Nanokoulu - Nanoschool


Nanoscience supports and challenges teachers in planning their STEM lessons, as interdisciplinary content has been scattered across curricula in Finland.

Nanokoulu promotes nanoscience education across the grades from K to University.

We design and test learning materials and instructions for inquiries, experiments and videos about nanoscience research in laboratories. We also train teachers to use these materials, both in pre-service teacher education and continued professional development workshops.

Our main target groups are science teachers and their students at all grades. We have trained approximately 50 Finnish science teachers specialized to design, instruct and test nano inquiries concerning issues in nanoscience teaching and learning in Finland.

All the learning and teaching materials designed will be published on our website.

Basic information

Country: Finland

Coordinator: University of Jyväskylä,

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Target groups: primary school students, secondary school students, teachers, trainee teachers, university students, vocational school students

Topic: Biochemistry, Biology, Biotechnology, Chemistry, Energy, Engineering, Materials science, Nanotechnology, Technology

Start year: 2006


Contact person: Anssi Lindell, Email: anssi.lindell (at)

Lindell, A., & Kähkönen, A. L. (2013). Learning the core ideas of scanning probe microscopy by toy model inquiries. Nanotechnology Reviews, 2(2), 229-239.

Kähkönen, A. L., Laherto, A., & Lindell, A. (2011). Intrinsic and Extrinsic Barriers to Teaching Nanoscale Science: Finnish Teachers' Perspectives. Journal of Nano Education, 3(1-2), 1-12.

Sederberg, D., Lindell, A., Latvala, A. L., Bryan, L., & Viiri, J. (2010). Professional development for middle and high school teachers in nanoscale science and technology: Models from the United States and Finland. GIREP-EPEC & PHEC 2009, 333.

Planinsic, G., Lindell, A., & Remskar, M. (2009). Themes of nanoscience for the introductory physics course . European Journal of Physics, 30(4), S17.

Lindell, A., & Viiri, J. (2009). Teaching oscillations by a model of nanoresonator. Journal of Science Education and Technology, 18(6), 556-559.

How the project relates to teaching practice:

Designing teaching materials, educating teachers and testing the materials with pupils

How students and pupils can benefit from the project:

They have access to tested learning materials and education in interdisciplinary inquiries in the modern nanoscience context.

How teachers or schools can get involved in the project (if possible):

Teachers and schools are welcome to participate in our professional education workshops and to use and test our learning materials. Teachers may also propose their own nano inquiries to be refined in Nanokoulu.


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