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Nano in our every-day life: a blessing or a curse?

24. November 2017

Klick!:labor program offers students insights into nanotechnology.

Sunscreen, bandages, paint and varnish – these are just a few examples of how we use nanotechnology in everyday products.

The Kieler Forschungswerkstatt’s nawi:klick!-laboratory offers students in grades eight to ten an insight into how nanotechnology mimics some of nature’s best inventions and whether this technology might bear unintended risks for society.

Small groups of students will be lead through a series of six experiments, investigating and creating silver nanoparticle or using a scanning microscope to discover what dissolving sugar in tea has to do with nanoscale objects.

At the end of the day, a quiz for the students will recap and expand upon what they have learned about the topic.

The Kieler Forschungswerkstatt offers teaching material in advance so that the topic can be prepared in class prior to the laboratory visit, as well as follow up teaching material to recall and digest the experiments to answer additional questions and deepen the understanding of the topic.

The preparation and follow-up teaching material covers each a double classroom units and is part of the Kiel Science Outreach Campus (KiSOC) research project of Maria Weisermann. Ms Weisermann is studying how to instill long-term, sustainable knowledge in science as well as foster a continued interest in it. “We are examining if mandatory teaching units before and after the laboratory visit have an influence on the learning outcome, the self-image of the students, or even their choice of a future career.”

There are spots available for the current school year, targeting students from grade eight to ten.

The Kieler Forschungswerkstatt also offers the klick! -program for students from grade ten to thirteen, open spots are available for this program as well.

Prior registration in necessary; the program is free.

In short:
nawi:klick! for students grade eight to ten
Where: Kieler Forschungswerkstatt, klick!:labor, Am Botanischen Garten 14f, 24118 Kiel
Registration: Kieler Forschungswerkstatt, klick!:labor
Phone: 0431-880-5916
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