Social and Education Nanoscience
Social and Education Nanoscience Research at NC State
Researchers in the fields of humanities and education at NC State are studying how society as a whole learns about nanotechnology. Political scientists are examining the way nanotechnology is represented in the media and how that influences people’s opinion of the science, while education researchers are studying scale and scaling to develop methods for translating the latest nanotechnology discoveries to the classroom.
Social & Education Nanoscience Centers & Labs
The Nanoscale Science Education Research Group conducts research on teaching and learning nanotechnology. With support from NSF, the group researches how students learn scale and scaling effects. They also study the important role haptic learning plays in different learning environments.
The Nanotoxicology Interdisciplinary Research Team: Intuitive Toxicology and Public Engagement is studying how the public interprets information about potential health risks of nanotechnology.
- The Public Communication of Science & Technology (PCOST) project was developed to improve public communication on science and technology, specifically emerging technologies such as nanotechnology, bionanotechnology, neurotechnology, and synthetic biology.
- The mission of The Science House is to increase student enthusiasm for science by partnering with K-12 teachers to promote hands-on inquiry-based science learning. From its six offices across the state, the Science House's student science enrichment activities, teacher training programs, and curriculum-related programs link the research university to the needs of K-12 science and mathematics education.