NANOYOU Kicks Off to Engage with European Youth about Nanotechnology

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The partners of the European science communication project NANOYOU met in Tel Aviv, Israel, on 27-28 April to kick off its educational programmes to inform young people about nanotechnology. NANOYOU is primarily funded by the European Commission and is coordinated by ORT Israel. It aims to inform European youth about nanotechnologies and to promote dialogue about their ethical, legal and social implications through a web portal and outreach activities in schools and museums throughout Europe. The project will evolve over the next two years and aims to reach a wide audience of more than 25.000 students through the participation of schools and more than 4.000 young adults through the activities at the Science Centres.

Other partners involved in different areas of the project include: EUN Partnership AISBL (European Schoolnet), The Chancellor, Masters and Scholars of the University of Cambridge, Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center at the University of Aarhus, Barcelona Science Park, The Centre for Social Innovation, Centre de Culture Scientifique Technique et Industrielle de Grenoble, La Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie and Halevi Dweck & Co. ARTTIC Israel Company Ltd.

Nanotechnologies (NTs) are the development and application of materials and processes at the “nanoscale” of individual molecules. Some NTs applications have already emerged, while others are still under development.  NT will impact the lives of every citizen. Therefore, people should be aware of its benefits, but also of possible harmful effects. However, recent surveys show a lack of understanding and knowledge of NT by the public. This is partially due to the fact that school curricula do not yet cover the subject adequately. Only by being informed will European citizens be able to contribute positively to future decision-making on the use of NTs.

The target audience of the project is composed of children and young adults 11-25 years old. A variety of programmes with relevant messages, tools and approaches will be designed for the separate educational needs and capabilities of each age group. School programmes will be designed to reach young people 11-18 years old, as well as their teachers in at least 20 EU Member States and Associated States. In parallel, the programme for 19-25 year olds will be developed in Science Centres.

Nanotechnology is a broad field, but NANOYOU will focus on three topical sub-areas: medicine, energy and environment, along with information and communication technology. This will enable the programmes to focus on problems relevant to young peoples´ daily lives, rather than attempting to cover all issues involving NT.

NANOYOU will combine temporary exhibitions, workshops, virtual games, experiments and other online content, including virtual dialogues and a virtual exhibition with simulations, animations and virtual experiments. The content will be balanced and up-to-date, and educational training materials will be prepared to equip science teachers and other personnel who participate in the programme.


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