European Union - Nanotechnologies: Principles, Applications, Implications and Hands-on Activities A compendium for educators

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This publication has been developed within the context of the research developed by the European project NANOYOU, funded by the European Union’s seventh framework programme. It has been enriched by the authors with numerous and multifaceted inputs, reflections and insights on societal issues, also provided by the European project TimeforNano. The outcomes from all these efforts have been integrated and edited into an overall and fully referenced book, showing how to address nanosciences and nanotechnologies concepts and applications. It has been specifically developed to present in a single, balanced compendium, much of the relevant and valuable educational material that will help inform, motivate and inspire young people about nano- technologies and their applications. Theory, application and experiments in nanosciences and nanotech- nologies are organised in self-contained modules that offer increased flexibility throughout the develop- ment of the course. Moreover, a case study approach provides teachers with practical applications and examples to discuss in class. The programme focuses on three application fields — information and communication technologies, energy and environment, and medicine — and also addresses the associated ethical, societal, legal and safety aspects to encourage further dialogue. Resources and training materials are available to educators, supported, also, by online tutor web portals where young people and educators can actively participate in virtual dialogues, experiments and games. The lessons, discussions on applications and experiments presented in this book have been tested by teachers, professors and educators from about one thousand schools (50 pilot schools and 906 ancil- lary schools) in 20 European countries from 2010 to 2011, reaching about 40.000 students. This expe- rience allowed for feedback and enriched this book with many comments and contributions, enabling to produce the final and inclusive version.

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Nanometer-sized things are very small, and often behave differently than larger things do.
Scientists and engineers have formed the interdisciplinary field of nanotechnology by investigating properties and manipulating matter at the nanoscale.
Nanoscience, nanotechnology, and nanoengineering lead to new knowledge and innovations that weren't possible before.
Nanotechnologies—and their costs, utility, risks, and benefits—are closely interconnected with society and with our values.

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European Commission Directorate-General for Research and Innovation Industrial technologies (NMP)

This publication has been developed within the context of the research developed by the European project NANOYOU, funded by the European Union’s seventh framework programme (FP7, grant agreement n° 233433). It has been enriched by the authors with numerous and multifaceted inputs, reflections and insights on societal issues, also provided by the European project TimeforNano. (FP7, grant agreement n° 233481).

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Edited by the European Commission Directorate-General for Research and Innovation Industrial technologies (NMP) programme Authors:
Luisa Filipponi and Duncan Sutherland

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