Bringing Nanoscience and Nanotechnology into the Classroom.
Nanotechnology, which makes use of structures 100 nm or smaller (1 nm is a billionth of a meter), is now part of our daily experience. Products ranging from electronics and cosmetics to sports equipment and clothing are increasingly dependent on nanotechnology, harnessing the benefits of novel properties that materials exhibit at the nanoscale. The past years have seen a steady increase in nanoscience research and resulting applications, which has started a rapid growth that will continue over the next decades and change the way we live.
Even though the subjects of nanoscience and technology are not part of the curriculum, the exciting science and technology can be brought into the classroom through various standards (California Science Standards related to Nanoscience and Nanotechnology).