated by the end of 2011 and further developed with the help of experts from economy, science and education. In particular, new modules will be developed and further multilingual contents will be integrated (French, Italian and English).
To stay updated with further developments of the Swiss Nano-Cube platform, please subscribe to the dedicated Swiss Nano-Cube newsletter at http://www.swissnanocube.ch/en/news/newsletter/
Knowledge and Dialogue for a Better Understanding
Swiss Nano-Cube is supported by private organisations and several Swiss Federal Offices (OPET, FOEN, FOAG). With their commitments, the Swiss public authorities follow the existing national strategy for the promotion of young talents in technical and scientific jobs and actively contribute to increase public communication on the opportunities and risks of nanotechnologies as it is mentioned in the Swiss Action Plan on Nanotechnologies. Swiss Nano-Cube as a pathbreaking educational platform thus emphasises the pioneering role of Switzerland in education and technology.
Swiss Nano-Cube Project Lead
The Innovation Society St.Gallen is a advisory spin-off from the University of St.Gallen. The company is a pioneer in nanotechnology consulting with a focus on innovation management and communication. The company is based at the technology center (tebo) of the EMPA in St.Gallen. www.innovationsociety.ch.
Marianne Dietiker (project lead) | E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org | Phone: +41 (0) 71 274 72 66
The Swiss Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (SFIVET) is the competence center of the Swiss Federation for vocational education and training and provides tertiary-level basic and continuing training to professionals.
Martin Vonlanthen (lecturer formation) | E-Mail: email@example.com | Phone: +41 (0) 31 910 37 10
Indian school children to test new, low-cost electronic notepad
Rice, NTU, ViDAL test power-stingy 'I-slate' in rural Indian classroom
HOUSTON -- (Nov. 8, 2010) -- Thanks to a partnership between Singapore's Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Houston's Rice University and an Indian nonprofit, Villages for Development and Learning Foundation (ViDAL), some of the estimated 100 million Indian children who attend schools without electricity may soon have access to one of the world's most advanced electronic notepads.
"President Obama's visit to India this week highlights Indian economic achievements, but India's full economic potential will only be realized with sustainable, low-cost technologies that benefit all segments of the population," said Krishna Palem, a Rice University professor who is leading an effort on three continents to create a low-cost, electronic version of the hand-held slates that millions of Indian children use in schools today.
Palem's brainchild -- a device dubbed the I-slate -- is in development at the Institute of Sustainable and Applied Infodynamics (ISAID) at NTU. The first prototypes of the I-slate, which were built at NTU this summer by a team that included three Rice undergraduates, are set to undergo their second round of tests in India later this month.
Palem, who directs ISAID, said the I-slate is the first of a series of electronic notepads being built around a new class of green, power-stingy microchips that use a fraction of the electricity of today's computer chips. Under development in partnership between ISAID and Switzerland's Center for Electronics and Microtechnology, the chips will make it possible for the I-slate to run on solar power from panels similar to those used in hand-held calculators.
The I-slate began to take shape over the summer, and early prototypes were introduced in tests at a school near Hyderabad in early August.
"Children in Indian village schools are just like their peers anywhere in the world: eager to learn, tech savvy, and willing to try new pedagogical tools that engage their creative minds,"said Rajeswari Pingali, ViDAL president. "The I-slate can help bring the marvels of ICT into thousands of rural schools and contribute to an improved learning experience."
A nonprofit based in Hyderabad, ViDAL is partnering with ISAID to test the first I-slates in Mohd Hussainpalli village, some 70 miles southwest of Hyderabad in a drought-prone area.
"There are many factors involved -- good nutrition, a good psychological environment, attentive teachers and appropriate learning and teaching tools. We can't control all of these, but ViDAL is active in areas where we can make a difference, like nutrition and teaching tools. We believe the I-slate has great potential once its design caters to local needs and strengths," Pingali added.
Rice undergraduates Lauren Pemberton and Shelby Reinhardt were first introduced to the project in a spring course on sustainable engineering, spent 10 weeks this summer at NTU writing a self-directed mathematics teaching application for the first I-slate prototypes. In early August, Reinhardt and Pemberton accompanied Pingali and Vincent Mooney, ISAID's chief I-slate hardware architect, to see how a class of 10- to 13-year-olds liked the new device.
"Most of these students have never used a computer or seen a video game, so we really didn't know how they'd react to the I-slate," said Reinhardt, a junior chemical engineering major.
"They immediately picked up on the technology," said Pemberton, a junior cognitive sciences major. "They clearly didn't like some of the things we expected to work really well, like the button placement, but they loved the scratch-pad application which was added at the last minute."
Social scientists and volunteers from ViDAL will work with Palem and Mooney's ISAID team to refine both the I-slate hardware and teaching content. The team plans to conduct a long-term test at Hussainpalli Government School to track the academic progress of students who use the I-slate.
"Developing an electronic notepad that is green, requires very little energy to operate and that could even run on solar energy in future is in line with NTU's emphasis on sustainability research," said NTU President Su Guaning. "The research will not just help in the sustainability of our planet but the development of such sustainable, low-cost technologies will also help the poorer communities in the world to close the digital divide. It will be life-changing and it will help to improve lives."
In March 2009, the I-slate was chosen by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) as one of seven technologies that "will have world-changing implications on the way humans interact with machines, the world and each other."
New Programme NANOYOU for ages 11-18 started in October 2010
NANOYOU will have a very strong school programme on nanotechnologies (NTs) aimed at students aged 11-18, which will be completely adapted to their educational needs.
Nanoyou offers Teacher Training kits for different age groups, as well as for science centres. The modules are available to all teachers interested in organising educational activities within their schools, and includes background materials, literature and specific case studies, all related to the contents of other tools and workshops developed within Nanoyou.
The school programme focuses on three topical sub-areas: information and communication technology (ICT), energy and environment, and medicine. Resources and training materials are available for educators, as well as the Web Portal where students can actively participate in virtual dialogues, experiments and games.
