Education is at the core of our future and critical in seeding the next generation of innovators.  In the years we’ve been tracking nanotechnology, we’ve come across some good and some not-so-good reference sites.  This is an area where we will be placing increasing focus as it is critical to our new mission.  We welcome feedback from you as to what other sites you believe should be showcased here.  Please submit your suggestions here .

What is nanotechnology?  At its most basic, it involves the research, development and control of phenomena and materials in the length scale of 1-100 nanometers.  One nanometer is a billionth (10-9) and the word nano comes from the Greek word for dwarf.   To put this in perspective, one strand of human hair is about 80,000 nanometers wide.  The following chart helps with other comparisons that are both in nature and engineered.

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Recommended educational resources for K-12 audiences and general public:

What is nano? – http://www.nano.gov/nanotech-101/what/definition

Nanotechnology 101 – http://www.nano.gov/nanotech-101

Nanooze for kids – http://www.nanooze.org/main/Nanooze/Articles.html

How It’s Made – nanotech http://science.howstuffworks.com/nanotechnology.htm

Where is the Nano? – A game to find it – http://www.swissnanocube.ch/nanorama/?L=3

A funny musical video about NanoSilver and Vampires – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Si1b3GIRiOw

An incredibly clever and funny story worth sharing – How The Schmirk Stole Nanotechnology

Nanotechnology classroom activities, design challenges, videos, articles and more for grades K-4, 5-8, 9-12 and college/university level  – NASA Quest

 

Nanooze NANOOZE – Nanooze is a place to hear about the latest exciting stuff in science and technology. Meet Scientists and Play the NanoCure Game. Nanooze also has a version available in Spanish and Portuguese.

 

Exploring the Nano WorldEXPLORING THE NANO WORLD – An educational resource for teachers and parents from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. It includes movies, project & curriculum ideas, kits and other activities all dealing with learning about nanotechnology.

 

Nano ZoneNANOZONE – NanoZone offers a variety of Flash-based games for learning about Nanotechnology, including ‘Ask Nano Brain’. It also offers resources for teachers and museum professionals.