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Nanotechnology: The Small Wonder from Atom to Space - Senior SPARK

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Course DatesWeeksMeeting TimesStatusInstructor(s)CRN
July 07, 2014 - July 11, 20141M-F 9A-12N and T,TH 1P-4PWaitlistedXin Su10128

Course Description

In this hands-on course, you will learn about nanotechnology and its broad spectrum of applications in current life. You will experience the fundamental rules behind nanotechnology through interesting experiments, activities and games. You will also see how scientists at Brown conduct leading nanotechnology research. In addition, you will get a chance to design your own nanotechnology application. Come experience the small wonder of nanotechnology that is changing this big world!

In this hands-on course, you will learn about nanotechnology and its broad spectrum of applications in current life. Nanotechnology is one of the most cutting-edge fields in science and engineering, and allows scientists to observe, touch, design and fabricate matter as small as atoms and molecules. Nanotechnology not only influences fields of chemistry and physics, but almost everything imaginable from sports to space exploration.

Do you wonder how scientists work with matter that is only 1/100,000 the width of a human hair? Have you ever heard of a nano-robot that is much smaller than blood vessels and is used to treat cancers and heart disease by entering the body? Can you imagine that scientists are able to build an elevator to the moon using carbon nanotubes which are a million times smaller than a pencil? Do you know why our electronic devices are more and more powerful? This course will begin to address some of these questions. We will focus on the fundamental concepts and fascinating "small wonders" behind nanotechnology through interesting experiments, lab visits and games. You will learn how scientists conduct leading nanotechnology research in engineering from energy device to medical device, and you will also get a chance to design your own nanotechnology applications.

After this course, you will know and use the following key concepts:
1. How big is a nanometer?
2. What is nanotechnology?
3. How can nanotechnology change our life?
4. Is nanotechnology safe?
In addition, students will obtain hands-on experience on making nanomaterials and applying these nanomaterials to change the world.

The prerequisite is 6-8th grade Math and/or Science.

*This Senior SPARK course is designed for students currently in 8th grade (entering 9th grade Fall 2014). Younger students are encouraged to register for our Junior SPARK courses.