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Nanotechnology is a new area of scientific research that has potential to affect many varied areas of our society. What does nanotechnology mean? It involves making starting with individual atoms and, in some cases, making small-scale versions of existing technology. It has the potential to profoundly change our economy, improve our standard of living, and perhaps bring about the next industrial revolution. Some nanotechnology ideas have potentially broad societal and ethical implications, some positive & some negative. Individual Au atoms are placed in a circle
Task You are a nanotechnology researcher and are competing for research funds from the National Science Foundation (NSF). Recent budget cuts are causing increased competition among research groups for the now-limited government funds. You and the other competing research groups are being given the opportunity to present your case to the NSF to support your project’s continued funding. How well you present your case can have a great impact on where these research dollars are spent and, thus, the future of nanotechnology in our country, and our status in the world’s scientific community. The meeting is coming up soon! You formulate your plan of action! You think the best idea is to present information supporting your project’s past funding (since you can name so many successful developments in your area already) and give reasons why funding should continue (there are so many promising projects in the pipeline). Because board is composed of many respected scientists, you also decide to impress them with the science behind one current use of nanotechnology in your area, and one proposed use as well. This is your chance! You'll need to present your case, illustrating past nanotechnology developments in your area and future development, along with the thorough science explanations. Your information will be used by the NSF committee to determine the budgetary allocations for the different research groups vying for funding. How much of the $1.5 billion dollar budget will be yours? Good luck!
You will view any or all of the six web-sites below and determine which of the eight area of nanotechnology research (listed in box) your research group will select to defend to the NSF board. You may surf off of these sites as well, as they contain many links. 1.)http://www.molecularassembler.com/Nanofactory/http://www.molecularassembler.com/Nanofactory/ 2.)http://nano.asme.org/http://nano.asme.org/ 3.)http://www.nanotech-now.com/nano_intro.htmhttp://www.nanotech-now.com/nano_intro.htm 4.) http://www.foresight.org/cms/resources/58http://www.foresight.org/cms/resources/58 (scroll down to “Additional Educational Resources” and anything below that as well) 5.) http://www.nsf.gov/discoveries/index.jsp?prio_area=10http://www.nsf.gov/discoveries/index.jsp?prio_area=10 6.) http://www.nanotechproject.org/inventories/consumer/http://www.nanotechproject.org/inventories/consumer/ Nanotechnology Areas Computers Environment Defense/Military Energy Production Medicine/Health Agriculture Transportation Space Exploration What do we need to do to prepare for our presentation to the NSF board? (go to next slide)
Your group will present its case for funding your selected area of nanotechnology research before the NSF board. For the presentation, you may create a PowerPoint, a video, a brochure, or any other acceptable such visual to influence the board. Upon completion of all presentations, the board will vote on how to distribute the $1.5 billion in research funds. The board will consist of Mrs. Honzel and the rest of the class minus the group that is presenting. Based upon scores received, the groups will be ranked 1-3 in order of deserving of funding. The top 3 overall vote- getters will be the NSF recipients. The $1.5 billion will be divided among the top 3 groups based on percent of overall points.
Evaluation 10 pts8 pts5 or fewer pts Clarity & Accuracy of Current Uses or Research Clear explanation of current uses of nanotech in this area and of the science behind ONE specific current use. Obvious understanding by all speakers. Accurate and thorough information given. Some clarity and signs of understanding topic. Largely accurate. Obvious lack of understanding of topic by members. Inaccurate discussion. Defense of Continued Funding for Future Research Clear explanation of proposed uses of nanotech in this area and of the science behind ONE specific proposed use. Obvious understanding by all speakers. Fully justified continued funding. Some clarity and signs of understanding topic. Largely accurate. Fuzzy justification of continued funding. Obvious lack of understanding of topic by members. Inaccurate discussion. Poor justification of funding. PresentationOrganized and well-planned. Enjoyable, creative, and held audience’s attention. Fairly organized. Audience seemed a little bored. Mistakes distracted the audience. Obvious that it was your 1 st time through Group CooperationCooperated well with even distribution of work. Equal effort expended by each group member. Group argued occasionally but worked reasonably well together. Procrastinated and did not make good use of class time, and/or argued frequently. Visual for NSF BoardEnhanced audience’s understanding of topic, was legible/audible, information well- presented. Mildly informative and mostly legible/audible. Seemed slapped together at the last minute, did not enhance our understanding. The top 3 vote-getters from the NSF presentation will receive 5, 4, and 3 extra credit points, respectively.
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