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Nanoland a fun way for children (and adults) to learn about Nanotechnology

There is no better way to learn about something than by making them participate in a fun and entertaining way. Aimed at the gaming generations, the London Science Museum has developed “Nanoland: Big Adventures in a Small World” an exciting way to teach its players the basics of nanotechnology interactively.

The concept is simple. Duck Boy is exploring Nanoland. It’s a strange place where not all is what it seems. As he explores Nanoland he encounters a strange phenomenon, which causes everything to reduce in size to nano-scale, making the journey much more difficult! However, Nanotechnology is available to help Duck Boy solve the problems that he comes across.

Through Duck Boy’s ride, children and adults will get a better understanding about the differences between the macro-world and the nano-world as well as expand their knowledge base in nanotechnology and nanoscience concepts like Brownian motion or nano-research tools like electron microscopes.

You can play on-line HERE

What do you think about this game? Do you know any other interactive interactive programs about nanotechnology?  What do you think the best way is to learn about Nanoscience? Write a comment and share it with the rest of Nanobugle’s Readers.


April 27, 2011 Posted by | Educational & Teaching Resources, Nano Kids, Nano News | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Learning Nanotechnology with videogames

Aimed at the gaming generations, NanoMission™ is an engaging learning experience which educates players about basic concepts in nanoscience through real world practical applications from microelectronics to drug delivery.

NanoMission is a serious game series made by PlayGen for Cientifica in order to teach the player about the world nanotechnology..

It consists in a series of several related games that can be downloaded and run independently of one another. There is no required order of play for the game modules and the player may play them in any order the player wishes. Each module is different and covers different topics related to nanotechnology.

Until now, there are four downloadable modules available, each teaching different concepts related to nanotechnology. The gameplay varies greatly between the different modules in the series offering a wide variety of gameplay.

Nano Medicine: How nanotechnology can be used to help fight disease.

Nano Medicine: Fighting Lung Cancer with  Nanoparticles.

Nano Scale: What the nano scale is like from a first person point of view & how it differs from normal scale.

Nano Imaging: Imaging at nano scale. Use of atomic force microscope, electron microscopes and scanning tunnelling microscope.

May 17, 2010 Posted by | Educational & Teaching Resources, Nano Kids | 1 Comment

Carbon Nanotubes Utilities

We had previously approached to you other three videos in the range of carbon nanotubes in posts entitled “Carbon Nanotubes”, “Production of Carbon Nanotubes” and “How can we see Carbon Nanotubes

This time we return to that series with a video about the carbon nanotubes utilities entitled “Where are nanotubes used?

November 25, 2009 Posted by | Educational & Teaching Resources | , | Leave a comment

New Technique for Manufacturing Organic Electronic Components

Image obtained from Orthogonal web site

Image obtained from Orthogonal web site

The startup of Ithaca, Orthogonal, is developing materials that will enable organic electronic components using the same type of equipment used to manufacture silicon electronic components, allowing the construction of more complex organic compounds also.

The company has made four prototype devices using new photolithography chemical compounds compatible with organic materials.

In the company’s website we can also find a flash resource that explains the OLEDs operation that may be useful as an educational resource.

November 11, 2009 Posted by | Educational & Teaching Resources, Nanoelectronics | , , , | Leave a comment

Magnetic Nanoparticles for Fight Against Cancer

One field of application of the technology that more effort is being invested is nanomedicine, and perhaps, within this, therapies to treat cancer.

In the posts entitled “Nanomedicine” and “Magnetic Nanomedicine“, Nano Bugle’s team has placed at your disposal documents that develop basic concepts related to those terms. On this occasion we show you a video entitled “Fighting Cancer with Magnetic Nanoparticles” developed by the spin-off of the Charité Hospital of the Charité–Universitätsmedizin called MagForce Nanotechnologies AG. Video can serve as a practical example and educational supplement to the two presentations above.

This film describes the system developed by MagFroce Nanotechnologies and that it is based on injecting minosilane-coated iron oxide nanoparticles into a tumour that has been located previously. These nanoparticles are given a high-frequency alternating magnetic field, causing them to vibrate and damage or destroy the tumor.

This method can be used as thermoablation method for destroying tumour cells or hyperthermia therapy to facilitate conventional treatments (chemotherapy or radiotherapy).

October 7, 2009 Posted by | Educational & Teaching Resources, Nanomedicine | , | Leave a comment

Magnetic Nanomedicine


Some time ago Nano Bugle’s team put at your disposal a presentation in which basic questions of Nanomedicine were developed. This time we completed this presentation with another entitled ‘Magnetic Nanomedicine’, which includes the following contents:

Magnetic nanomaterials: typical uses in biology and medicine

Nanorods and Nanowires
Thin Films

Properties Of Magnetic Nanoparticles That Make Them Attractive For Biomedical Applications

Easy Detection
Magnetic Manipulation
Energy Transfer

Typical Biomedical Applications Of Magnetic Nanoparticles

Diagnostic Applications

Magnetic Separation
Medical Imaging
Targeted Detection

Therapeutic Applications

Hyperthermia Treatment
Targeted Drug Delivery
Mechanical Forces On Cells

Magnetic Biosensors and Biochips Based On Magnetic Thin Films

Sensor Arrays

Trends In Biomedical Applications

Multi-functional Nanomaterials
Micro-fluidics and Lab-on-chips

Download Magnetic Nanomedicine

September 4, 2009 Posted by | Educational & Teaching Resources, Nanomedicine | | 1 Comment

Techniques to Visualize Carbon Nanotubes

Continuing the series of videos presenting the posts “Carbon Nanotubes” and “Production of Carbon Nanotubes“, on this occasion we approached to you the third video in the series entitled “How can see Carbon Nanotubes”, which explains the techniques that are used to visualize carbon nanotubes.

August 21, 2009 Posted by | Educational & Teaching Resources | , | 1 Comment

Production of Carbon Nanotubes

Recently we post an entry entitled ‘Carbon Nanotube’, showing a video explaining the definition and basic concepts of carbon nanotubes. This time we present you the second video in this series, which explains in simple key techniques for the production of carbon nanotubes.

July 20, 2009 Posted by | Educational & Teaching Resources | , , | Leave a comment

Carbon Nanotube

This video explains the definition and basic concepts about carbon nanotubes. Due to the simplicity of the explanations and as illustrative of its uncomplicated accompanying it is a visual resource for use in any stage of education.

July 7, 2009 Posted by | Educational & Teaching Resources | , | 3 Comments

Possibilities of Nanotechnology in Cancer


Video frames otained from the ‘Video Journey Into Nanotechnology’

Video frames otained from the ‘Video Journey Into Nanotechnology’

This time we show you a video, entitled ‘Video Journey Into Nanotechnology’, from the National Cancer Institute that shows the potential of nanotechnology in cancer treatment, moreover it approach us to the operational dimensions of the nanoscale.

May 28, 2009 Posted by | Educational & Teaching Resources | , | Leave a comment