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Thursday, 07 April 2016

NanoEduca closes its first pilot project with 20 schools in the CCCB

With the aim of bringing nanoscience and nanotechnology closer to the classrooms, the promoters of the Program designed a kit of educational nano experiences that linked with different subjects. NanoEduca is formed by University of Barcelona (UB), the Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2), the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) and CESIRE (Catalan Department of Education). Over 200 students participated in the event held at the Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona (CCCB), as part of the Festival 10alamenos9.

The closing ceremony of the NanoEduca pilot program, which involced over 20 Catalan schools during 2015-2016, was held on April 6 at the CCCB. The act included a contest of scientific posters made by high school students and interventions by the stand-up comedy monologists of Big Van Theory, the passionate of the optimistic science Josep Maria Mainat and the researcher Samuel Sanchez Ordonez, group leader at the Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC).

You can see the entire ceremony in the ICN2 Youtube Channel.

The NanoEduca program is promoted jointly by the University of Barcelona (UB), the Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2), the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) and the CESIRE the Department of Education. This initiative aims to bring nanoscience and nanotechnology closer to the classrooms. Nanoscience is not included explicitly in the curriculum of students. For this reason the Program coordinators have designed a series of nano-related experiments that teachers can use to explain content that is included in the curriculum of different subjects.

The material for the experiments is facilitated through a kit, which is accompanied by educational brochures to support the development and contextualization of the activities. The kits include experiences related to nanoparticles, materials with shape memory, piezoelectricity, graphene, microscopy, theoretical concepts and even an RPG game. Find more details in the NanoEduca Youtube Channel. New kits, enhanced thanks to the pilot experience, will be available next year to the education community through the CESIRE’s loan service.

The NanoEduca program is funded through the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (FECYT), the ICN2 Severo Ochoa Program and the Catalan Foundation for Research and Innovation (FCRi). The closing ceremony was held in the context of the Festival 10alamenos9, organised by the same actors and funded by FECYT. The CCCB, a regular collaborator of the institutions behind NanoEduca, offered its spaces for this event as part of the educational activities of the Human+ exhibit.