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Disc 5: George Whitesides: Perspectives on Nanotechnology

U.S. National Science Education Standards
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Content Area Grade Levels Content Standard
Unifying Concepts and Processes Form and function K-12 Form and function are complementary aspects of objects, organisms, and systems in the natural and designed world. The form or shape of an object or system is frequently related to use, operation, or function. Function frequently relies on form.
Unifying Concepts and Processes Understandings about science and technology 5-8 Perfectly designed solutions do not exist. All technological solutions have trade-offs, such as safety, cost, efficiency, and appearance.
Understandings about science and technology 9-12 Science often advances with the introduction of new technologies. Solving technological problems often results in new scientific knowledge. New technologies often extend the current levels of scientific understanding and introduce new areas of research.
Science in Personal and Social Perspectives 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 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.
History and Nature of Science Historical perspectives 9-12 Occasionally, there are advances in science and technology that have important and long-lasting effects on science and society.

Massachusetts Science and Technology Educational Framework

Content Area Grade Levels Content Standard
Biology Structure and Function of Cells 9-10 Broad Concept: All living things are composed of cells. Life processes in a cell are based on molecular interactions.
Chemistry Atomic Structure 10-11 Understand that matter has properties of both particles and waves.
Technology and Engineering Materials, Tools and Machines 6-8 Broad Concept: Appropriate materials, tools, and machines enable us to solve problems, invent, and construct.
Bioengineering Technologies 6-8 Broad Concept: Bioengineering technologies explore the production of mechanical devices, products, biological substances, and organisms to improve health and/or contribute improvement to our daily lives.
Communication Technologies 9-10 Explain how information travels through different media, e.g., electrical wire, optical fiber, air, space.