Nano2Earth is a high school curriculum initially funded by the National Science Foundation and initially developed by Mike Hochella and colleagues at Virginia Tech University. Nano2Earth was accepted for publication by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) press under the new name: "Welcome to Nanoscience: Interdisciplinary Environmental Explorations, Grades 9–12."
Welcome to Nanoscience introduces nanotechnology through investigations of groundwater and is targeted for use in high school Biology, Chemistry and Earth and Environmental Science Classes. CEINT supported refinement of the NSF funded Nano2Earth curriculum so that it could be submitted to National Science Teachers Association for review for publication.
The curriculum consists of a set of nano-science lessons which can be taught as stand alone lessons or as a whole curriculum. Taken as a whole, the materials span approximately three weeks of in-class instructional activities. The curriculum booklet includes several introductory chapters that provide background on nano-scale science and technology. Each classroom-tested, inquiry-based investigation follows the BSCS 5E Instructional Model and includes step-by-step instructions, materials lists, and data charts. Teachers may choose to use individual lessons or adopt the book in its entirety.
Welcome to Nanoscience helps biology, chemistry, and Earth and environmental science teachers at the secondary level introduce the science behind nanotechnology into their curriculum. The authors begin with historical background, include tips on how to use the book, and lessons are mapped to National Science Education Standards. The book provides a unique framework for the study of nano-scale science through environmental science, specifically groundwater pollution.
"Welcome to Nanoscience: Interdisciplinary Environmental Explorations, Grades 9–12." is now available for online orders for a July 2011 publication at: http://www.nsta.org/store/product_detail.aspx?id=10.2505/9781936137329