A May 12, 2014 news item on Nanowerk features an issue of Scientix Newsletter (May 2014), devoted to teaching and learning nanotechnology in primary and secondary school (Note: A link has been removed),
The May 2014 issue of the Scientix Newsletter (pdf) focuses on teaching and learning nanotechnology, and how to introduce it to primary and secondary school.
There are three parts in the newsletter, each presenting different type of materials or tools. The first two chapters directly address teaching practice: they cover introductory lessons on nanoscience and hands-on experiments.
You can also read an interview with Dr Luisa Filipponi from the Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Centre (iNANO) at Aarhus University in Denmark. Luisa has a PhD in nanotechnology, and an extensive experience in nanotechnology education in primary and secondary schools. We asked Dr Filipponi to present the school experiments she designed and share some tips how to engage students with nanotechnology.
The third chapter aims at researchers and project managers, developing new materials and activities in nanotechnology. The last part presents ongoing projects in nanotechnology education and outreach, their activities and events.
There is some interesting material in this 4pp. newsletter with the first page offering a brief history and overview of nanotechnology. I was a little more intrigued by their previous projects on p. 4,
Scientix projects on nanotechnology education
• NanoDiode: Developing Innovative Outreach and Dialogue on responsible nanotechnologies in EU civil society, http://tinyurl.com/nanodiode
• NanoEIS: Nanotechnology Education for Industry and Society, http://tinyurl.com/nanoEIS
• Nanopinion – Monitoring Public Opinion on Nanotechnology in Europe, http://tinyurl.com/nanopinion
• Quantum Spin-Off: Connecting Schools with High-Tech Research and Entrepreneurship,
• Nanologue: Europe-wide Dialogue on Social, Ethical and Legal Impacts of Nanotechnology,
• Nanototouch: Nanosciences Live in Science Centres and Museums, http://tinyurl.com/nano2touch
• Global Excursion: Extended Curriculum for Science Infrastructure Online, http://tinyurl.com/global-excursion
• FET-House: Helping Young People Choose Science and Engineering Careers, http://tinyurl.com/fet-house
• Nanodialogue: Enhancing Dialogue on Nanotechnologies and Nanosciences in Society at the European Level, http://tinyurl.com/nanodialogue
• Time for Nano – Tools to Increase Mass Engagement for Nanotechnology, http://tinyurl.com/time4nano
• Nanochannels: Engaging and Debating Nanotechnology on Media Channels to European Citizens, http://tinyurl.com/nanochannels
• Nanoyou – Nano for youth, http://tinyurl.com/nanoyouth
Scientix promotes and supports a Europe-wide collaboration among STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) teachers, education researchers, policymakers and other STEM education professionals.
In its first stage (2009-2012), the project built an online portal to collect and present European STEM education projects and their results, and organised several teacher workshops. The main networking event was the Scientix conference, held in May 2011 in Brussels.
The goal of the second phase (2013 – 2015) is to expand to the national level. Through the network of the National Contact Points (NCPs), Scientix aims to reach out to national teacher communities, and contribute to the development of national strategies for wider uptake of inquiry-based and other innovative approaches to science and maths education.
Scientix is financed under the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Development
That’s all I’ve got.