Given the ability of nanoscience and nanotechnology to exploit the
unique properties that matter exhibits at the nanoscale, the research
resulting from these emerging fields is poised to dramatically affect
everyday life. In fact, many widely used electronic, pharmaceutical,
cosmetic, and textile products already employ nanotechnology.
With the support of the National Science Foundation, scientists,
educators, researchers, and curriculum developers have achieved a rough
consensus on what the key concepts—or “big ideas”—of nanoscience
might be for middle and high school science students:
• Size and Scale
• Structure of Matter
• Forces and Interactions
• Quantum Effects
• Size-Dependent Properties
• Tools and Instrumentation
• Models and Simulations
• Science, Technology, and Society
This volume provides in-depth discussions of each big idea.
Nine additional chapters examine learning goals and how to reach
them, students’ likely misconceptions, and ideas for integrating
nanoscale science and engineering with traditional science content.
An appreciation of nanoscience will help students understand
fundamental science concepts across disciplines. Also, learning the
enormous implications of the extremely tiny nanoscale phenomena
will pique students’ interest in the study of 21st-century science
and at the same time motivate them to learn traditional science.
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Type NSTA Press BookPub Date 10/14/2009ISBN 978-1-935155-07-2Stock # PB241X