USU to introduce nanotechnology to school students
Ulyanovsk State University has won a 10-million-rouble grant from the Federal Ministry of Education to develop an “Introduction to nanotechnology” course soon to be integrated into high school curricula throughout Russia.
USU, which boasts a state-of-the-art nano center, won out over such serious competitors as state universities of Moscow and Novosibirsk.
USU scholars participating in the project will focus on putting together textbooks and study manuals to be used in high school physics, chemistry and biology classes. As part of the project, several educational conferences will be organized both in and out of Ulyanovsk.
In addition to several USU units, such as school of physics and engineering, microbiology department and nano center, the project will be implemented by state retraining centers of two other major Russian cities, Pskov and Rostov.
Victor Golovanov, USU vice-rector for research, says that the university welcomes contributions of anyone interested in promoting nanotech instruction.
Nanotechnology is fast becoming a priority in Russia, which aims to shift away from the natural resource-based towards a knowledge-based economy.
An expert committee will star reviewing the proposed teacher and learner resources in early November.