NANYOU’s school programme will be implemented in two stages, a first one with pilot schools selected via an open call (beginning in January 2010) and a second one open to all schools (beginning in October 2010).
The science centres programme will be targeted towards the 19-25 age groups and will be more focused, with specific discussions about the sub-area of NT and ICT. This programme will begin in January 2010 and will initially be targeted towards participants around La Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie in Paris and the Centre de Culture Scientifique Techinique et Industrielle in Grenoble.
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Supported by the European Commission
New Australian Teaching Resource
AccessNano was a natural progression from the award-winning Australian nanotechnology teaching resource SHINE, which was created by science teachers at St Helena Secondary College in Melbourne, Australia.
AccessNano (www.accessnano.org) was launched in November 2008 - please do have a read of our website, and explore the teaching modules, with accompanying user guides, experiments, activities and animations.
National Nanotechnology Initiative Education Center
Materials and resources for teachers and students K-12
Rice-African partnership is open-education blockbuster
Houston-based Rice University and Cape Town, South Africa-based Shuttleworth Foundation today announced plans to jointly develop one of the world's largest, most comprehensive sets of free online teaching materials for primary and secondary school children. Using their open-education projects -- Rice's Connexions and the Shuttleworth's Siyavula -- the organizations will work to transform South African primary and secondary education with a bold initiative based on open-access educational content, open-source software, and online educator communities.
Connexions, Shuttleworth Foundation to offer hundreds of free K12 lessons
HOUSTON -- (Nov. 10, 2008) -- Houston-based Rice University and Cape Town, South Africa-based Shuttleworth Foundation today announced plans to jointly develop one of the world's largest, most comprehensive sets of free online teaching materials for primary and secondary school children. Using their open-education projects -- Rice's Connexions and the Shuttleworth's Siyavula -- the organizations will work to transform South African primary and secondary education with a bold initiative based on open-source software, online educator communities and open copyright licenses.
Ultimately, the group hopes to offer a complete suite of the highest caliber K12 materials online for free. This comprehensive repository of educational resources includes everything from online textbooks to classroom activities, experiments and training materials. Connexions and Siyavula will work together to create the repository, and Siyavula will create an online community of educators in South Africa that will expand, update and use the lessons. The newly created content will reside in the Connexions repository, one of the largest open-education resources (OER) repositories.
An OER pioneer, Connexions is both a platform and repository that lets people create, share, modify and review open educational materials. All Connexions modules are freely accessible to anyone, anywhere, anytime. Because it is licensed under the Creative Commons attribution license, all material in Connexions is available to the world to use and reuse for free. The Connexions platform will be used to distribute the project’s content.
"The Siyavula/Connexions project is one of the most powerful open-education partnerships in history," said Connexions Executive Director Joel Thierstein. "We are humbled by the resources the Shuttleworth Foundation, the Hewlett Foundation and the Maxfield Foundation have brought to bear on the issues of global education. The realization of an enlightened, educated world is an amazing thing to be a part of.
"The Connexions platform allows materials to be translated and remixed to make them culturally relevant and thus usable throughout the world," Thierstein added. "Connexions allows instructors to rearrange lessons, reorder chapters and add their own materials, in effect giving each teacher the ability to create his or her own customized textbook. Finally, the Connexions platform makes it easy to print materials, as well."
Siyavula Project Manager Mark Horner said the Rice-Shuttleworth team will create the software that South African educators need to develop and maintain a comprehensive set of educational resources that cover the entire South African school curriculum.
"Siyavula decided not to build its own platform as an excellent solution already existed in the form of Connexions," Horner said. "It is important to collaborate with existing initiatives and not reinvent the wheel. This approach allows the pool of open educational resources to grow at an accelerated rate. Building on a solid, existing foundation is more cost-effective and adds to any initiative's possibility of sustainability."
The number of people using Connexions has grown by 40 percent over the past year, and with peak traffic of more than 1 million visits per month, Connexions is one of the world's most popular OER sites.
"Connexions represents openness in every way," Horner said. "The content housed on Connexions is openly licensed using Creative Commons licenses, the software is open source, and the team is open to collaboration and partnerships with like-minded initiatives. These match the values of the Shuttleworth Foundation in its open-source approach to social development."
Siyavula means "we are opening" in the Nguni family of languages. The Siyavula project is sponsored by the Shuttleworth Foundation, a South African organization that invests in social, technical and policy innovation in the fields of education and technology. The foundation works through active partnerships with local and international organizations.
Connexions was founded in 1999 as one of the first online open-educational resources (OER) and has long pioneered digital education. Connexions is a platform and repository for OER that lets people create, share, modify and vet open educational materials that are accessible to anyone, anywhere, anytime for free via the Web. Connexions' modular interactive information is in use by universities, community colleges, primary and secondary schools and lifelong learners worldwide. http://cnx.org/. Connexions: Create Globally, Educate Locally
MIT Professor teaches physics his way.
Watch video at: http://thoughtware.tv/videos/show/1618
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MIT professor and Web star Walter Lewin swings from pendulums and faces down wrecking balls to show students the zany beauty of science. Science teachers in high school can stimulate student's desire to learn physics from these lectures and videos.
Online Nanotechology Courses are developed in Thailand...
The second course which is still in the process of development has been offered by the Asian Institute of Technology in Thailand. The lectures are in place and there will be lessons, tests etc., Keep an eye on this one and check back often. Dr. Joydeep Dutta has offered to make these courses available to encourage nano science education globally. The NanoTechnology Group Inc. is very honored to have them as a working partner which strengthens our group efforts in nano education development. http://www.nano.ait.ac.th/
Fractal Geometry Program from the Netherlands
Fractal Growth Video on YouTube:
Fractal Imaginator (Fi)
The Fractal Imaginator Fi is very suitable for scientific research and education and can be the base for developing new fractal geometry courses for K-12, along with university courses.
