Nanotechnology: The World Beyond Micro DVD Kit


Note: This kit is only available to educational institutions at this special price. If you are a corporate user, you may purchase the DVD directly from Silicon Run Productions and download the supplemental educational materials from this SCME website.

This kit consists of a DVD and the Nanotechnology: The World Beyond Micro Learning Module with supporting activities and assessments. The film, "Nanotechnology: The World Beyond Micro", is produced and directed by Ruth Carranza of Silicon Run Productions.  Dr. Pleil acted as the chair to the advisory board and consulted with Ruth on this project.
The kit can be used as part of an introduction to MEMS or Microsystems Technology course or unit or any Nanotechnology course, program or unit. It provides participants with an overview of nanotechnology, applications of nano-sized particles, how we see nano-size particles, and their fabrication. The DVD may be viewed in sections, allowing time for discussion and activities before the next topic is introduced.
Key concepts covered include the imaging devices used to "see" nano-size particles, the properties of particles in the nano-scale, the fabrication processes of such particles, and the use of nano-particles in building composites, sports equipment and the medical field.


Where can I use this kit?

This is a great film for students interested in advanced technology careers or education.  Animations on the process steps are very insightful in showing how these devices are actually made and function.  Many of the scenes are shot in actual cleanrooms at Intel Corporation, Stanford, and NASA Ames giving students an idea of the various jobs used in nano-fabrication environments.  

This film can also be used to give students a reason to consider a STEM career and to focus on learning the material presented in their STEM classes.  We recommend all STEM educators to acquire this film, watch it and find ways to excite students.  The supporting activities provide reinforcement of the terminology and key concepts of nanotechnology.  They also give the students a chance to further explore the field of nanotechnology based on their personal interests.