Students will discover how many millions of signals their bodies give off every day, and how scientists are using those signals to build a new form of nano-medicine called “lab-on-a-chip” that could be used in the near future to diagnose and detect illnesses in patients before symptoms ever appear. Students will even get the chance to use their very own “lab-on-a-chip” to test and diagnose a patient and experience how useful this tiny technology will be in the future. Duration: 60 minutes Requirements: Requires a room with a sink and a whiteboard.
Participants identify key features that distinguish between cell types and then create specialized nano-capsules that seek and destroy diseases.
Nano Latch-n-Catch is a 60 minute, facilitator-led gallery laboratory activity during which participants diagnose patients by identifying key molecules that distinguish between cell types and then create specialized nanocapsules that seek and destroy diseases.
Pre and post activities are included to help prepare for the Nano Latch-n-Catch program as well as reinforce and offer extended learning of the concepts. ￼￼￼￼
"Battling Cancer with Nanotechnology" is a 6-minute video that shares the research of Mauro Ferrari, a leading pioneer in the field of cancer nanomedicine. A visionary optimist, Ferrari applied his mathematical physics and engineering skills to medicine and is determined to overcome every obstacle on the way to conquering cancer's cruel reign. Dr. Ferrari's research is one of several new nanomedicine-based approaches to cancer treatment that is explored in the Nanomedicine Explorer kiosk, website and DVD (also on nisenet.org).
"Stealth Imaging with Iron Nanoparticles" is an 8-minute video that tells the research story of Ralph Weissleder and Mukesh Harisinghani, who collaborated on the design of a clinical trial to determine if an injection of specially-designed iron-oxide nanoparticles could enhance a diagnostic image produced by an MRI machine to the extent that the spread of cancer could be accurately assessed.
At least in the case of prostate cancer, as Dr. Weissleder tells our producer in this story, “The results were stunning.”
"Zapping Tumors with Gold Nanoshells" is a 9-minute video that tells the story of two Rice University researchers, physicist Naomi Halas and bioengineer Jennifer West, who came together and hatched an idea that could someday lead to relief for millions of cancer patients. But of course the road from the lab to the cure leads through many twists and turns....
The Nanomedicine Explorer is an interactive, bilingual, multimedia program and website. Visitors can explore a variety of research areas in cancer nanomedicine through vivid animations and video story-telling up close with a diverse group of researchers. Interactive features include games, polls, and options to dig deeper into the material. Fully bilingual English/Espanol. The multimedia package on DVD can also be loaded into any computer display or custom-built cabinet to augment existing health, medicine,and nanotechnology exhibits.
Nanoparticles and Brain Tumors is a series of videos and online activities for students in grades 10 – 12 and early college to develop a nanoparticle and explore its properties, and apply nanoparticle technology to assist in virtual brain surgery. Includes teacher guide and glossary.
"Exploring Size - Ball Sorter" is a hands-on activity in which visitors use sieves with different-sized holes, to sort balls by size. They learn that researchers are developing new technologies that can sort nano-sized things, including filters with nano-sized holes.
This forum plays on very real concerns and fears of students: academic performance and taking standardized tests. The crux of this forum is: if there was a supplement or embedded nanotechnology available to the public that will enhance your cognitive abilities by making you smarter or give you instantaneous access to the internet, how would you or local community handle it? Is it cheating? By taking on roles that are somewhat familiar to them, they can put themselves into the shoes of decision makers whether they are parents, teachers, or principals.
This forum explores nanotechnology-enabled medical technologies and their potential to transform health care, while considering the societal, ethical, environmental and economic impacts of this emerging technology.
This forum asks participants to consider and discuss two nanotechnology application scenarios and the possible opportunities, impacts, risks, and benefits. They will also have the opportunity to raise questions about the societal and environmental implications of nanotechnology to a panel of experts.