A new fractal software program for navigating and creating Mandelbrot Sets, Julia sets and Julius Ruis sets has been released. The new program is named 'Fractal Imaginator (Fi)'. It was designed by Jules Ruis (The Netherlands) and programmed by Terry W. Gintz (USA). Terry is among the top ten in the world of programmers in the field of fractal software.
The Fractal Imaginator is an innovative new program for generating fractal images, which are very helpful for measuring wavy surfaces at the nano scale of science. Based on Fractal Zplot, parts of this program have been in continuous development since 1989. New additions to Imaginator are drawn from Jules Ruis' program "Fractal Awareness" algorithms. Fractal Imaginator currently supports Julius Ruis sets of Julia basins, orbit-traps, level sets, Newton's method, and Phoenix curves, as well as the standard Mandelbrot and "warped" Mandelbrot sets. 3D fractal types include quaternion, hypercomplex, cubic Mandelbrots, cquat and octonions.
The Julius Ruis set is a smart presentation of 400 Julia sets, showing that the Mandelbrot set is the parameter basin of all closed Julia sets.
The fractals can be created in 3D format. The output can be saved as bmp-file, jpg/gif-file, obj-file or stl-file. The stl-filing makes it possible to create real products, manufactured on rapid prototyping machines like 3D color printers of Z-corporation.
The program is based on scientific research, done in The Netherlands at the Eindhoven University of Technology.
The Fractal Imaginator (Fi) has been developed for Science, Technology, Art and Design.
Features of Fractal Imaginator:
- Getting Started Tutorial
- Julius Ruis maps for easy navigating of Julia basins
- Choice of 441, 25 or one image to a draw window
- 22 examples of Fractal Growth, including beautiful 8-fold symmetry
- 190 Built in Formulas + FraSZle Formula set
- Detailed Parser information for creating your own custom formulas
- Import option for loading FraSZle parameter files [FSZ]
- 3D quaternion exports:
- Wavefront object format [OBJ]
- Stereolithography [STL]
- Triangle mesh [POV]
- Smooth Triangle mesh [POV]
- Mesh simplification for smaller OBJ and POV export files
- Virtual reality [WRL]
- AutoCad [DXF]
- Palette-based coloring methods (60000+ colors out of 16 million)
- Adjustable lighting model with Phong highlights
- Random image generators and random genetic formula generator
- Batch mode for unattended image creation
- Integrated video routines allow easy morphing and rotating between key frames
- AVI object options for exporting single frames as 3D object files
- Pilot for easy panning, zooming and rotating 3D fractals
- Separate user-defined folders for file types like palettes, videos, objects and drawings
- Context help for menu commands and dialog windows
- PDF (printable) Manual
What are fractals?
Fractals are mathematical objects (2-dimensional images as well as 3-dimensional real objects) constructed by iterating mathematical formulas. The results are presented as unique and very beautiful images consisting of repeating patterns.
Using the program Fi you can input your own mathematical formulas and other relevant data. The created images are saved as bmp/jpg/png files or obj/stl/pov files. The image parameters are stored in separated data-files (.fim files). This way of storing can save much computer capacity.
After purchasing and installation of Fi on your own computer the Fi program will be automatically loaded and started by clicking the fim files on the internet page http://www.fractal.org (just like Adobe pdf files).
Visit the Fractal Science and Art Gallery
Thousands of fractal images have been constructed. Some are purely scientific, others look like colorful art. The results are placed in the Fractal Science and Art Galleries.
For 'Fractalary: Fractals from Planet to Atoms’ see (downloading will take about 30 seconds):
Fractal Tree Scaffolds for Tissue Engineering
Fractals are the language of Nature. Coastline, clouds and rivers are good examples. But also nature consists of fractal forms: trees, plants and human organs like brains, lungs and blood vessels. A special application for Tissue Engineering can be found on:
For some prototypes of Fractal Objects (e.g. blood vessels):
For a trail version of the Fractal Imaginator:
Learning Nanotechnology :: NanoMission Education Game
Action Adventures in the Nano world.
NanoMissiontm the world's first scientifically accurate interactive 3d learning game based on understanding nano-sciences and nanotechnology.
Another research game site in the U.K.
NanoReisen- Nano Journey, Adventures beyond the decimal
Takes you on an interactive video trip from the world of matter to the nano-cosmos
Nano vidoes for students from nanoTruck, Germany
A journey to the nanocosmos-a world of minute proportions.
Starting in January 2004, the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) sent the nanoTruck on its journey through Germany. The exhibit vehicle presents the complex, fascinating world of nanotechnology to the general public.
Three Quicktime movies to introduce students to nano science
Scientific research school held in Saarbrucken Germany
Location: Saarbrucken Germany Date: 26-05-08
Nanosensors for SPM -Lecturer: Oesterschulze Date: Monday, 30 June 2008
AFM - Biofilms - (tooth surface botritis) -Lecturer: Chr. Muller Date: Monday, 30 June 2008
AFM - Biofilms - (tooth surface botritis) nanomodification and tissue engineering in vitro -Lecturer: Unterrgger Date: Tuesday, 27 May 2008
Applied Nanotechnology in biomedical products- Lecturer: Rainer Hanselmann Date: Tuesday, 27 May 2008
Ultrasound based detection of nanoscaled contrast agents- Lecturer: Robert Lemor Date: Tuesday, 27 May 2008
Time Resolved Acoustic Mikoscopy- Lecturer: Eike, C , Wiess Date: Tuesday, 27 May 2008
Blood group sensing- Lecturer: Sandra, Wolff Date: Thursday, 29 May 2008
Videos of these presentations at:
Global Project now has lessons posted in 2008 for K-12 teachers and students
nanoHUB-Online simulations and more...
