Nanotechnology is an experimental field of applied science and
technology at the atomic level; the term applies to the structure
of matter on a scale below 100 nanometers. One nanometer (nm) is
one billionth, or 10-9 of a meter. Because this field
is still in its infancy, it is difficult to say for certain how
important this science will become. The possibilities for technology
on this small of a scale, however, can spark your students' interests.
This issue presents news stories, journal articles, and books that
can help you bring small science into your classroom.
Science in the News
Article summaries provided by the NSTA WebNews Digest
for national news for science educators)
The need for more research and various forms of nanotechnology
are discussed in this month’s news articles.
To read more, visit
on the Web
In this month's high school-level journal, The Science Teacher,
NSTA members can read "Fats, Oils, and Colors of a Nanoscale
Material" at http://www.nsta.org/gateway&j=tst&n=53014.
For the complete The Science Teacher December 2006 Illustrated
Table of Contents, visit http://www.nsta.org/gateway&j=tst&n=53037.
Journal Articles on Small Science
Several articles from the NSTA journal archives provide examples
of how nanotechnology can teach your students about scale.
Click here to read more:
To read about Small Science in NSTA Press® and NSTA Recommends®
books, visit http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2006-12/books_high.htm.
Click here for the newest titles from NSTA Press:
To receive the latest NSTA catalog for your specific grade level,
The NSTA Web Seminars series continues through
March 2007! Topics include: nutrition and outbreaks, Mars exploration,
the ocean's role in weather and climate, space weather, gravity,
circular motion, work and simple machines, and the International
Polar Year. To learn more and to register, visit http://institute.nsta.org/web_seminars.asp.
The following NSTA Symposia topics will be presented
at the National Conference in St. Louis, Missouri, March 29-April
International Polar Year science and discoveries,
kinetic and potential energy, work and simple machines, global
positioning system and geography, nutrition and outbreaks, and
Education in a Global Age
Given the common challenges posed by globalization,
many nations also face capacity-building issues in workforce
development and education. In 2005, Asia Society and the Ministry
of Education of the People’s Republic of China convened
the U.S.-China Education Leaders Forum on Math and Science Education
in Denver, Colorado. The purpose of the Forum was to deepen
knowledge of the two education systems and to develop a set
of ideas as to how the two countries could learn from each others’
strengths and challenges in mathematics and science education.
This report summarizes the discussion at the Forum as well as
related research on Asian achievement in math and science to
make these ideas available to a wider audience.
To read more, visit http://www.internationaled.org/mathsciencereport.pdf.
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