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Nano and Society Case Study of a Research-to-Practice Partnership between University Scientists and Museum Professionals - 2014

This case study conducted by SRI Education examined how complex and potentially controversial science ideas are translated for the public through a research-to-practice partnership between university scientists and museum professionals, collaborating to address a problem of educational practice, with mutual benefits. The study explored how collaborators leveraged each other’s expertise and priorities in order to create workshops to educate museum staff and educational products to engage the public about the Social and Ethical Issues (SEI)1 of nanoscale science, engineering, and technology...

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Exploring Nano & Society - Tell a Nano Story

"Exploring Nano & Society - Tell a Nano Story" is a hands-on activity in which visitors are inspired by picture cards to tell a story about nanotechnologies in the future. Visitors explore how technologies and society influence each other and how people’s values shape how nanotechnologies are developed and adopted.

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Using Media to Explore Social and Ethical Issues in Nanoscience and Nanotechnologies (High School curriculum lesson)

This lesson introduces students to social and ethical issues related to nanotechnology. The lesson demonstrates possible social issues through case studeies using popular films, books, and news stories. The lesson is intented to stimulate discussion about social and ethical issues related to nanotechnology as well as, in a broader context, the interaction of science and technology with society.

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Online Brown-Bag: Nano and Society (Recorded)

Held in 2014, this online brown-bag conversation is designed to empower museum educators to engage visitors in meaningful conversations about the relevance of emerging technologies to our lives. Participants will learn key concepts about the relationships between science, technology, and society, and receive specific training for having conversations using activities in the NanoDays 2014 Kit. Presented by: Brad Herring of the Museum of Life and Science, Jamey Wetmore and Ira Bennett of Arizona State University, Douglas Coler of Discovery Place Inc., and Kevin...

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Nanotechnology and Society Guide

This guide is focused on “three big ideas” that can provide a framework to help museum staff and visitors feel empowered to reflect on the relevance of nanotechnology in their lives through open-ended conversation. The guide considers how new nanotechnologies may affect people and the societies they live in and create. The three big ideas are illustrated with related videos and hands-on activities and further explored through very brief case studies of three nanospecific technologies, providing further examples of conversations that might occur on a museum floor. Finally, the guide...

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Invisibility Cloak video

A short film comedically exploring the idea of invisibility cloaks and how this possible new technology may influence society.

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