The nanoHUB is a web-based initiative spearheaded by the NSF-funded Network for Computational Nanotechnology (NCN). The NCN has a vision to pioneer the development of nanotechnology from science to manufacturing through innovative theory, exploratory simulation, and novel cyberinfrastructure.
The Network for Computational Nanotechnology is a network of universities that work together to define, develop, and support the nanoHUB. Collaborators and partners across the world have joined the NCN in this effort.
Take a tour of the nanoHUB and see how you can use our infrastructure to further your own research and educational activities. Create your own account. It's free and will give you access to our online simulation tools, learning modules, and more.
CreativeCommons.org License for use
"The "UVA Virtual Lab" is an NSF sponsored science education website bringing microelectronics, nanotechnology, and the underlying science to college and pre-college students, as well as members of the general public. It replaces math and jargon with intuitive 3D animations. Microelectronics presentations explain how semiconductors and transistors work, and how they are fabricated in both university labs and billion dollar factories. Nanoscience presentations describe alternate forms of nanocarbon, the process of DNA self-assembly, and the inner workings of instruments used to see at the nanoscale (such as SEMs, AFMs and STMs). These pages link back to basic science presentations on electricity, magnetism and electrical circuits, including "X-ray vision" simulations of common classroom experiments and apparatus. Overall, the website contains over fifty presentations on micro and nanoscience, each illustrated with dozens of virtual reality animations."
UVA Virtual Lab Website: www.virlab.virginia.edu
"Hands-on to Introduction to Nanoscience" Class website
"Under NSF sponsorship, this class was developed to introduce early undergraduates to nanoscience and nanotechnology: The theme? In nanoscience, Newton’s sensible laws are replaced by the weirdness of quantum mechanics. The consequences? First, electrons begin to act like waves - but because all waves are similar, experiments with light and water waves offer insights into electron behavior. Second, at the nanoscale one can no longer use light-image-based microfabrication to make things directly. Instead one has to design the parts so they know how we want them to finally come together (the ultimate example of this self-assembly? DNA synthesis of protein). And finally, to confirm that things worked the way we planned, we need new instrumentation to see things at the nanoscale (such as scanning tunneling and atomic force microscopes). The class website provides a full set of PowerPoint lecture notes covering these topics (including figures, animations, readings and lists of demonstration equipment). It also includes full guides to student laboratory use of miniaturized STMs and AFMs. Both lectures and labs make use of 3D animations provided by the sister "UVA Virtual Lab" website focusing on microelectronics, nanotechnology, and their underlying science."
"Hands-on Introduction to Nanoscience" Class Website: http://www.virlab.virginia.edu/Nanoscience_class/Nanoscience_class.htm
As a part of their "UVA Virtual Lab" and "Hands-on Nanoscience" curriculum development efforts, University of Virginia faculty are working with state public school teachers to develop K-12 nanoscience teaching resources. This includes an ongoing effort to identify materials already posted on, or available through, the World Wide Web. Their growing list, complete with descriptions and categorized by the type of teaching material, can be viewed at:
As a part of their "UVA Virtual Lab" and "Hands-on Nanoscience" curriculum development efforts, University of Virginia faculty are working with state public school teachers to develop K-12 nanoscience teaching resources. This includes an ongoing effort to identify materials already posted on, or available through, the World Wide Web. Their growing list, complete with descriptions and categorized by the type of teaching material, can be viewed at:
Virtal Lab tools/experiments for teachers/students
Visit the Nanopolis website for nano science graphic materials to enhance the development of your K-12 education courses.
NANOPOLIS™ World of Knowledge www.nanopolis.net
Nanopolis is a provider of multimedia education in Nano-biotechnology, mirroring in real-time the scientific and technological progress in the field of matter exploration at the atomic scale. Transposing the interaction between research, industry and education in to vivid, interactive, pedagogical multimedia since 1998, Nanopolis currently offers more than 3,000 screens through its online and offline resources.
If you are looking for multimedia animations explaining nanotechnology concepts, the best site we have found is NANOPOLIS, the e-collaborative multimedia producer exclusively dedicated to nano-biotechnology knowledge. It offers more than 10,000 scientific validated animations and e-learning pages, available online (at their Online Multimedia Library) and offline (though the multimedia encyclopedic series, in CD-ROM or downloadable format).
These nanotechnology products might actually be useful in learning key technical concepts. Nanopolis has built a large collection of animated, annotated color graphics and accompanying text, with a “Legend” button that adds labels to the graphics whenever you need them. The combination of color and movement with both text and optional labels can really help in making these complex concepts easier to understand (and a lot less boring to learn).
For Virtual Classroom curriculum developers tools visit: www.imediasoft.com
New encyclopedia added to the Nanopolis multimedia 'saga'
The educational version of the "Exploring Nano-biotechnology" multimedia encyclopedia is available for purchase at the Nanopolis order page. All orders of this product before the official release date (expected release date is the end of 2008) will be honored at a 50% pre-release discount.
"Exploring Nanobiotechnology", the 4th volume of the Nanopolis multimedia encyclopedic series, reveals the influence of nanotechnology on clinical diagnosis and treatment, analysis of biologically relevant processes at single molecule level, and the development of biosensors. A special section dedicated to the research field of nanofluidics is also included. A description of the project, multimedia samples, and reviewers impressions are found at the recently launched project webpage.
Consisting of 300 multimedia animations, the project will be distributed either as offline multimedia resource on CD-ROM support or as downloadable software, or as online multimedia resource through the Nanopolis Online Multimedia Library.
Following launch, new pricing policy is announced
Following the launch, prices of complementary products, "Exploring Matter with Neutrons" and "Exploring Nanotechnology" multimedia encyclopedia, were decreased by 20% as part of Nanopolis" strategy of making advanced science and technology accessible to wider audiences (students, professionals, teachers) at cheaper prices.
