And the last class...

I though it was a good idea to finish the same way we started. I hope you have a different view of it now, and it helps you in your future. And that's all, folks!


Here you have our last video worksheet activity. It was recorded in January this year (the 12th of January 2014), and it talks about the possibilities of this new material.


Can you imagine the size of things when we say "nano"?

Start with a tennis ball - 1 times ten to the eight nanometers.
about ten times smaller is a marble - 1 times ten to the seventh nanometers.
about ten times smaller is the head of a pin - 1 times ten to the sixth nanometers.
about ten times smaller it the width of a human hair- 1 times ten to the fifth nanometers.
about ten times smaller is a cell- 1 times ten to the fourth nanometers.
about ten times smaller is bacterium- 1 times ten to the third nanometers.
about ten times smaller is a virus- 1 times ten to the two nanometers.
about ten times smaller is a nano device - 1 times ten to the one nanometers.
But if you really want to compare the size of things, try this.

Sometimes nanotechnology looks like science fiction, doesn't it? 

Here we have a very nice start to understand nanotechnology.

And to show nanotechnology is not something that only happens in the USA:
- Alternative solar panels in the UPV.
- Research in Cataluña.
And this magazine may also be interesting... Enjoy!


Remember I told you I heard most of the population were living in cities now? Here they say it seems by the year 2050, 70% of the population will do, and they have an idea to make it in a really sustainable way!
Would you like to live in a house like this


It sounds like a very bad rhyme, but now you're going to Italy for your end-of-year trip, maybe you would like to know about something very interesting going on in this village. 
When we watched "The story of Stuff" we said we are worried about disposal, remember? Throwing things away by burning or burying them, polluting the air and the earth. Besides, all that plastic island floating in the Pacific Ocean... that's so sad.
But in this village, Capannori, they've managed to reduce their rubbish production by an astonishing 82%!!! Can you believe it? See how they've made it.
And not only them, it seems it's been a great example to follow somewhere else too... Do you think we can try something similar here in Pamplona? I'm happy to hear your ideas next class!

Sorry for the questionnaire problem...

I tried to open the questionaire from my mobile phone from my village but it didn't work on my data.
You've got it open til Wednesday, hope it's enough!
See you in class


This explanation might surprise you, but we might discuss it in class and see what you think...
And talking about reliable surces, here you have a list of websites that might help you find some quality information. It takes some time to check all of them, but you can decide on one that is particularlly apealling for you.


To all my dear students,
I know you are really busy, but I had to post this.
It needs no explanation.:-)

The Secret Materials Box

Get ready for the lab! One of these days we'll go to the lab to discover some secret new materials...

 Shirts which do not wrinkle, paper from the remains of apple juice production or rear windows with programmable lights. 70% of product innovation is estimated to be based on materials with new or improved properties.
Materials play a key role in the generation of growth and the creation of wealth in Europe. 

Check this "Secret Materials" box, which contains a few items representative of novel materials with explanations.

I hope we enjoy discovering their secret properties!

And now you've seen them in the lab, tell me what you would do with them to make a product that will make you rich! Monday 9th of June deadline?


Here you have the video:

And the questionnaire to answer in pairs.

Remember you can watch the video individually, and then get in touch to produce an answer in common. 


Hi there,

  I know some of you are a bit worried because you sent me your news comment and I haven't sent any feedback yet.
  Sorry, I've been really busy but I promise I'll do it asap. In case it helps you feel a bit less stressed, here you have a list of the emails I've received. Thirty one out of thirty nine, not too bad!

  I'm still waiting for some of you to answer to my comments, so I haven't included you in this list.
  If you are not there, you know what to do.

  Thanks for your patience, but I remind you the deadline wasn't for me but for you!)


I know it's a bit complicated, but please make an effort to decide which format you prefer for our stem cells debate. Here you can choose.
Thanks for your effort.


Proposition: The government should fund embryonic stem cells research.
Opposition: The government shouldn’t fund embryonic stem cells research. 

The first four speeches (the 3-minute speeches) are called constructive speeches. In these speeches, each team will construct, or build, its arguments.

The final two speeches of the debate (the 2-minute speeches) are called rebuttal speeches. These are the final speeches of the debate for each side. They are summary speeches. In these speeches, the debaters try to make the best case for its side of the debate and, at the same time, try to eliminate the major points of the other team.

Speaker here means Role or character, not student! You have to decide who starts speaking and you can interrupt your role-mates to add information. You can’t interrupt other roles.


• First Speaker, Proposition Team - 3 minutes
• First Speaker, Opposition Team - 3 minutes
• Second Speaker, Proposition Team - 3 minutes
• Second Speaker, Opposition Team -3 minutes
• Rebuttal Speaker, Opposition Team - 2 minutes
• Rebuttal Speaker, Proposition Team - 2 minutes

Total Time = 16 minutes


Sequence and Time Limits

 Team A Speaker 1 -- 3 minute limit
 Team B Speaker 1 -- 3 minute limit
 Timeout – 1 minute
 Crossfire (between A1 & B1) 2 minute limit
 Team A Speaker 2 -- 3 minute limit
 Team B Speaker 2 -- 3 minute limit
 Timeout – 1 minute
 Crossfire (between A2 & B2) 2 minute limit
 Timeout – 2 minutes
 A1 summary -- 1 minute limit
 B1 summary -- 1 minute limit
 Grand Crossfire (all speakers) -- 3 minute limit
 Timeout – 2 minutes
 A2 Last Shot -- 1 minute limit
 B2 Last Shot -- 1 minute limit

Total Time including timeouts = 29 minutes


Here you have the quiz to decide the topics we are studying from here to June.


...and it's as important as anyone else's.
Why not sharing it? Try here.
In case you need a little inspiration...
DEADLINE 12th May!!!
Good luck!