I have recently found a company in Victoria Australia who ship small introductory Nanotechnology learning packages for students, businesses and households. The introductory kit comes in a fun carbon nanotube shaped container. The pack includes an easy to use manual detailing many topics in Nanotechnology, ranging from Biomimicry to the ethical questions and challenges of Nanotechnology. The pack contains enough materials for 12 kitchen top experiments showcasing different aspects of Nanotechnology in action. For instance the booklet describes how to build a small model of Buckminster Fullerene and explains to you the hopes for its usage in Medical applications. The package comes with a CD-ROM with many animations of Nanotechnology in action, which I feel would be brilliant to enthuse students in science about Nanotechnology whilst still at school.
I found when I was still at school there was very little in the curriculum about Nanotechnology at all. So I feel that a product like this targeted towards school children would be a great step forward in educating people about the fast evolving science of Nanotechnology. After all as scientists it is very important for us to gain the trust of the public and for that to happen they must understand what we are doing. Without the backing of the general populace our research aims especially for Medical Nanotechnology will be very limited. So I believe for the evolution of Medical Nanotechnology as an emerging science we must now start to educate about its merits and about its possible problems. For this reason I believe that this product is a great introduction to Nanotechnology for anybody interested in the subject – CT
More information about the Nanobits introductory kit can be found at: Nanobits