"In the long term, as Nanopolis" Online Multimedia Library grows, we will decrease prices of multimedia to the level of 1 USD per unit. We pride ourselves with an excellent level of accessibility of our "scientific media" explaining state-of-the-art academic concepts and would like to accomplish the same accessibility in what concerns the prices of our products." Mr. Dan BOG, CEO of iMediaSoft Group
UNITED STATES and 33 Countries
FIRST Robotics and NASA
The Robotics Alliance Project
Initiated 15 years ago by Dean Kamen...U.S. First is now in 33 countries.
Set up under the sports and entertainment model to develop Superstars in Science, Technology and Engineering...FIRST celebrates innovators and thinkers challenging them with robotics as an appealing and fun sport...encouraging the next generation of Superstars that may choose a career in Science, Technology and Engineering.
Nanotechnology game project for FIRST Lego Leagues for students ages 9-14 was chosen for the 2007 Competition. Each year, teams across the world are assigned a project to complete in addition to building and programming a robot. The 2007 theme was on Nanotechnology and was very successful.
First Robotics Competition Regional Webcasts **2007**
RAP webcasts from some of the FIRST Robotics Competition Regionals from all over the country.
Resources for the FIRST kids introduced to nanotechnology in the Lego group were provided by:
University of Wisconson Interdisciplinary Education Group
Exploring the Nanoworld with LEGO® Bricks
The purpose of this website and booklet is to show how various physical and chemical principles related to nanoscale science and technology can be demonstrated with LEGO® models. Three-dimensional models are excellent tools for grasping structure-function relationships.
There are a number of reasons to consider using LEGO® bricks for this purpose. First, many people are familiar with LEGO® bricks, and most models can be built with a level of mechanical sophistication that does not intimidate or frustrate the user. Second, LEGO® bricks typically have many connection points, allowing tremendous flexibility in the structures that can be built. A set of bricks can be used to model structures of matter and the techniques used to study them.
The authors are grateful to the National Science Foundation, through the University of Wisconsin-Madison Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) for Nanostructured Materials and Interfaces, and to LEGO® Dacta® for support of this project. We invite your comments on this booklet and website.
Carnegie Mellon University
The National Robotics Engineering Center
Outreach programs...We're building engineers one child at a time.
K-12 Robotics Education, Teacher Training, Robocamps, competition, Clubs, Classes
Get more information about FIRST from http://www.usfirst.org
and visit Dean Kamen's site at: http://www.dekaresearch.com/
EDC’s Center for Science Education, a division of Education Development Center, Inc., is focused on improving and supporting science education, from preschool through grade 12. For more information about our work, visit http://cse.edc.org/
Argonne National Laboratory Welcomes you to engage in a Journey of Exploration, Office of Science, U.S Department of Energy.
Welcome to the Division of Educational Programs (DEP), Argonne National Laboratory's link to the educational community. On this site you will find information about the various programs offered at DEP. Whether you are graduate student, undergraduate, K-12 student, or faculty member, DEP has a program that will engage you in a scientific learning experience.
Select the user choice at the link below that best describes your interest on the left menu bar and either click to enter the user menu page or select the program you want directly by clicking on the popup menu.
Be sure to check our Ask-A-Scientist Archive page for answers to any question in Chemistry
For More information on Programs contact:
Division of Educational Programs
The site focuses on clearly explaining the concepts behind nanotechnology applications in areas such as energy, medicine, and consumer products. In line with Earl Boysen's experience as co-author of Nanotechnology For Dummies, He attempt to make the concepts of nanotechnology understandable by anyone.
New Site:Chinese International school
Yew Chung education foundation believes in developing the complete personality of the children by providing international quality education.
Howard Hughes Medical Institute provides many resources for educators and studentsEducation resources include:
Teacher Professional Development
Search for Science Opportunities
Offered by HHMI-funded colleges and universities
Virtual labs, animations, and other interactive resources
Holiday Lectures on Science
Lectures by leading scientists
Ask a Scientist
Get an answer to your biology questions.
Cool Science for Curious Kids
Projects for K-4
Laboratory Safety—Practicing Safe Science
An on-line course
GrantsNet and Funding Directory also located on the main website:
Funds for biomedical research training and undergraduate science education
Take a tour of new Janelia Farm Research Campus opening in 2006 at
New Resource in Education Games for Physics and Chemistry:
Editors note: As a follow up to our continuous series of articles on games as educational platforms, we were delighted to receive this website from an associate with games related to physics and chemistry. Teachers can introduce many areas of science involving Physics and Chemistry to K-12 students through this innovative platform.
Games and Simulations at Nobelprize.org
Read about the educational outreach program »
Teachers! Help improve Nobelprize.org by answering the questionnaire for teachers! »
Related to Physics Prizes:
Play the Liquid Crystal games!
Pierre-Gilles de Gennes found fascinating analogies between liquid crystals and superconductors as well as magnetic materials. His work was rewarded with the Nobel Prize in Physics 1991.
Play the Laser Challenge game!
Laser is used in many areas, such as research, communication, industry, medicine, and environmental care. Discoveries related to lasers have led to several Nobel Prizes in Physics.
Play the Techville game!
In September 1958, Jack Kilby had his first integrated circuit ready. In the year 2000 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics.
Transistor – Function
In this interactive document, you can learn about how a transistor functions and what it is made up of. You can also try to build the very first transistor on your own.
Transistor – Recycler
The transistor is a part of many everyday items. In this game, your mission is to sort out objects without transistors from those containing transistors.
Microscopes - Explore hidden worlds!
Zernike invented the phase-contrast microscope, Ruska developed the electron microscope and Binnig and Rohrer invented the scanning tunneling microscope. All have been awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics.
Related to Chemistry Prizes:
The PCR method
Kary Mullis discovered a method for how DNA molecules can be mass-produced from incredibly small amounts of material. He received the 1993 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for this work.
Play the Conductive Valley Game!
The Prize Winners of the 2000 Nobel Prize in Chemistry were rewarded for their revolutionary discovery that plastic can, after certain modifications, be made electrically conductive.
