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Monday, 17 October 2016

The second session of NanoEduca took place in ICN2 and Science Faculty of UAB

More than 20 teachers came at UAB Campus in order to be introduced into the nanoworld through a presentation and a visit in the ICN2 building, including a stop on a laboratory with a talk by ICREA Research Prof. Aitor Mugarza. Also, the assistants had the opportunity to be in a training area from the Science Faculty of UAB where nanoscience and nanotechnology is taught.



NanoEduca is a program designed to introduce nanoscience and nanotechnology to students and teachers of secondary school. This project is an initiative promoted by Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2), University of Barcelona (UB), Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) and CESIRE from the Catalan Ministry of Education. Briefly, NanoEduca offers training sessions for teachers, an experimental kit to be used in the classrooms and a posters competition once a year where students show what they have learned. Currently, the project is starting its second edition by training teachers into the nanoworld through different sessions and activities, such as the one that occurred last week on October 13 at UAB Campus.

Splitted in two groups, the teachers attended some activities. In ICN2, Àlex Argemí, Head of the ICN2 Marketing and Communication Department, made an introductory presentation about the nanoworld. Moreover, he emphasized in the communication projects that exist nowadays and their importance, in order to get nanoscience and nanotechnology closer to society such as NanoEduca does; also, he explained some European projects like NANO2ALL, that aims to put responsible research at the core of its methodology to create a climate of dialogue and engagement. After the presentation, the group visited the Institute including a stop on the laboratory of the Atomic Manipulation and Spectroscopy Group, led by ICREA Research Prof. Aitor Mugarza. The researcher talked about the investigations he leads, described the Scanning Tunnelling Microscope (STM) and answered all questions.

In the Science Faculty of the UAB, Gemma Garcia, Vicedean of Students from Science Faculty of UAB, showed the areas of training where the Degree in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology of the UAB is taught. The teachers could interact with the two microscopes the laboratory has: an Atomic Force Microscope (AFM) and a STM. Also, Gemma Garcia explained the theory that exists behind every machine and, this way, the attendance understood better the nanoworld. Finally, the group studied superhidrofobicity through an example with sand that became wet or not using nanoscience and nanotechnology. 

Next session will take place at UB. There, the teachers will learn how to work with nanoscience and nanotechnology and its risks and benefits.