A nanolab for the classroom
The Lab-on-a-Chip teaching kit, developed with the help of the technology company Micronit.
The fourth conference in the Twente Mastership series will be held at the University of Twente on Thursday 26 January. This conference is intended to build bridges between secondary and higher education. The theme of the conference is "from research to teaching concept". To mark the occasion, Prof. Albert van den Berg will present the first "Lab-on-a-Chip" teaching kits to Prof. Ed Brinksma, rector magnificus of the University of Twente, and to the first school scheduled to test the kit.
Lab-on-a-chip technology is an important field of study in nanotechnology. Thousands of researchers throughout the world are attempting to miniaturize complex laboratory tests to such an extent that they will fit onto glass slides measuring just a few square centimetres. Van den Berg, the winner of the 2009 Spinoza Prize, has stated that this technology should be given a place in education, so that schoolchildren can carry out their own experiments on chips. Development work has now reached the stage at which the first schools can start testing the teaching module.
This teaching module and practical class set were developed by a TDT (Teacher Development Team) led by Dr J.J. Wietsma, a secondary school teacher at the Greijdanus College who also lectures at the University of Twente. Within the context of the TDT, secondary school teachers encounter experts from universities, universities of applied sciences, and industry. The conference will include over 30 workshops at which participants can learn to use this teaching resource in the Twente Academy Schools Lab. The workshops provide both the in-depth knowledge required for subject renewal in schools and a wider focus for general themes such as entrepreneurship, use of voice, educational games, connected learning, and the online learning environment.