Science of small --nanotechnology--could be next big thing in STEM

Science of small --nanotechnology--could be next big thing in STEM

April 29, 2014

April 29, 2014

For middle and high schoolers contemplating STEM careers, one exciting new field is the science of the very small---nanotechnology---where scientists can dream up, manipulate and make all sorts of things at the atomic level, 10,000x smaller than the width of a single human hair.
 
Nanotechnology advancements are now transforming energy, medicine, material science, and other areas by building from the ground up and working at tiny scales. As the great physicist Richard Feynman once said about nanotechnology, "There's plenty of room at the bottom!"
 
Recently, intreprid STEM Journal explorer, Geoff NotkinIndiana Jones style, got to visit Hao Yan and Yan Liu's Molecular Design and Biomimicry Center at Biodesign to find out how we're producing nanostructures from DNA - called DNA Origami--to make tiny containers and scaffolds that can be the toolkits of the future.
 
Just keep Geoff away from those Legos and leave the amazing discoveries to us! Watch the segment here: http://www.cox7.com/stem-journals/dna-origami
 
We had a blast hosting Geoff, David and the rest of the STEM Journal crew, and hope they can make a return visit soon to help future STEMers learn more about all of the cool science at Biodesign.
 
To watch the full episode, go to: http://www.cox7.com/stem-journals/nanotechnology

 

Written by: Joe Caspermeyer