Nanotechnology & Nanoscience

Scanning Electron Microscope in Schools - Demonstrations and Activities

Nanotechnology is an emerging field of research and development that teachers and students want to learn more about--for knowledge, for interest, and for career choices. Our program involves the use of a scanning electron microscope (SEM) in elementary, junior and senior high schools. The microscope is brought to schools with samples for investigation. The SEM, provided by Hitachi High Technologies Canada, has a power magnification of 30 000x and uses samples from the environment. Bookings for bringing the SEM to schools are made through CMASTE. A promotional brochure and the application form is provided for download below. For those who are not able to book a visit, images and lessons are accessible from the CMASTE website. This project is being run by CMASTE for the National Institute for Nanotechnology and its partners Alberta Innovates - Technology Futures, the UofA and the National Research Council. Contact

Nanotechnology and Nanoscience Lessons

Another nanotechnology project being sponsored by Alberta Innovates is a project that involves the development and testing of nanotechnology and nanoscience lessons for all grade levels. These lessons are linked to the Alberta Education Science Programs of Study. The lessons can also be used for pre and post visits from the scanning electron microscope and are available for download for free at teh below links:

Grade 4 Grade 5 Grade 6
Grade 7 Grade 8 Grade 9
Science 10 Chemistry 20/Sci 24 Biology 30

Nanotechnology Learning Objects

The nanotechnology learning objects are highlighted teacher resources that can quickly be browsed and used for existing lessons used by teachers. The learning objects are derived from the full lessons available from Alberta Innovates.