Health and Medicine
Recommended Year Level: Year 10 Required Knowledge: Little Duration: Drug Delivery: 4 x 50 minute lessons. Health and NanoGold: 8 x 50 minute lessons
Nanotechnology is having a large impact in the health and medicine arena. This module is aimed at the Year 9–10 level, and is provided in the form of two streams; Drug Delivery and Nanogold. These streams can be used sequentially or individually, either as stand-alone teaching material or as part of a wider unit on health and disease. The content is suitable for modification to suit classes of varying capabilities.
The Drug Delivery stream focuses on the use of nanotechnology-enabled transdermal delivery of vaccines. It teaches students about vaccination, and is by necessity supported by some basic biology of the skin.
Health and NanoGold
The Nanogold stream investigates the use of gold nanoparticles to improve human health. Most content is dedicated to the theory behind developing a rapid, nanogold-based diagnostic test for meningococcal disease, although the use of nanogold in medical treatments is also discussed.