Nanotechnology Now

Our NanoNews Digest Sponsors





Heifer International

Wikipedia Affiliate Button


android tablet pc

Home > Press > Teaching nanotech through child's play

Abstract:
FEI Sponsors Video Games Designed to Be Fun While Inspiring the Next Generation of Scientists

Teaching nanotech through child's play

HILLSBORO, OR | Posted on August 1st, 2007

As governments and corporations around the world continue to increase investments in nanoscale research and development, there is an alarming decline in the number of students who choose to pursue studies in science and technology. Educators and government officials, as well as organizations that will require increased access to highly-educated, technical employees in the next few decades agree that innovative approaches are needed to attract today's students back to the sciences.

As a sponsor of two modules (NanoScaling and NanoImaging) in the new NanoMission™ series of video games, Oregon-based FEI Company (Nasdaq: FEIC) is part of an innovative solution designed to inspire young gamers as they adventure into the amazing and action-packed world of the nanoscale. The series is produced by London's PlayGen, founded by gaming industry experts in 2001 to enhance players' lives by educating while entertaining them through interactive environments based on real science.
"Our main objective with NanoMission is to inspire children about the world of nano-sciences and its possibilities," explains Kam Memarzia, PlayGen's managing director. "We use exciting gaming mechanics to stimulate the player's sense of discovery and actively engage them in trying to better understand the nano world in a fun and motivating setting."

NanoMission's focus has also attracted the support of Cientifica, a leading European-based nanotechnology association, and The Wellcome Trust, the UK's largest charitable organization that funds innovative biomedical research globally.

"The falling numbers of science and engineering students in western Europe and the United States will have a real economic impact in an increasingly technology dependent society," comments Tim Harper, director of Cientifica and project advisor to the game series. "It is vitally important that the technology community supports projects such as NanoMission to ensure that our economies remain competitive in the 21st century."

The NanoScaling game enables players to visualize and understand spatial relationships between objects ranging from giga-meters (diameter of the sun) all the way down to pico-meters, the diameter of hydrogen and other atoms. The second game in the series, NanoImaging, sends players on an exciting mission to image (using scanning electron microscopy or SEM technology), identify and destroy dangerous organisms that are destroying lakes and rivers. It features FEI's recently released Phenom™ -- the world's smallest and easiest-to-use tabletop SEM.

The third game in the series, NanoMedicine, is funded by The Wellcome Trust. It takes gamers on a white-knuckle, nanoscale adventure though the human body to efficiently kill deadly cancer cells without harming healthy tissues. Millions of red blood cells and antibodies need to be avoided along the way.

"We are extremely gratified to be a sponsor of this exciting and important project," said Don Kania, FEI's president and CEO. "As the leading global supplier of advanced Tools for Nanotech, we have an obligation to not only anticipate and meet the requirements of today's researchers and developers, but to help ensure that there is a future generation prepared and ready to pick up the challenge and continue making nanoscale discoveries and advancements."

"Today's students are so visually driven and demand high speed data," said Sean Murdock, executive director of the NanoBusiness Alliance in the U.S. "They need to actually see something and interact with it before they are driven to learn about it. FEI's sponsorship of these video games is another clear example of its pioneering approach and commitment to the industries it serves."

Gamers can download copies of the NanoMission games, including the pre-release version of NanoMedicine, free of charge from FEI's website: http://www.fei.com/nanogames . The NanoMission video games will also be available for review at FEI's exhibit (Booth 414) at the upcoming 2007 Microscopy and Microanalysis Conference, August 6-9 in Fort Lauderdale.

####

About FEI Company
FEI (NASDAQ: FEIC) is a global leader in providing innovative instruments for nanoscale imaging, analysis and prototyping. FEI focuses on delivering solutions that provide groundbreaking results and accelerate research, development and manufacturing cycles for its customers in Semiconductor and Data Storage, Academic and Industrial R&D, and Life Sciences markets. With R&D centers in North America and Europe, and sales and service operations in more than 50 countries around the world, FEI’s Tools for Nanotech™ are bringing the nanoscale within the grasp of leading researchers and manufacturers. More information can be found online at: http://www.fei.com .

About PlayGen

PlayGen is a London-based games and simulations development studio with a proven track record in developing serious games for training and learning purposes. With a client list that includes organizations from military, government, education and corporate sectors, PlayGen uses cutting edge gaming technologies to enhance the player’s lives by making learning fun, relevant and interesting. Visit http://www.playgen.com

For more information, please click here

Contacts:
Dan Zenka, APR
FEI Company
+1 503 726 2695

Copyright © FEI Company

If you have a comment, please Contact us.

Issuers of news releases, not 7th Wave, Inc. or Nanotechnology Now, are solely responsible for the accuracy of the content.

Bookmark:
Delicious Digg Newsvine Google Yahoo Reddit Magnoliacom Furl Facebook

Related News Press

Academic/Education

First Canada Excellence Research Chair gets $10 million from the federal government for oilsands research at the University of Calgary: Federal government announces prestigious research chair to study improving oil production efficiency October 19th, 2014

Raytheon, UMass Lowell open on-campus research institute: Industry leader’s researchers to collaborate with faculty, students to move key technologies forward through first-of-its-kind partnership October 11th, 2014

SUNY Colleges of Nanoscale Science and Engineering and National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Announce Expanded Partnership October 2nd, 2014

Yale University and Leica Microsystems Partner to Establish Microscopy Center of Excellence: Yale Welcomes Scientists to Participate in Core Facility Opening and Super- Resolution Workshops October 20 Through 31, 2014 September 30th, 2014

Announcements

NanoTechnology for Defense (NT4D) October 22nd, 2014

Mechanism behind nature's sparkles revealed October 22nd, 2014

TARA Biosystems and Harris & Harris Group Form Company to Improve Safety and Efficacy of New Therapies October 22nd, 2014

Researchers patent a nanofluid that improves heat conductivity October 22nd, 2014

Human Interest/Art

Japanese gold leaf artists worked on a nano-scale: Study demonstrates X-ray fluorescence spectroscopy is a non-destructive way to date artwork July 3rd, 2014

Harry Potter-style invisibility cloaks: A real possibility next Christmas? Forget socks and shaving foam, the big kids of tomorrow want an invisible cloak for Christmas December 19th, 2013

Chicago Awareness Organization First Not-for-Profit to Sponsor Dog Training to Detect Ovarian Cancer Odorants December 12th, 2013

ZEISS Microscopes used to create images for Art Exhibit at Midway Airport: Art of Science: Images from the Institute for Genomic Biology October 25th, 2013

Events/Classes

NanoTechnology for Defense (NT4D) October 22nd, 2014

Ucore's McKenzie to Deliver Presentation to Rare Earths Conference in Singapore as Highlight of Fall 2014 Marketplace Schedule October 19th, 2014

Aspen Aerogels, Inc. Schedules Third Quarter 2014 Earnings Release and Conference Call for November 6, 2014 October 17th, 2014

New VDMA Association "Electronics, Micro and Nano Technologies" founded: Inaugural Meeting in Frankfurt/Main, Germany October 15th, 2014

NanoNews-Digest
The latest news from around the world, FREE





  Premium Products
NanoNews-Custom
Only the news you want to read!
 Learn More
NanoTech-Transfer
University Technology Transfer & Patents
 Learn More
NanoStrategies
Full-service, expert consulting
 Learn More














ASP
Nanotechnology Now Featured Books




NNN

The Hunger Project







© Copyright 1999-2014 7th Wave, Inc. All Rights Reserved PRIVACY POLICY :: CONTACT US :: STATS :: SITE MAP :: ADVERTISE