For many years, I have had students enter the Toshiba ExploraVision competition. Working in groups to simulate research and development teams, students select a current technology and after researching its history and present, creatively project what the technology will look like in 20 years. They predict what breakthroughs will be needed to realize the vision as well as examining the possible positive and negative consequences of the new technology.
Each year, several of my student teams would earn honorable mention awards, and all of these winning projects incorporated nanotechnology in the vision. So more recently, I started actively teaching a nanotechnol-ogy unit before the project and encouraged all students to use nanotech-nology concepts in their ExploraVision papers. The project Fighting Cancer with Nano-Shells earned an honorable mention in 2006.
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