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Digital Continuing Education Series: Nanotechnology for the Classroom

November 6th, 2020

Macro, micro, nano... Nanotechnology has long since found its way into our everyday life and is considered one of the most promising fields of research. Among other things, it can be used to produce materials with completely new properties, for example for water-repellent surfaces or for particularly efficient batteries. It can be used to teach chemistry in schools in the context of current research. Teachers can also integrate the daily living environment of the students. To assist with the implementation, the free digital lecture series "Nanotechnology for the classroom" will be held for the first time in the Winter Semester 20/21.

On the second Thursday of the month at 6 p.m. starting November 12, 2020 scientists will provide online insights into current nano research and offer suggestions for use in chemistry lessons with lectures and experiments. The event is a joint venture between Kiel University, its nanoscience research focus KiNSIS (Kiel Nano Surface and Interface Science), the Leibniz Institute for Science and Mathematics Education (IPN), the Kiel Forschungswerkstatt and the Institute for Quality Development in Schools Schleswig-Holstein (IQSH).

Teachers, student teachers and anyone interested are cordially invited to the digital advanced training series (held in German). Prior registration by e-mail to Silke Rönnebeck () is required. You can find further registration information here.

The event series’ program

  • November 12, 2020

Why nanotechnology for teaching?

Perspectives from technical science, didactics, teaching practice and science communication

Prof. Dr. Ilka Parchmann, IPN Kiel

Dr. Insa Stamer and Tobias Plöger, Kiel Forschungswerkstatt

Britta Stäcker, IQSH

  •  December 10, 2020

Diffusion in a battery - ion migration made easy

Dr. Ing. Sandra Hansen, Kiel University

Wetting: Nanomaterials for self-cleaning surfaces

Dr. Ing. Sören Kaps, Kiel University

  • January 14, 2021

Nanoporous materials - small holes, big effect

Prof. Dr. Norbert Stock, Kiel University

  • February 11, 2021

Light and smart thanks to function and structure

M. Sc. Leonard Siebert, Kiel University

You can download the program (in German) here.

Normally, the partners offer a "Nano Summer School" lasting several days during the summer break, which had to be cancelled this year due to the corona pandemic. "We are aware that a digital series of events cannot replace the Summer School with its many opportunities for personal experimentation and intense peer exchange," says organizer Dr. Silke Rönnebeck of the IPN. "Rather, the lecture series is intended to give interested teachers and student teachers a first insight into the potential and possibilities of nanotechnology for chemistry lessons and to offer suggestions for further discussion of this topic". The Nano Summer School 2021 will provide an opportunity to deepen the content of the lecture series.

The events were developed in the project "Lehramt mit Perspektive" (LeaP@CAU), which is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research as part of the joint "Quality Initiative for Teacher Education" by the German federal and state governments. They are recognized as continuing education courses for teachers.

Contact at the IPN
Silke Rönnebeck
Ph.: +49 (0)431 880 3115