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Oxfordshire pupils discover Nanotechnology

Oxfordshire pupils discover Nanotechnology

Pupils from Oxfordshire schools visited Begbroke Science Park to attend the annual Nano Schools Day on 11 June 2014. Forty-four year 8 and 9 pupils from Wheatley Park, Wallingford and Larkmead Schools took time out of their normal day to discover the fascinating world of Nanotechnology.

The event aims to open the door to nanotechnology and show students where it is already being used in their daily lives, not to mention the vast range of future applications.  Showing pupils day to day examples makes this highly complex topic much more accessible.

Pupils took part in six practical workshops, ranging from exploring the nature of hydrophobic coatings and magic sand to discovering how small a nanometre actually is. All the sessions support the school curricula, with the knowledge they picked up today being utilised all the way through to A levels.

The activities promoted a high level of engagement from all pupils, with Zoe Charter, Wheatley Park School teacher commenting “We’ve really enjoyed the hands-on activities and we’ve learnt a few new things that are very exciting and interesting. We’ve

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 really felt very welcome and thoroughly enjoyed the visit.”Jo Wiggins, Larkmead School went on to summarise “Excellent day with lots of hands on activities and the kids loved it.”

Christiane Norenberg, Nanotechnology Business Manager at BSP said “We’re pleased to see that once again the day has been very well received by all the schools. It is highly rewarding to show the pupils how these seemingly futuristic applications are starting to appear in consumer goods already. We aim to inspire the next

 generation of scientists and engineers, and to encourage them to think imaginatively about science and nanotechnology."

The final places for BSP’s Nano Teacher Day (16 July 2014) are going fast. To book your place email events@begbroke.ox.ac.uk.

Alternatively if you would like to enquire about the 2015 Nano Schools Day please also contact events@begbroke.ox.ac.uk.

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