Nano Around the World


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Nano Around the World


Nano Around the World is a card game designed to get participants to reflect on the potential uses of nanotechnology across the globe. Players each receive three cards: a character card, a current technology card, and a future technology card. They are asked to assume the role of their character to find nanotechnologies that might benefit them. After game play there is a facilitated discussion to help players reflect on the choices they made, the difficulty in finding appropriate technologies for many of the characters, and the possible nanotechnologies that could benefit a wider array of people than current nanotechnologies do.


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Science and Technology: 

K-4: Abilities of technological design
K-4: Understanding about science and technology
5-8: Abilities of technological design
5-8: Understanding about science and technology
9-12: Abilities of technological design
9-12: Understanding about science and technology

Science in Personal and Social Perspectives: 

K-4: Science and technology in local challenges
K-4: Types of resources
5-8: Populations, resources, and environments
5-8: Science and technology in society
9-12: Population growth
9-12: Science and technology in local, national, and global challenges


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