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What is Nanotechnology?

Nanotechnology is the study and design of systems at the nanoscale - the scale of atoms.

Have I seen nanotechnology before?

Almost certainly yes! Nanotechnology is used in:

  • Silicon chips
  • Computer disk drives
  • Light emitting diodes (LED lights)
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How can I learn about nanotechnology?

IPSE offers a wide variety of nanotechnology education opportunities. We offer workshops to educators and often give demonstrations at museums and science fairs. We also have a series of downloadable activities that you can try at home or in your classroom!

The Internships in Public Science Education program is funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation. This program is a collaboration between the University of Wisconsin Materials Research Science and Engineering Center on Nanostructured Materials and Interfaces and the James Lovell Museum of Science, Economics & Technology in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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