Science and technology education curriculum reforms for the Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (NST) revolution
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Understanding the new discoveries and technologies resulting from modern science, including nanoscale science, requires a popu-lation with a high degree of scientific literacy. This paper explores the implications of national initiatives to prepare students with the science and engineering knowledge necessary to function in a highly technological society and to maintain the momentum of discovery and innovation that will sustain the nation’s economic prosperity. Nanoscience can serve as a catalyst to reconsider how to bring about deep reform of sci-ence and technology education and public policy in support of science education goals. The capability to generate knowledge depends upon the up-to-date education, training and lifelong learning of researchers, engineers and other skilled personnel. Mobility across borders and dis-ciplines and between academia and industry improves the quality of education and training, particularly in nanotechnology where progress is fast and interdisciplinary plays a determinant role.