From small Science Comes BIG Decisions


The NSF supported Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center (NSEC) at the University of Wisconsin Madison has developed an innovative web based lesson for middle and high school students titled "From Small Science Comes Big Decisions".

The webquest, developed by NSEC RET teacher Jeanne Nye, asks to students to make decisions about future funding of nanotechnology. Through interactive research and lively debate students learn about social, environmental, and economic impacts of nanoscience and technology on areas ranging from military to medicine and from the environment to education.

Students debate the issues and decide how to fund different areas of nanotechnology research. A website has been set up for classes around the country to share their funding decisions and see the decisions of their peers.

The webquest is available on the following website: http://ice.chem.wisc.edu/WebQuest.html

Image of the From small Science Comes BIG Decisions website.

Image of the From small Science Comes BIG Decisions website.

Primary Strategic Outcome Goal:

Learning: The webquest helps to build strong foundations and foster innovation to improve K-12 teaching, learning and evaluation in science and mathematics.

Secondary Strategic Outcome Goals:

How does this highlight address the strategic outcome goal(s) as described in the NSF Strategic Plan 2006-2011?

Learning - The lesson helps to build strong foundations and foster innovation to improve K-12 teaching, learning and evaluation in science and mathematics.

Learning - The lesson helps to integrate research with education, and build capacity.