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Scientix Newsletter May 2014


In its latest issue from May 2014 the Scientix Newsletter focuses on teaching and learning nanotechnology, and how to introduce this topic to primary and secondary schools.


Since the mid-2000s, especially after the European Commission Action Plan for nanosciences and nanotechnologies (2005-2009), there have been numerous projects focussing on different aspects of nanotechnology for pupils. The newsletter gives an overview of these projects and their achievements: resources like learning materials, hands-on experiments, , teacher trainings, research analysis, public engagement as well as materials planned for the future.


The newsletter includes the following topics:

  • Teaching nanotechnology: interview with Dr Luisa Filipponi from the Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Centre (iNANO) at Aarhus University in Denmark
  • Nanotechnology in curricula
  • Projects in nanotechnology education


Here the direct link to the newsletter from May 2014 (PDF, 1.7 MB).


About Scientix

Scientix, an FP7 funded EU-project, promotes and supports a Europe-wide collaboration among STEM teachers (science, technology, engineering and maths), education researchers, policymakers and other STEM education professionals. Through the network of the National Contact Points (NCPs), Scientix aims to reach out to national teacher communities, and contribute to the development of national education strategies for the STEM subjects.


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The chapters on release, exposure, uptake and behavior of nanomaterials in the human body and in the environment as well as the risk assessment will give you a first overview.



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