Talking Nano (6-DVD Video Set)

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Linked product - AVAILABLE FOR $34.99 AT: (FOR PURCHASE ORDERS: call 617.589.4483 or email us at This 6-video DVD set features Don Eigler, George Whitesides, David Rejeski, Eric Mazur, Tim Miller, and, as a bonus, The Amazing Nano Brothers Juggling Show. It provides a basic Nano 101 introduction to nanotechnology, potential applications, implications, and impacts. Designed for classroom, informal, and professional development use, the videos are tightly edited with close-ups and illustrations. Each DVD is individually chaptered and menued, allowing quick access to particular content areas. The website includes a scene-by-scene outline of content areas and ties to U.S. and Massachusetts education standards.

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Learning Goals: 
  • The nature, origin, and range of nanotechnology
  • Understanding size and behavior at the nanoscale
  • Current and potential applications of nanotechnology and their impacts
  • Imaging at the nanoscale
  • Basic structure of matter
  • Harnessing special properties of matter at the nanoscale
  • Motivation for nanoscale research
  • Selected societal implications of nanotechnology
  • Selected consumer safety and regulatory issues of nanotechnology
  • How researchers conceive and conduct their efforts
Nano Content Map: 
  • 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.


Talking Nano was filmed at and produced by the Museum of Science, Boston, in association with the NSF Center for High-rate Nanomanufacturing (NSF EEC-0425826), the Harvard NSF Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center (NSF PHY06-46094), the Wilson Center Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies, and the NSF Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network (ESI-0532536).
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Museum of Science, Boston

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