What does chirality mean?
The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2001 concerns work with chiral molecules. These chiral molecules can be used to control or speed up different chemical reactions. In this game you can learn the basic principles of chirality.
Learn about biochemistry!
Biochemistry is the study of life processes at a molecular level. The Virtual Biochemistry Laboratory consists of several rooms, each focusing on one particular method used in biochemistry.
Teachers who want to explain Nano Science to their students should download this document.
New Education Resource for schools from the UK. A Virtual Camera for Nano Science in the classroom
Bucky Ball Workshop held at the Manchester United Training Ground
On October 14, 2004 Harry Kroto delivered his Buckyball workshop to 350 Children at the Manchester United Carrington Training Academy with the help of Premiership footballers Diego Forlan and John O'Shea as part of the Bicentennial celebration of the publication of John Dalton's Atomic Theory.
The event was organised by the Royal Society of Chemistry and involved bringing children from local primary schools to learn about the origin and structure of C60, along with lessons in numeracy, algebra, and geography as well as making gigantic geodesic structures out of plastic strips and smaller models of buckyballs to take home.
The workshop can be downloaded and used for free along with a pack of worksheets and instructions from our schools resources page.
Also see the Event Photo Album
Short Movie clip of Harry, John and Diego teaching
Video from Manchester United TV
NASA Learning Technologies
MathTrax is a graphing tool for middle school and high school students to graph equations, physics simulations or plot data files. The graphs have descriptions and sound so you can hear and read about the graph. Blind and low vision users can access visual math data and graph or experiment with equations and datasets
JSC Learning Technologies-Where Innovation meets the classroom
Programs and resources for grades 6-12
NASA Ames Research Center
Fly by Math and Line Up with Math
Web site invites students in Grades 5-9 to use hands-on math to avoid air traffic conflicts.
Interactive student/teacher resources
New Teacher/Student resource:
A Slide Presentation (19 slides) for Nano Education in Primary grades from South Africa's Nanotechnology Initiative
From EPFL Switzerland
The BioWall constitutes a major step towards the creation of intelligent, bio-inspired electronic tissues, capable of evolving, self-repairing, self-replicating and learning. In its current form, the BioWall surface combines the possibilities offered by the very latest information technology with the most instinctive of human gestures - touch.
The current BioWall
You can see the BioWall operating live through our Webcam.
Monday to Friday 8:00 - 19:00 GMT +1
Interactive Mathematics Links
This site provides links for high school math that are interactive and are usually written in Java. Java is a programming language that allows the user to input data, control diagrams by dragging and rotating, and even play games. Most browsers accept Java, so you don't need to worry. However, some of the sites require Shockwave,which is a plug in. You will need to follow the directions for installing Shockwave if it is indicated.
If you have questions about nanotechnology, this site answers some of the basic questions. Macromedia flash player is necessary to view the site.
Science News for Kids
Eureka Alert - AAAS
Science News for Kids
The NIEHS Kids' Pages
"We are the environment." Charles Panati
These pages are produced by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences , of the National Institutes of Health , Department of Health and Human Services.
Topics on site:
NIEHS...What's that? (Learn about NIEHS)
Hot Topics and Environmental Health Science Education
Brainteasers & Riddles
Books and Stories (educational too!)
Environmental Art & Poetry Gallery
Games and Surprises
Jokes and Humor (Laughing is Good for You!)
Sing-Along with NIEHS
Other Resources for Fun and Education (links)
Science EducationResources for Kids and Teachers
Interactive Java Tutorials
Welcome to the Molecular Expressions Virtual Microscopy website. We invite you to visit the interactive Java-powered virtual microscopes that we have constructed. These virtual microscopes explore specimen focus, illumination intensity, magnification, and translation---operating essentially in a manner that is identical to real-life microscopes.
Powers of Ten
View the Milky Way at 10 million light years from the Earth. Then move through space towards the Earth in successive orders of magnitude until you reach a tall oak tree just outside the buildings of the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory in Tallahassee, Florida. After that, begin to move from the actual size of a leaf into a microscopic world that reveals leaf cell walls, the cell nucleus, chromatin, DNA and finally, into the subatomic universe of electrons and protons. A visual experience for all ages to understand that size does matter at the nano scale of science.
NanoStudent is a new site dedicated to bringing together educational resources, tutorials, and opportunities related to nanotechnology and MEMS. Nano-edu Database - a growing comprehensive listing of nanotech research and educational institutions from around the world. Students: send us your experiences, advice, and comments and join the NanoStudent network today by keeping your school's profile up to date. Administrators: list your new course offerings, educational opportunities, scholarships, and featured labs today.
Submit your nanotech/MEMS questions and experiences. www.nanostudents.com
Remote Microelectronics Laboratory- Prof. Jesus del Alamo and his team are making a real microelectronics testing laboratory available online to students from anywhere at anytime, 24 hours a day. This will revolutionize science and engineering education by providing greater access to state-of-the-art labs, including at other institutions. Learn more about it! http://www.mtl.mit.edu/users/alamo/weblab/index.html
The Electronic Visualization Laboratory (EVL) at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) is a graduate research laboratory specializing in virtual reality and real-time interactive computer graphics. A joint effort of UIC's College of Engineering and School of Art and Design, EVL represents the oldest formal collaboration between engineering and art, offering graduate degrees in electronic visualization (MFA, MS, PhD).
