Small Science, Big Decisions

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The objective of this facilitated activity is for participants to come to a consensus over the distribution of federal funds for nanotechnology in different research areas. Participants are assigned a specific area of nanotechnology research and are provided with background materials in that area. They go through the materials of their assigned area and choose three benefits to research in that area and three perceived risks. They share these benefits and risks with the whole group, and then collectively the group decides how to distribute funds among the areas.

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Big Idea: 
Nano is our society and our future: Nanotechnologies have costs, risks, and benefits that affect our lives in ways we cannot always predict.

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This activity is a product of the Institute for Chemical Education and the Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Material is based upon work supported the National Science Foundation under Grant No. DMR-0832760. A
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Institute for Chemical Education and the Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
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