Nanoscience Education, Workforce Training, and K-12 Resources
Designing for nano-aware individuals in both the public and private sectors, this volume - the first of its kind - provides a concise, readable resource on the nanoscience education and workforce development in the field. The first part of the book provides a historical perspective on the complexity of K-12 education communities, while presenting inspiring examples of successful changes, including a definition of nanotechnology and a broad evaluation of the global and national landscapes of the field. The second section, Teaching Nanotechnology, turns to the critical process of teaching K-12 students the skills to understand and evaluate emerging technologies they will encounter in the future. The third part investigates the current status of developed teaching materials with links to all resources, evaluating the U.S. model and comparing with others around the world. The last section considers plans of action, offering links to sustainable development tools. It is a book designed to enhance awareness, review the facts, and fabricate a platform from which to launch a plan.
Akhlesh Lakhtakia, one of the contributors to this volume, was recently featured on CNN in a discussion on solar energy.
by gilbertb — last modified November 29, 2010 - 17:23
- Provides a concise and exceptionally readable resource for busy people interested in the future of nanoscience with regard to K-12 education, technician training, and economic development
- Employs graphical illustrations and flow charts to support concepts
- Eschews excessive detail in favor of concise summaries
- Provides references and links for teachers to explore nanoscience curricula for implementation in classrooms
- Considers small business and nanotech clusters