2007 NSTI Nanotechnology Conference and Trade Show - Nanotech 2007 - 10th Annual

An integrated, industry-linked approach to developing a nanotechnology curriculum for secondary students in Australia

K.J.S. Alford, F. Calati and P.N. Binks
Bridge 8 Pty Ltd, AU

Keywords:
nanotechnology, education, industry, society

Abstract:
Nanotechnology is a discipline that will require scientists to draw upon many disciplines in order to develop it to its full potential. It will also require significant public engagement to debate and decide on nanotechnology’s place in society. The Government of the State of Victoria (Australia) has made nanotechnology education a priority, and invested in the development of a program tailored to the State’s anticipated needs. A partnership between one of Australia’s leading secondary colleges and industry is developing a nanotechnology curriculum for secondary schools. This approach is distinctive for three reasons. First, the curriculum is focussed on nanotechnologies, building on a core of physics, chemistry, and biology. Second, Victorian industry has been engaged directly with the education team to promote learning in nanotechnology. Third, the curriculum addresses the breadth of applications and their implications for society. This collaboration is designed to deliver a set of valuable skills for industry and the community as nanotechnology becomes a mainstream activity.

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