`Intelligent' tutor aids science students online
By Cara Branigan, Associate Editor, eSchool News
April 19, 2002 ( an excerpt)
High school students soon will be able to get help with their chemistry and physics homework from a new online tutor that uses artificial-intelligence technology. Starting this fall, Holt, Rinehart and Winston (HRW) will offer a subscription to the Quantum Intelligent Tutor with the purchase of its textbooks. Quantum began developing its artificial-intelligence tutor four years ago after it, too, had determined that schools had a need for high-quality, supplemental tutorial services. Instead of storing problems and answers, the technology behind the Quantum Intelligent Tutor stores rules and principles. The Quantum Intelligent Tutor covers science questions on balancing equations, learning elements, assigning oxidation numbers, mole concepts, measure concepts, and writing mathematical and chemical formulas. When students log on to the tutor online, they can either type in their own equation or choose from a list of common problems. Then, the tutor guides the student through the problem step by step. At each step, it prompts the student with questions to ask that help explain why the problem is solved that way.
Links: Quantum Simulations Inc. http://www.quantumsimulations.com
Holt, Rinehart and Winston http://www.hrw.com
Pittsburgh Public Schools http://www.pps.pgh.pa.us
The Institute for Chemical Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Department of Chemistry has wonderful programs and interesting educational items. Check out their website for your kids. To order Hands-on Activities, Curriculum and Fun Stuff
Frank Potter's Science Gems - Engineering
This site has some science curriculum for high school and will post Grade 6-9 when it becomes available. Lots of engineering subcatagories to choose from for students research.
The Most Important Open Course Materials Online
In case you haven’t already heard: free digital coursework is the next big thing in education. Hundreds of universities are now uploading free and shareable educational content online. The effects of these free publications, podcasts and videos are rippling far wider than anyone could’ve guessed. What began as a supplemental online tool for U.S. students is transforming into a worldwide learning bank. Netizens of all ages are now accessing these open materials for a multitude of reasons—from satisfying continuing education requirements to exploring abiding academic interests.
The time is ripe for students and learners of all stripes to take advantage of these free educational materials. And so far, the most popular and noteworthy online courses, podcasts and open source content online are proving themselves worthy of everyone’s time.
a free and open educational resource for faculty, students, and self-learners around the world. OCW supports MIT's mission to advance knowledge and education, and serve the world in the 21st century. It is true to MIT's values of excellence, innovation, and leadership.
NASA Ames Center for Nanotechnology
The Center vision is:
To develop novel concepts in nanotechnology for NASA's future needs on electronics, computing, sensors, and advanced miniaturization of all systems;
To develop highly integrated and intelligent simulation environment that facilitates the rapid development and validation of future generation electronic devices as well as associated materials and processes through virtual prototyping at multiple levels of fidelity. Be sure to view the Gallery at:
Nanomedicine Art Gallery, at:
3D animated gallery of images from the scanners at.
Materials Science in the High School Classroom for the Teachers
How Holographic Environments Will Work
by Kevin Bonsor
If you've ever watched "Star Trek," you may remember seeing the crew of the Starship Enterprise live out their fantasies in a room called the holodeck. The holodeck was a giant, holographic projection room that allowed the crew to touch and interact with projections as if they were in a big video game. Scientists today are developing a new communications technology that will allow you and your friends to interact inside a simulated environment even if you are thousands of miles apart. http://www.howstuffworks.com/holographic-environment.htm
Nanotechnologies and Nanosciences
Recently, the European Commission has carried out several activities on nanotechnologies and nanosciences with the aim of informing young people and the general public and encouraging them to engage in discussions about science from an early age.
Three different information resources have been produced: a brochure explaining in a complex and comprehensive way what nanotechnology is about, two documentary films (one of which directly addresses young people) and a set of slides explaining nanotechnology to school children.
Documentary films and brochure
Presentation: "How can you explain what is meant by NANOTECHNOLOGY?"
Overview of nanotechnology related activities across the European Community's programmes:
A new Teacher Resource:
Teaching Point is dedicated to helping teachers overcome many tribulations in the classroom.
Over 3,000 schools have used our materials, with outstanding results:
Our Authors are all “teachers in the classroom” with a degree in their content specialty. They are veteran instructors with classroom-tested labs and activities, with exceptional skills in developing dynamic daily lesson plans that work with a wide range of student learning styles and academic skills.
All course materials are reviewed by an Academic Review Board composed of content specialists and veteran teachers to ensure both accuracy and "teachability."
Out-of-field teachers feel more confident in their new teaching assignments and cover required course content completely. Daily lesson plans with detailed content summaries support teacher competency. Easy-to-use pacing guides ensure full coverage of required state and/or national content standards. New teachers may easily incorporate the teacher-tested activities, projects and assessments into their daily instruction. Class notes in PowerPoint or as overhead masters are ready on the first day of class. Second-career teachers are guided by specific teaching strategies and classroom management tips in daily lesson plans. Comprehensive assessment systems ensure effective monitoring of student progress. Veteran teachers with new assignments find their classroom prep time reduced with the easy-to-use pacing guide.
Each course has a complete correlation to major state standards (California, Texas, Florida, and New York) as well as applicable national standards (NCTM, NCTE, NCSS, NSTA).
STM and ATM Desktop Scanners from NanoSurf can be purchased for your classrooms from NanoInstruments, our new partner in education at www.nanoscience.com
3D animated gallery of images from the scanners at
International Seminar on Teaching Nanoscience with Scanning Probe Microscopy
Visit http://www.teachnano.com for more details
NUE UNIQUE Workshop
Educational Pricing for SPIP Image Analysis Software
Download a demonstration version at
Online Clearinghouse for SPM Educational Experiments
Visit the Original Virtual Nano Lab at www.nano-world.org located at the University of Basil, Switzerland.
Leading the way for more effective research and student utilization of 3D
"We use EON to shorten delivery time when building interactive virtual environments as users can search for EON prototypes or meshes, download and use them immediately. Think of it as a clip-art which you can insert into your document, only in this case, the library exists on the web, the clip-art is a 3D object and the document is a 3D environment."
