05.08. bis 15.08.2019
Die englischsprachige JuniorAkademie NRW wird auf Schloss Loburg in Ostbevern veranstaltet. Das gesamte Akademieprogramm wird in englischer Sprache unter der Leitung von britischen Fachlehrern und Wissenschaftlern durchgeführt.
What do atoms look like? Can we actually see them? Why does a gecko stick to the ceiling? What about nano particles in medicine? Why does the Lotus plant always stay clean? Nanotechnology offers a great diversity in many different subjects: medicine, technology, biology, chemistry and the electronic sector. We want to find out more about new materials, about the tools and techniques used and about the advantages of nanotechnology in everyday life. We are also going to have a closer look in health and environmental concerns and carry out several experiments to reveal the secret of such small but powerful matter.
For centuries people have studied nature in order to design engineering systems and make use of them in modern technology. Leonardo da Vinci´s flying machines and ships are early examples of drawing from nature in engineering. Today bionics in engineering include the hulls of boats imitating the thick skin of dolphins; sonar, radar, and medical ultrasound imaging imitating the echolocation of bats. There is a wide range of the usage of bionics´ have you ever heard of medical adhesives involving glue and tiny nano-hairs are being developed based on the physical structures found in the feet of geckos? We would like to explore more about this relatively new science in this course, test biological and technological coherence ourselves and understand some of the underlying principles.
How hot is the sun and how much power does it produce? How cold is cold? How stiff is steel? How far will an egg fly? How can we find out? Do you have a question that you’d like to investigate? How do we measure? How reliable is the data? How can we communicate our research? What has a fizzy drink got to do with radioactive decay? What is a scientific model? What can we learn from balloons? All these questions, and more will be investigated during the ‘Investigating the Physical Universe’ course. We will be working in teams, just like real scientists. You will be planning and defining, investigating and communicating, discussing and evaluating. You will also be having a lot of fun and making lifelong friends. Sign up now – we look forward to meeting you in Ostbevern. Welcome to the fascinating world of physics, let your imagination lead the way.