Russian High School Offers Nanotechnology Course Featuring the NANOEDUCATOR II

The President of NT-MDT, the President of Nanotechnological Society of Russia Viktor Bykov granted a scanning probe microscope NANOEDUCATOR II to the Lyceum "Physical-Technical High School" (PTHS). The Lyceum is the only secondary school linked to the Russian Academy of Sciences. Famous physics Nobel Laureate Zhores Alferov is a chairman in the PTHS.

Viktor Bykov and Zhores Alferov during the demonstration of NANOEDUCATOR II.

Zhores Alferov and Viktor Bykov greeted guests and residents of Lyceum and announced opening of new practical class for nanotechnology study. Academic Zhores Alferov, a scientist with a broad and strategic vision, hatched the idea of an educational complex on the basis of the scanning probe microscopy (SPM) in 2001. The NT-MDT team implemented this idea in terms of hardware. The NANOEDUCATOR and NANOEDUCATOR II are good results of this work.

During the event, several reports were made by experienced users of the NANOEDUCATOR, head teachers from leading high schools and Universities of Russia. They reported that the practical nanotechnology classes really helped their students to achieve advanced results in physics, chemistry and biology. For example, the number of winners of local educational contests and the number of students with the highest grades in the State Exam increased after establishing practical NANOEDUCATOR classes in the Irkutsk Lyceum ¹ 2.

Students are greatly motivated to study and research, when they can see molecular structures with their own eyes. The modern approach to the educational process requires not only knowledge of the theoretical foundations, but also good practical skills.

Now the students of "Physical-Technical High School" can study the world of nanotechnology, to learn how to use the techniques of SPM and to solve various research tasks.

The NANOEDUCATOR II scanning probe microscope was launched to the global market in 2011. During last year, 18 practical classes based on NANOEDUCATOR II were established in Russia, Germany, Netherlands, Poland and Kazakhstan. NANOEDUCATOR II is a winner of the prestigious R&D Magazine's annual "R&D 100" Awards for the best research and development of 2011.

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