PI, Mr. Tan Hock Soon, Temasek Polytechnic http://www.eonreality.com/casestudies/education/
The Educational Technology Journal- Educational Technology for Engaged Learning, Educational Technology for Literacy. Subscribe Free Online at http://fno.org/
The Games-to-Teach Project
A partnership between MIT and Microsoft to develop conceptual prototypes for the next generation of educational media for math, science, and engineering education. Directed by MIT's Program in Comparative Media Studies, Games-to-Teach is funded as a part of Microsoft iCampus and supported by the Learning Sciences and Technologies Lab at Microsoft Research. http://cms.mit.edu/games/education/
Educators and Media Flock to See an Educational System that Produces Superkids
In the past decade students at the Maharishi School, have won more than seventy state titles in science, speech, drama, writing, poetry, spelling, art, photography, history, mathematics, chess, DestinationImagiNation, tennis, golf, and track. In addition, they have demonstrated their desire to help others in society by founding the student organization 'End School Violence Now'. This student group has presented their message to the United Nations, Columbine Task Force, California Teachers Association, Boston Ford Hall Forum and many more prestigious venues.
The benefits of Consciousness-Based education have been confirmed by over 600 scientific research studies performed at over 200 research institutions in 30 countries and published in over 100 refereed journals. http://www.enmag.org/
For more information on Consciousness-Based Education programs visit www.CBEprograms.org.
Math World -Special Programs
Wolfram Research sponsors both the academic and the corporate communities with direct contributions to education-related programs and scientific research. These programs range from the High School Grant Program, which encourages teachers to explore new teaching methods and develop computer-based classroom materials using Mathematica, to the Collaborative Research Opportunities Program, which offers researchers from universities, laboratories, and other organizations the opportunity to contribute their expertise to collaborative research projects. The Student Intern Program recruits talented students who would like to gain real-world experience and offers internships in all departments of the company each summer.
VIRTUAL ASTRONAUT WEBSITE
If you are looking for a website to teach your kids about space, check out the Virtual Astronaut Website http://virtualastronaut.jsc.nasa.gov
Your child can pretend he or she is in the Astronaut Corps and is making his or her first trip to the Space Station. Your child will see actual photos of astronauts on spacewalks and training in the NBL. He or she can play "Immune Invaders", learn geography, and conduct experiments that have actually been done in space. The website is geared for kids 5th - 8th grade, but younger and older children love to go there as well. It works best with a PC, but there is a Macintosh and text version. There are also lesson plans for those individuals that log on as teachers. Comments can be sent to the Virtual Astronaut e-mail address found on the web page. This website is part of the Space and Life Sciences Education Outreach Program.
NASA Classroom of the Future Program
The Classroom of the Future™ (COTF) program is helping to bridge the gap between America's classrooms and the expertise of NASA scientists, who have advanced the frontiers of knowledge in virtually every field of science over the last forty years. The COTF program is administered by the Erma Ora Byrd Center for Educational Technologies™ at Wheeling Jesuit University in Wheeling, West Virginia.
Welcome to the Space Place!
Come on in and check out our games, animations, projects, and fun facts about Earth, space and technology.
E-Text goes global
The University of Virginia has been helping to establish electronic text centers around the world. The latest is the New Zealand Electronic Text Centre, which plans to digitize copies of 19th century colonial texts such as the early work of author Katherine Mansfield and the logbooks of explorer James Cook. David M. Seaman, the director of University of Virginia's Electronic Text Center, works with each university's libraries to create digital copies of scholarly and literary books. The University of New Brunswick in Canada, and Australia's University of Sydney were the first to open e-text centers, and Seaman is now working with the University of Puerto Rico to create an electronic database of older Caribbean literature. Projects are also in the works for researchers from Germany, Japan and Taiwan. The University of Virginia shares its software and expertise, which keeps costs down for participating centers. In exchange, the university is able to add foreign e-books to its collection, which now has more than 70,000 e-texts.
scenta..The online gateway to the best in Science, Engineering and Technology.
scenta, initiated by The Engineering and Technology Board (the etb), works with leaders in the science, engineering and technology (SET) world to provide a gateway to the best SET resources on the web.
Through the aggregation of the best of existing initiatives, and through a suite of leading-edge communication technologies, including i-Seminars and the Datascenta, scenta acts as a meeting point for people in SET, their peers, and the information providers and professional organisations that they seek.
New Research Results:
Can Frequencies Change DNA? Leading edge research on education by Institute of Heart Math produces some amazing results in the way we learn.
This experiment was done by the Institute of Heart Math and the paper that was written about this was titled: Local and Nonlocal Effects of Coherent Heart Frequencies on Conformational Changes of DNA. In this experiment, some human placenta DNA was placed in a container from which they could measure changes in the DNA. Twenty-eight vials of DNA were given (one each) to 28 trained researchers. Each researcher had been trained how to generate and FEEL feelings, and they each had strong emotions.
What was discovered was that the DNA CHANGED ITS SHAPE according to the feelings of the researchers:
1. When the researchers FELT gratitude, love and appreciation, the DNA responded by RELAXING and the strands unwound. The length of the DNA became longer.
2. When the researchers FELT anger, fear, frustration, or stress, the DNA responded by TIGHTENING UP. It became shorter and SWITCHED OFF many of our DNA codes! If you've ever felt "shut down" by negative emotions, now you know why your body was equally shut down too. The shut down of the DNA codes
was reversed and the codes were switched back on again when feelings of love, joy, gratitude and appreciation were felt by the researchers.
This experiment was later followed up by testing HIV positive patients. They discovered that feelings of love, gratitude and appreciation created 300,000 TIMES the RESISTANCE they had without those feelings.
These emotional changes went beyond the effects of electro-magnetics.
Individuals trained in deep love were able to change the shape of their DNA. This energy appears to be a TIGHTLY WOVEN WEB that connects all matter. Essentially we're able to influence this web of creation through the VIBRATIONS of our feelings.
Resource for Educators:
HeartMath Classroom Learning Programs improve learning, test scores, attitudes, and behaviors.
Heart Math Center: http://www.heartmath.org/index.html