The Nanosciences and Nanotechnology for Girls, Boys and Youth Project is of utmost importance due to its contribution to several of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda. In considering these SDGs, the project not only focuses on providing scientific and technological knowledge, but also addresses key aspects to achieve sustainable development in multiple areas.
First, the project promotes quality education by providing hands-on lab kits, teaching manuals and activities designed to foster STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) learning among girls, boys and youth. By focusing on science and technology, they are given the opportunity to acquire skills relevant to the 21st century, which in turn contributes to their all-round development and improves the quality of their education.
In addition, the project advocates gender equality by targeting girls and young women. By involving them in activities related to nanosciences and nanotechnology, it seeks to break gender stereotypes and encourage their active participation in traditionally male-dominated fields. This contributes directly to the SDG of gender equality and women’s empowerment.
In terms of decent work and economic growth, the project also plays an important role. By providing new generations with STEM skills, it prepares them for future job opportunities in areas related to nanoscience and nanotechnology, which are growing sectors to foster the formation of a skilled workforce and promote innovation in industry.
Another relevant aspect is the construction of resilient infrastructure and the promotion of inclusive and sustainable industrialization. The project seeks to boost the development of skills and knowledge in emerging technological areas, which contributes to strengthening the countries’ capacity to build modern and resilient infrastructures. In addition, by focusing on inclusion and sustainability, it promotes industrialization that takes into account environmental and social impacts, in line with the relevant SDGs.
The project also aligns with the goal of reducing inequalities within and between countries. By providing access to educational opportunities in nanosciences and nanotechnology to girls, boys and young people in Mexico, it seeks to close the educational gap and reduce inequalities in access to education and development opportunities.
In addition, the project promotes sustainable consumption and production patterns by fostering interest and awareness of sustainable development among the younger generation. By providing them with knowledge and skills in nanosciences and nanotechnology, they are empowered to make informed and responsible decisions that promote sustainable practices in their daily lives.
Finally, the project contributes by providing hands-on lab kits, teaching manuals and pilot programs (Nano in School), the project facilitates the implementation of educational activities related to nanosciences and nanotechnology. In addition, by promoting participation and collaboration among different actors, such as teachers, students, educational institutions, civil society organizations and private initiative.
The Nanosciences and Nanotechnology for Girls, Boys and Youth Project promotes STEM learning and awareness of sustainable development, aligning with the Sustainable Development Goals of the 2030 Agenda. Addressing quality education, gender equality, decent work, building resilient infrastructure, inclusive and sustainable industrialization, reducing inequalities, sustainable consumption and production patterns, and strengthening global implementation and partnerships, the project has a holistic impact on the development of new generations and an equitable future. Aligned with the World Citizen Model, the Circular Economy and the Manifesto 2030, it strengthens its focus on sustainable development and its social impact, generating a significant change for socially responsible companies.
The Nanoscience and Nanotechnology for Girls, Boys and Youth project has several applications that can benefit students and society in general, including:
The applications of this project include interactive educational tools, laboratory practice kits, metaverse platforms, manuals and teaching materials, as well as a website and multimedia content. These applications aim to enrich the teaching and learning of nanoscience and nanotechnology, fostering interest, understanding and skill development in students.
The teaching of Nanotechnology in MX poses challenges at the basic education level, a fundamental educational stage when students' interest and vocation towards STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Mathematics) disciplines
The teaching of nanotechnology in MX poses challenges at the basic educational level, a fundamental stage when interest and vocations towards STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Mathematics) disciplines begin to awaken in students. Currently, there are already educational initiatives in nanosciences and nanotechnology in the world with governmental and civil association support, in Europe, Asia, USA, Canada and Latin America.
With this project from the Advanced Materials Division of IPICYT, we develop an ecosystem of educational tools (manuals for children and instructors, App for tablet/mobile, practice kit, website, content on various platforms and in the metaverse (AR/VR), among other products) in this discipline of Nanosciences and Nanotechnology to teach concepts, ideas, and techniques of Advanced Materials, for which we have designed a pilot study that aims to develop a teaching kit for nanoscience and nanotechnology in basic and upper intermediate level in three phases: design and construction of didactic material, elaboration of content, and its implementation and field testing of laboratory practices.
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