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Wednesday, 12 March 2014

ESCOLAB: Future Researchers at ICN2

In February and March 2014, ICN2 will welcome EscoLab high school students for their annual visit to the institute. Through presentations and laboratory tours, students will learn about the advanced tools and cutting-edge research of ICN2. In collaboration with EscoLab, ICN2 aims to inspire high school students to become involved in science and technology, support local teachers in their training, and serve as a resource of nanoscience and nanotechnology for educational programs.

ESCOLAB is a program of the Ajuntament de Barcelona that gives high school students the opportunity to visit the leading laboratories in Barcelona and learn about the latest scientific advances. The Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2) is one of the research centres that the students visit. ICN2 aims to motivate young people to become interested and involved in science and technology, support teachers in their training, and serve as a source of information on nanoscience and nanotechnology for classrooms and educational programs.

For the past 5 years, ICN2 has collaborated with Escolab to bring excellent research laboratories closer to schools. This year, 100 students from 5 different schools are scheduled to visit ICN2. The students, between 15 and 18 years old, will attend presentations about ICN2 and basic concepts of nanotechnology and microscopy. Under the guidance of our hospitable researchers, the young visitors will visit laboratories and interactively learn about the exciting research that takes place at ICN2.

The first group of 2014 were welcomed to ICN2 on the 26th of February. At the conclusion of their visit, the students and teachers were satisfied and aware of having been in a special centre that represents the cutting-edge of scientific research. Because of the success of these visits and the increasing demand from schools to learn about, see, and touch nanoscience and nanotechnology, ICN2 will continue to take part in this valuable outreach program.

ESCOLAB VISITS TO ICN2 SCHEDULED FOR 2014

Wednesday, February 26th: Escola Sant Gervasi ( Mollet del Vallés)Monday, March 10th: Centre d’Estudis Prat (Barcelona)Thursday, March 13th: IIESM Anna Gironella (Barcelona)Thursday, March 20th: Escola Municipal de Treball (Granollers)Thursday, March 27th: Stucom (Barcelona)