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Posted: Dec 02, 2010
New Swiss online knowledge platform for nanotechnology
(Nanowerk News) Swiss Nano-Cube is a new interactive knowledge and education platform for micro and nanotechnology. It aims to spark interest in nanotechnology and engineering among students and young professionals. It is addressed to teachers and students of vocational schools, secondary schools as well as higher professional schools. The web-based learning platform has been developed by the Innovation Society St.Gallen and the Swiss Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (SFIVET) with the support of several Swiss Federal Offices and private organisations.
Knowledge and Background in Nanotechnology
Nanotechnology is an enabling technology offering huge potentials. Ultra-light materials, more efficient solar cells, "smart" textiles or new therapeutic methods to fight cancer are a few examples of promising nanotechnology applications. Today, the development of new and innovative products is increasingly often based on nanotechnologies in industry segments. This is also challenging the educational system, but only few practice-oriented offers for teaching and learning exist and most teachers have not received any nano-specific education yet. In order to close this gap, the Innovation Society St.Gallen and the Swiss Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (SFIVET) have developed the "Swiss Nano-Cube" platform which provides material for school lessons as well as comprehensive background information for those interested in nanotechnologies.
From the Interactive "Nano Game" to the Nobel Prize in Physics
"Swiss Nano-Cube" is a knowledge and education platform providing information knowledge on diverse areas of knowledge. Playing the interactive Nanorama game, you can discover everyday nanoproducts. The NanoTeachBox offers didactic material for teaching and learning, video clips, presentations and much more to be used in classrooms. With regards to the Year of Chemistry in 2011 and the support of Metrohm Foundation, a nano chemistry module has been developed. It contains detailed instructions on how to perform illustrating nanotechnology-related experiments particularly for chemistry classes. Further modules are being developed. In addition, "Swiss Nano-Cube" offers a broad spectrum of background information on basic mechanisms and effects in the nano world and on economic, social and technical issues of nanotechnologies, as well as practical information useful for the professional life. Simultaneously, "Swiss Nano-Cube" offers TeachNano courses for the advanced training of teachers.
Knowledge and Dialogue for a Better Understanding
"Swiss Nano-Cube" is supported by private organisations and several Swiss Federal Offices (OPET, FOEN, FOAG). With their commitments, the Swiss public authorities follow the existing national strategy for the promotion of young talents in technical and scientific jobs and actively contribute to increase public communication on the opportunities and risks of nanotechnologies as it is mentioned in the Swiss Action Plan on Nanotechnologies. The platform will be evaluated by the end of 2011 and further developed with the help of experts from economy, science and education. Thus, "Swiss Nano-Cube" as a pathbreaking educational platform emphasises the pioneering role of Switzerland in education and technology.