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June 26: Welcome Orientation @ Stevenson College

 

June 27 10:00 - 11:45 June 28 9:00 - 10:45 June 29 10:00 - 11:45 June 30 9:00 - 11:45 July 1 9:00 - 10:45

Team & consensus building

Speech to UN, Philosophy of class, Traffic Jam activity

 

Read: TC Introduction, Overview by 6/28

Introduction

Context, ICE-9 strategy

 

Read: TC Chapter 1 by 6/29

Read Size & Scale (5 web pages)

What is nanotechnology?

Materials with nanoscale dimensions, molecular precision, nanoscale machines

 

Read: TC Chapter 2 by 6/30

Read: DA pp. 3 - 105 by 7/5

What is nanotechnology?

Library tour

Library research

Report to class

Why do we use nanotechnology?

Health, computation, manufacturing, conflict

 

Read: TC Chapter 3 by 7/6

July 4 July 5 9:00 - 10:45 July 6 10:00 - 11:45 July 7 9:00 - 11:45 July 8 9:00 - 10:45

Holiday

Reports from Team a

 

Read: DA pp. 106 - 251 by 7/11

Where does nanotechnology come from?

Direct manipulation, self-assembly & catalysis, self-replication

 

Read: TC Chapter 4 by 7/7

View Virtual SEM by 7/7

How does nanotechnology work?

Bonding & reactivity of atoms

Quantum effects & interface problems

How does nanotechnology work?

 

Guest Lecture: Jonathan Trent on bioengineering of protein molecules and biomaterials?

 

Read: TC Chapter 5 by 7/12

July 11 10:00 - 11:45 July 12 9:00 - 10:45 July 13 10:00 - 11:45 July 14 9:00 - 4:00 July 15 9:00 - 10:45

Reports from Team ß

 

Solutions to Moore's Law and More by Jason

 

Read: DA pp. 252 - 384 by 7/18

How does nanotechnology change?

Autocatalysis, market forces, evolution

 

Guest lecture and lab visit: Ali Shakouri on thermoelectric conversion?

Activity: Scanning probe microscopy

 

Read: TC Chapter 6 by 7/13

Guest lecture and demo: Holger Schmidt on magnetics and nano-optics, View presentation

 

Read: TC Chapter 7 by 7/15

Fieldtrip to Tech Museum of Innovation (9:00 - 4:30)

 

Meet at College 9 R1/R3 Quad to board vans at 9:00 AM.

How does nanotechnology change us?

Health & lifespan, work & recreation, perception of reality, nature & survival of the species

 

Read: TC Chapter 8 by 7/19

July 18 10:00 - 11:45 July 19 9:00 - 10:45 July 20 10:00 - 11:45 July 21 9:00 - 10:45 July 22 9:00 - 10:45

Reports from Team ?

 

Read: DA pp. 385 - 499 by 7/22

How do we change nanotechnology?

 

What are nanotechnology's costs and benefits?

 

Read: TC Chapter 9 and Tao of Technology by 7/20

How do we evaluate nanotechnology?

Power, authority, economic, ecologic

 

Putting it all into context

Post-test

Final presentations

 

July 23: Closing Ceremonies

 

 

Key to Reading the Calendar

  • Readings assigned are from "TC" (Technology Challenged: Understanding Our Creations & Choosing Our Future.  Aznar, Miguel) and "DA" (The Diamond Age: Or A Young Lady's Illustrated Primer.  Stephenson, Neal)

  • Reports from Teams a, ß, and ? are student-led discussions of articles they have read.  Students are assigned to one of these three groups to determine the day on which they will present their findings and lead a discussion.  Like a small colony of ants, we will individually fan out to find sugar.  For us, sugars are answers to our nine questions and we fan out to our reading list.  Each student should read multiple linked resources, from which to select one to present (we do not specify a number of resources to read because some are very long).  Presentations should be about 10 minutes each, leaving five minutes each for class discussion.  Every presentation should focus on one or more answers to our nine questions found in the papers read.

 

 2008 KnowledgeContext

 

Teaching Young People to Think About Technology