An innovative curriculum that exposes the students to a cutting-edge emerging topic, while introducing them to scientific knowledge and its applications, alongside social and environmental implications.
The Nanotechnology discipline is an emerging subject that has been gaining momentum in recent years, the essence of which is utilizing the unique characteristics of miniaturized components (ranging from only just a few nanometers to a few tenths of a micron) in order to produce materials with new characteristics. Nowadays, since nanotechnology is continuously evolving and there are already quite a few applications on the market, it makes sense to provide information on nanotechnology in the schools as well.
The Nanotechnology – What a Small World curriculum, developed at the Israel Sci-Tech School’s Research and Development Center, exposes the students to a cutting-edge emerging topic while introducing them to scientific knowledge and its applications, alongside social and environmental implications.
The teaching and learning processes integrate a variety of methods: online self-study, discussions, demonstrations and experiments, laboratory activities alongside tours of nanotechnology laboratories in research institutions, interactive dilemmas, and role-playing.
The European Nanopinion program has been translated into Hebrew and is an extension of the Nanotechnology – What a Small World program. This curriculum facilitates the students’ online learning about various nanotechnology applications. The Nanopinion Hebrew program focuses on the relevance of these applications to the students’ world, enabling students to discover principles such as implementation as a solution to the problem, and the problem as a social/scientific/technological combination.