2014 CEET High School Nanotechnology Summer Residential Camp
Nanotechnology is concerned with the control of matter on the nanometer scale- one nanometer is one billionth of a meter, or 100,000 times smaller than a human hair. This cutting edge field has become an interdisciplinary STEM field.
This residential camp gives a broad overview of nanoscience/nanotechnology as a field with many career opportunities. Students are able to gain a comprehensive understanding through activities that will introduce them to the unique properties at the nanoscale.
1. A nanometer is about the width of a strand of DNA; if you design, build, or use functional systems smaller than 100 of these, you’re a nanotechnologist.
2. Uh-oh. Studies show that nanoparticles can work their way into the bloodstream, penetrate cells, and get past the blood-brain barrier. Research has linked such particles to lung damage; the brain may be affected too.
3. But if those particles don’t kill us, they just might save us. Scientists at U.C. San Diego have designed a fluorescent nanoparticle that glows inside the body, making it easier to image tumors and organ damage.
Dr. Martin Kocanda