More than 15 research institutes and universities participated at the 10alamenos9 Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Festival with more than 100 activities
The biggest Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Festival in Spain, 10alamenos9, which takes place simultaneously in different cities (Barcelona, Campus UAB-Bellaterra, Zaragoza, San Sebastián and Madrid), has organized more than 100 activities and reached more than 50 primary schools and secondary high schools, with their respective students. More than 15 research institutes and universities participated in the event.
On April 26th, Anna May gave a "demonstrative seminar" about different nanomaterials and explained some of their applications in commercial products. The students could see and touch the materials, and were very surprised about how light is a silica aerogel, about the color of gold nanoparticles, and about the magnetism of iron oxide nanoparticles, for example. Cosmocaixa hosted most of the 10alamenos9 activities in Barcelona; during both days, the museum was full of students immersed in nanotechnology.
The week before, on April 22nd, Anna May also participated in the III Nano-Outreach Meeting, in which she presented the outreach activity "A researcher in your classroom", in which voluntary scientists from ICMAB go to a high school class and explain their job and their research to the students. This activity is very popular among students, who are happy to see scientists in their own classroom. In the Nano-Outreach Meeting, other research centers presented some interesting outreach activities, such as NanoKomik or NanoEduca.
Nanoscience and nanotechnology is not the future, it is already the present, and it is important to give the tools to young people, to fully understand their basic concepts, to be able to understand its implications, risk, opportunities and applications, and to be critical with their opinions. Nanotechnology outreach activities are necessary to increase the general knowledge related to this science discipline in our society.
Looking forward for next year's 10alamenos9 Festival!
More information: http://10alamenos9.es/es/congreso-de-nanotecnologia/
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