o The Frog Blog: CRANN Launch 'Nano in my Life' DVD Resource Pack & Nano Science Competition

Friday, 18 November 2011

CRANN Launch 'Nano in my Life' DVD Resource Pack & Nano Science Competition


Nano in my Life is a new teaching resources for science teachers providing resources to introduce their students to nanoscience, nanomaterials and nanotechnology. Produced by CRANN, TCD's Centre for Research on Adaptive Nanostructures & Devices, the pack introduces nanoscience in modular form with seven sections to the course: what is nanoscience; microscopy; nano in nature (below); nanoscience & materials; nanotechnology & ICT; nanoscience & health research and nano & the environment. The pack is brilliantly presented and contains two DVD's - the first contains a short video on each of the seven sub topics and the second contains all the resource materials required by the teacher.

CRANN, having worked with three science teachers over the summer months, have produced a truly brilliant resource - ideally suited to Transition Year science students. The modules are conceived extremely well, the learning outcomes are clear, concise & attainable, the activities are interactive and relevant, the videos are brilliant produced and perfectly suited to the target audience and the PowerPoint presentations provide the teacher with a useful tool for guiding the lessons. The pack contains a set of teacher notes with background information on each topic, syllabus links for junior science and each of the senior science subjects, suggested timing of lessons and activities, worksheets, crosswords and procedures for the suggested experimental work. To get your copy of this brilliant pack email nanoinmylife@tcd.ie.

To celebrate the launch of this excellent resource CRANN, along with the Irish Science Teachers Association (ISTA), have launched a new poster competition - What's next for nano? Entrants are asked to design a poster outlining future ideas or innovations for nanotechnology, based on what they have learnt during the module. Posters must be A1 in size and can be made by teams of up to four. Prizes include an iPad, iPod nanos (brilliant!), iTunes vouchers and trips to CRANN's nanoscience research centre. There is loads of time to enter, with the closing date not until March 30th 2012. The winning poster will be displayed at the 50th Annual ISTA Conference in April 2012.