The University of Wisconsin-Madison Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (UW MRSEC) Interdisciplinary Education Group uses examples of nanotechnology and advanced materials to explore science and engineering concepts at the college level, and brings the "wow" and potential of nanotechnology and advanced materials to the public.
They work to enhance public appreciation of science and engineering through a central theme of "Exploring the Nanoworld," using web dissemination to novice learners, presentations in general public venues, and contributions to popular publications and media.http://www.nanoed.org/
The NanoEd Resource Portal is a dynamic repository for information dissemination, research and collaborations among the community of nanoscale science and engineering education (NSEE) learners, teachers and researchers. The goal of NanoEd Resource Portal is to build up a comprehensive network and resource portal to serve the greater NSEE community around the globe.
The NanoSense project (2004-2008) addressed the question of how to teach nanoscale science at the high school level. Working closely with scientists and educators, the project created, tested, and disseminated 4 curriculum units to help high school teachers and students understand nanoscale science.
This three-year project worked to enhance science and technology teaching in grades 10-14 by providing Molecular Literacy content in support of careers in biotechnology and nanotechnology. The project developed new materials that used highly interactive molecular dynamics and quantum mechanics models, and embed these models in learning activities that are appropriate for both core science courses and specialized courses teaching biotechnology and nanotechnology workplace competencies. In developing these materials, the Concord Consortium worked with its partner, Middlesex Community College, Bedford, Massachusetts, as well as its feeder high schools, additional community colleges (including Roxbury Community College, Parkland College, and Wachusetts Community College), biotechnology and nanotechnology companies, and CORD, an educational non-profit in Texas, which provided national dissemination.
Podcasts and videocasts for developments in the science of nanotechnology.