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Friday, 13 November 2015

NanoEduca: Nanoscience enters the classroom

Six experimental Kits to introduce nanotechnology in the High School classrooms were presented on November 3 during the third session of the NanoEduca pilot program. This initiative sums the dissemination efforts of ICN2, UB, UAB and CESIRE in line with the outreach objectives of the ICN2 Severo Ochoa Program.

On November 3 the NanoEduca project reached one of its main goals: Handing 6 experimental Kits to a pilot group of 20 school teachers. The kits are designed to offer nano-related experiences in the High-School classrooms which fit in the contents of subjects such as Chemistry, Physics or Biology. A handbook guides both teacher and students through the experiences and relates them with scientific concepts, possible applications and moral implications.

The NanoEduca project is a joint effort involving ICN2, the University of Barcelona, The Autonomous University of Bellaterra and CESIRE, a public organism offering support to science teachers through materials and specialised formation. It has been possible thanks to the implications of research groups, such as the ICN2 Oxide Nanoelectronics Group, involving the ICREA Prof Gustau Catalan and Dr. Ignasi Fina, or the ICN2 Supramolecular NanoChemistry & Materials Group, as well as to the support of companies such as IGSResearch, Nano3 Arquitectura or EsCiencia. The Kits were inspired by previous initiatives led by the participant institutions and other projects such as NanoYou, NanoDiode, NanOpinion or PlayDecide. All the materials are in line with the outreach objectives described in the ICN2 Severo Ochoa Program "Devices for Social Challenges".

The Kits include a total of 18 experiments. Of them, 6 are devoted to introduce the students to some general concepts. They include experiences with piezoelectric materials, effects related with the size of molecules, Ferro fluids or hydrophobicity.  The rest of experiments are distributed in three thematic areas: Physics and Chemistry, NanoMaterials and Life Sciences. The experiments were presented in an event celebrated at the CESIRE headquarters involving all the teachers participating in this pilot experience. The event was entertaining and full of ideas and passion for teaching.

The event was organized and conducted by Julio Pérez, from CESIRE, Jordi Diaz, from the Nanometric Techniques Unit at the UB Scientific-technical Services, Gemma Garcia, from the UAB NanoLab, and Ana de la Osa and Alex Argemi, from the ICN2 Marketing an Communication Department. The NanoEduca pilot experience will finish, after the Kits are tested in the classroom during the following months, with a social event in May 2016 at the Centre de Cultura Contemporania de Barcelona (CCCB) involving all the participant schools.