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Forums List

Forums provide opportunities for thoughtful consideration of the relationship between science, technology, and society. Older youth and adults participate in one- to two-hour facilitated discussions that promote exploration and foster dialogue and deliberation.

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Same Sides and Let's Talk About It videos

In this program, learners are introduced to nanoscale science which includes 2 ten-minute plays that stimulate conversation about the impact the field of nanoscale science may have on our lives.
Climate Hazard Resilience extreme precipenation forum of peple talking around a table

Climate Hazard Resilience Forum: Extreme Precipitation

In this interactive forum program participants will discuss the social, economic, and environmental impacts of extreme precipitation in facilitated groups.
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Cognitive Enhancement Teen Role Play Forum

In this forum, learners grapple with the implications of two different future technologies that would enhance one's cognitive ability.
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Energy Challenges, Nanotech Solutions?

In this forum, learners take the role of a governmental funding agency and asks them to consider how nanotechnology should fit into the timeline and scope of future national energy policy.
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Privacy, Civil Liberties, and Nanotechnology Forum

In this forum, learners will discuss several nanotechnology application scenarios then deliberate in small groups and create a group response to the overarching question, "how can nanotechnology affect someone’s privacy"
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Risks, Benefits and Who Decides?

In this forum, learners discuss the strengths and weaknesses of three options, raise questions about the societal and environmental implications of nanotechnology to a panel of experts, and work in small groups to form a group recommendation drawing from the options presented.
What is Nanomedicine video and interactive graphic

Nanomedicine in Healthcare Forum

In this forum, learners explore nanotechnology-enabled medical technologies and their potential to transform health care, while considering the societal, ethical, environmental and economic impacts of this emerging technology.
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Science Cafe Guide

Professional development guide for educators on hosting an event that brings scientists and the public together in an informal setting.
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Public Forums Manual

Training guide for planning and holding public forum events.
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"Should We Engineer the Mosquito?" Forum

Building with Biology public forum where participants discuss whether the mosquito should be genetically engineered.