U.S. Education Standards Connections
Disc 4: Nanotechnology and the Consumer

U.S. National Science Education Standards

Content Area Grade Levels Content Standard
Science in Personal and Social Perspectives Risks and benefits 5-8 Important personal and social decisions are made based on perceptions of benefits and risks.
Science and technology in society 5-8 Societal challenges often inspire questions for scientific research, and social priorities often influence research priorities through the availability of funding for research.
Science and technology in society 5-8 Technological changes are often accompanied by social, political, and economic changes that can be beneficial or detrimental to individuals and to society. Social needs, attitudes, and values influence the direction of technological development.
Natural and human-induced hazards 9-12 Natural and human-induced hazards present the need for humans to assess potential danger and risk. Many changes in the environment designed by humans bring benefits to society, as well as cause risks. The scale of events and the accuracy with which scientists and engineers can (and cannot) predict events are important considerations.
Science and technology in local, national, and global challenges 9-12 Individuals and society must decide on proposals involving new research and the introduction of new technologies into society. Decisions involve assessment of alternatives, risks, costs, and benefits and consideration of who benefits and who suffers, who pays and gains, and what the risks are and who bears them.