Certainly, anyone thinking about nanotechnology should take the basic classes in biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics. If students and teachers are interested in learning more about nanotechnology, I would recommend that they visit, nanoHUB.org., the Web site of the Network for Computational Nanotechnology (NCN). The NCN, led by Purdue, is a large network of many colleges and universities throughout the country and is funded by the National Science Foundation.
The original idea of the network was to put up simulation tools for researchers, but it turns out that the most popular section of the Web site is the tutorial section, attracting all levels of viewers, from high school students to those taking college courses.
The categories on the nanoHUB include Simulate, Research, Teach and Learn, and Contribute. The Teach and Learn site is a good place to start for someone who wants an introduction to nanotechnology. The topics include: Nano 101, Nanocurriculum, Learning Modules, and Teaching Materials forK-12 and Undergraduates.
NANO ACTIVITY: BUILDING BUCKYBALLS, A NASA EXPLORES ACTIVITY
Fullerenes, such as buckyballs, are being researched for several uses, including propellants, superconductors, lubricants, and optical equipment. In fact, Science magazine even elected the buckyball "molecule of the year" in 1991.
You can build a buckyball model by going to the NASAexplores Web site.
Here you will find a pattern and instructions on a PDF file for students and teachers.
The PDF file: http://www.nasaexplores.com/search.php Procedure: Photocopy and then print out the buckyball figure
1. Cut around the perimeter of the buckyball template.
2. Cut along each dotted line to the star.
4. Beginning with the space labeled G in the upper right, place a drop of glue on the printed side. Slide this ring under the adjacent ring, making a five-sided hole surrounded by six-sided shapes.
5. Repeat step 4 until the sphere is formed.
Good luck. READING MATERIAL
Hall, J. Storrs. Nanofuture: What's Next For Nanotechnology. Amherst, NY: Prometheus Books, 2005.
Krummenacker, Markus, and James J. Lewis. Prospects in Nanotechnology: Toward Molecular Manufacturing. New York: John Wiley & Sons, 1995. Newton, David E. Recent Advances and Issues in Molecular Nanotechnology. Westport,
CT: Greenwood Press, 2002. Poole, Charles P., and Frank J. Owens. Introduction to Nanotechnology. Hoboken, NJ:
John Wiley & Sons, Wiley-Interscience. 2003. Regis, Edward. Nano! The True Story of Nanotechnology—the Astonishing New Science That Will Transform the World. United Kingdom, LONDON: Transworld Publishers Ltd., 1997.
Nanoscale. Professor Wendy Crone What is a Nanoscale? Discusses Quantum Effects and Quantum Dots and Surface to Volume Ratio. Conversations in Science. Madison Metropolitan School District. UW-Madison Interdisciplinary Education Group. http://mrsec.wisc.edu/Edetc/cineplex/MMSD/index.html
Carbon Nanotube Transistors. Nanopolis Online Multimedia Library. The carbon nanotubes are ideal building blocks for molecular electronics, such as transistors. http://onhne.nanopolis.net/viewer.php?subjectJd=268
Nanowires and Nanocrystals for Nanotechnology. Yi Cui is an assistant professor in the Materials Science and Engineering Department at Stanford. www.google.com/videoplay?docid=657l968052542741458
What is a buckminsterfullerene. Sir Harold Kroto. The Nobel Laureate explains why he named the carbon cluster that he discovered as a buckminsterfullerene.
Two videos show how nickel reacts in a process called catalytic chemical vapor deposition. This film demonstrates one of several methods of producing nanotubes. Text accompanies the video for better understanding of the process. http://www. admin.cam.ac.uk/news/special/20070301/?
National Science Foundation, Nanoscale Science and Engineering: http://www.nsf. gov/home/crssprgm/nano/start.htm
Nanodot: News and Discussion of Coming Technologies. http://nanodot.org/ The Nanotube Site: Michigan State University's Library of Links for the Nanotube Research Community. http://www.pa.msu.edu/cmp/csc/NTSite/nanopage.html Evident Technologies: Manufacturer of quantum dotnanoparticles for use as a color-enhancing additive in optical devices and visual materials. http://www.evidenttech. com
NanoVantage Inc.: Portal offering monthly reports on new developments in nan-otechnology. Emphasis on nanoparticles and nanocrystal materials. http://www. nanovantage.com/
SOMETHING TO DO
Make a paper model of a nanotube. www.stanford.edu/group/cpima/education/ nanotubeJesson.pdf
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