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Posted: November 27, 2008

The Australian Office of Nanotechnology launches AccessNano for schools

(Nanowerk News) AccessNano will be launched at STAVCON on Friday 28 November 2008 at 2.30 pm by the Hon Julia Gillard, Deputy Prime Minister. The Australian Office of Nanotechnology in the Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research is meeting the challenge of inspiring young minds with the production of AccessNano, an Australian nanotechnology resource for secondary schools.
The official website to access all nanotechnology materials will become available at this time.
A Nanotechnology Learning Resource
AccessNano comprises teaching modules aimed at secondary school teachers. Each module is structured to provide excitement and wonder as well as covering theory appropriate for science curricula. Modules will be available for junior science, middle school science and senior topics in Chemistry. Topics addressed within the modules include:
  • understanding scale and properties at the nanoscale
  • performance materials such as carbon nanotubes, textiles, shape memory alloys and glass
  • health and medicine including drug delivery, imaging and diagnostics
  • cosmetics and sunscreens
  • the social implications of emerging technologies
  • Accessible
    AccessNano is designed to be accessible for all teachers wishing to introduce cutting-edge science into their teaching practice. The relevance of this resource to ‘real world’ nanotechnology results from close collaboration of the development team with industry, academia and teachers. AccessNano is based on the SHINE program developed by Victorian teachers and is being delivered in collaboration with Bridge8. It will be available via a website and CD from December 2008.
    Source: Science Victoria, Bridge 8