Nanotechnology Education

Posted on December 19, 2006  Comments (1)

Teaching the Notion of Nanotechnology

Scientist Robert P.H. Chang of Northwestern University had no trouble persuading education officials in Mexico to introduce the burgeoning field of nanotechnology to schools there, but it’s been a far tougher sell in the United States. In Mexico, Chang said he had only to speak about the subject to top government officials, who then simply ordered school officials to teach it.

Nanotechnology presents an especially difficult challenge in education. It is not a traditional discipline but rather a combination involving physics, chemistry, biology, mathematics, engineering and technology.

That’s what Chang has been developing as he directs Northwestern’s new national center for the university’s Materials World Modules program, charged with creating materials on nanotechnology for students in grades seven through 12.

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One Response to “Nanotechnology Education”

  1. Shelley Batts
    December 19th, 2006 @ 10:52 pm

    I agree that Nanotech is a difficult notion to teach, however its such a burgeoning field
    (not only in engineering sciences and industry, but in my field of medical research) the concept should be introduced early in education so kids can become MORE interested later on. Delivery small molecules of drugs to targeted sites like tumors is especially promising, however finding people with a background in both medicine and engineering is a little rare.

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