The "Sweet Self-Assembly" program focuses on the creation of macrocapsules using self-assembly techniques. Participants make edible macrocapsules using techniques similar to those being used in laboratories to make nanocapsules or “smart drugs”.
- Identify self-assembly as a process by which molecules and cells form themselves into specific, ordered structures under the right conditions.
- Acknowledge that self-assembly can be used by scientists to create objects on the nano-scale.
- Understand that nano is very, very small.
- Discover that scientists are using self-assembly to create nanocapsules which can be less harmful than regular medicines.
- Scientists and engineers have formed the interdisciplinary field of nanotechnology by investigating properties and manipulating matter at the nanoscale.
- Nanoscience, nanotechnology, and nanoengineering lead to new knowledge and innovations that weren't possible before.
- Nanotechnologies—and their costs, utility, risks, and benefits—are closely interconnected with society and with our values.
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