Give the ability of nanoscience and nanotechnology to exploit the
unique properties that matter exhibits at the nanoscale, the research resulting
from there emerging fields is poised to dramatically affect everyday life. In
fact, many widely used electronic, pharmaceutical, cosmetic and textile
products already employ nanotechnology.
With the support of the National Science Foundation, scientists,
educators, researchers and curriculum developers have achieved a rough
consensus on what the key concepts – or “big ideas” – of nanoscience might be
for middle years and secondary school science students:
This volume provides in-depth discussions of each big idea. Nine
additional chapters examine learning goals and how to reach them, students’
likely misconceptions and ideas for integrating nanoscale science and
engineering with traditional science content.
An appreciation of nanoscience will help students understand
fundamental science concepts across disciplines. Also, learning the enormous
implications of the extremely tiny nanoscale phenomena will pique students’
interest in the study of 21st-century science and at the same time
motivate them to learn traditional science.