Discovery challenges (ages 10-14)

Typically completed by 10-14 year olds (Key Stages 2 and 3), students work collaboratively on a five hour project or challenge in self-managed groups. They record and reflect on their work during the project, using a CREST Discovery passport, and communicate their findings as a group presentation.
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Workshop 2:

Workshop 2: Nanotechnology Overview and background Nanotechnology has allowed the creation of a large range of different products with applications in healthcare, technology, communication, and many other areas. Nanotechnology refers to items which are very small in size and will often require the manipulation of atoms and molecules. Aim Working in pairs the aim is for students to investigate what nanotechnology is and to find some specific examples. They should consider how nanotechnology could enrich the school environment. Part 1: What is nanotechnology? In this first section students will complete a set of tasks to help them understand more about nanotechnology. It is highly recommended that a practical activity to investigate nanotechnology is included. 1 For this workshop you should either have a sample of Magic Sand, Ferrofluid or another type of nanotechnology for students to investigate, or be able to show them a clip to demonstrate the behaviour of Magic Sand or Ferrofluid (links provided below). 2 The second task involves finding out how hard it is to manipulate items on a small scale. Using sweets, counters or beans, students should work in pairs to lay out the letters of a word (e.g. URENCO) whilst wearing large gloves (e.g. oven or gardening gloves). Make it a competition to see who can complete the word the fastest. 3 Once they have an idea of what nanotechnology is, students should be given access to the Nanotechnology Fact files provided, and laptops or computers to do their own internet research. Useful source of nanotechnology products available to consumers: 4 At the beginning of the workshop you should set a time at which the pairs need to reform the larger group and share the examples of nanotechnology they have found so far. This should be timed so that there are at least 15 minutes at the end of the session to complete the final task. 12

Part 2: Nanotechnology in school Students should now begin to consider how to apply nanotechnology in their own school. There are areas of application for them to consider and find solutions to; they are not expected to find something for each challenge but should research at least two. You will need to provide: 1 Writing materials 2 Access to computers for internet research 3 If possible, example nanotechnologies such as Magic Sand or Ferrofluid 4 Large gloves, e.g. oven gloves or gardening gloves 5 Beans or counters 6 Videos of how Magic Sand and Ferrofluid behave: Magic Sand: Ferrofluid: You will need to print: 1 Task sheets (1 per pair) 2 Nanotechnology Fact files 13