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Nanotechnology is a multidisciplinary field of discovery. Scientists working in physics, chemistry, biology, engineering, information technology, metrology, and other fields are contributing to today's research breakthroughs.

Dr. Robert Chang on Teaching and Learning Nanotechnology

Robert ChangRobert P.H. Chang, director of the National Center for Learning and Teaching (NCLT), explains the goals and challenges facing education in the field of nanotechnology in an interview with NNCO. Dr. Chang is a professor of materials science and engineering at Northwestern University.

Nano Teaching Resources Available at

NCLT logoTeachers looking for help with nanoscience and technology curriculum can find assistance on the NanoEd Resource Portal. NanoEd is a "one-click resource" site for finding educational resources and to showcase work to facilitate collaborations within the Nanoscale Science and Engineering Education (NSEE) community.

The site, sponsored by the National Center for Learning and Teaching in Nanoscale Science and Engineering (NCLT), offers educational resources to help teachers with nanotechnology-related concepts, simulations, and activities for the classroom.

NCLT, funded by the National Science Foundation, was established in October 2004 to build national capacity in nanoscale science and engineering education. Housed at Northwestern University, NCLT collaborates with scientists at the following research institutions: University of Michigan, Purdue University, University of Illinois at Chicago, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Argonne National Laboratory, Alabama A&M University, Fisk University, Hampton University, Morehouse College, and University of Texas at El Paso.

NISE Network

NISE logoThe Nanoscale Informal Science Education (NISE) Network brings researchers and informal science educators together to inform the public about nanoscience and technology. Now, through a new Web site, the NISE Network Resource Center, you can access a vast collection of educational resources and even join in this creative community effort.

For teachers, students, or anyone interested in nanoscience and the many potential nanotechnology applications, the Web site's content includes study materials, academic approaches, collections of graphics, a newsletter, links to other institutions working in the field, and much more.

The NISE Network consists of the Museum of Science, Boston, the Exploratorium in San Francisco, the Science Museum of Minnesota and a growing group of partners and advisors. With a five-year, $20 million grant from the National Science Foundation, the NISE Network is working to bring the education and research communities together in an effort to

Read more about the projects of the NISE Network.

When Things Get Small

When Things Get Small What could a stadium-size bowl of peanuts, a shrinking elephant and a crazed hockey player have to do with nanoscience? Those are just some of the goofy excursions that await you when witty host Adam Smith and wacky physicist Ivan Schuller take you on an irreverent, madcap, comically corny romp into the real-life quest to create the smallest magnet ever known. "When Things Get Small" was funded by the National Science Foundation, and produced by UCSD-TV in partnership with the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2).

See When Things Get Small (Nano fun on TV)

left quote mark A five-year goal of the NNI is to ensure that 50% of US research institutions' faculty and students have access to the full range of nanoscale research facilities, and student access to education in nanoscale science and engineering is enabled in at least 25% of the research universities.right quote

Mihail C. Roco, NSF Senior Advisor for Nanotechnology.