NanoKids™ Educational Outreach Program
The NanoKids™ educational outreach program, headed by Dr. James M. Tour, Chao Professor of Chemistry and Director of the Carbon Nanotechnology Laboratory at Rice University, is dedicated to increasing public knowledge of the nanoscale world and the emerging molecular research and technology that is rapidly expanding internationally. Based on actual anthropomorphic molecules synthesized in the laboratory, the NanoKids™ visual concept utilizes universally recognized forms exhibiting human characteristics to instruct, motivate, and entertain.
- To significantly increase students’ comprehension of chemistry, physics, biology, and materials science at the molecular level.
- To provide teachers with conceptual tools to teach nanoscale science and emerging molecular technology.
- To demonstrate that art and science can combine to facilitate learning for students with diverse learning styles and interests.
- To generate informed interest in nanotechnology that encourages participation in and funding for research in the field.