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[updated on 3 January 2016]

We are happy to announce that the first phase of our students video contest on nanotechnologies is finalized.

Until now we have received 11 videos from students from 4 European countries.

Votes and likes of the contestant videos will be counted until 15 January 2016, 24:00 CET.

Afterwards a NanoDiode committee will also vote for the best videos and the winner video will be announced on 31 January 2016.

You can find and vote the videos at:


Here are the contestant’s videos and some information about their effort (where applied).



Talking about nano! – Corazón de María School, Gijón, Spain

Nowadays nanotechnology is an increasing science but… Do we all know what this word means? We did not only look for general information but we also found out some interesting facts about the ‘nanoworld’ by going to the University of Oviedo, where we met some people that helped us to advance in this project, such as María Teresa Fernández Abedul (Associate Professor) and Pablo García Manrique (Ph.D Student).

-Álvaro López Sánchez
-Laura Porto Vergara
-Andrea Simón Díaz
We are three students from Gijón (Spain). We go to Corazón de María school (CODEMA) and we are seventeen years old. The three of us are studying a different thing: Álvaro wants to study something related to medicine or chemistry, Laura likes engineering and Andrea wants to study international relations and law.



Nanotech, A Differend World! Nanodiode’s European Competition 2015

Video by Athanassios Mpollos, student of Junior High School of Karpero, Grevena, Greece
In this video you can find information about nanotechnology in our days. Next, we are giving a question that is to stop the syndrom DOWN with nanotech.
Athanassios would like to thank the following people for their help: Palaskas Dimitrios, Tzioufas Basilios, Fotiadou Despoina, Afrodite Liouza, Sevastopoulos Vasilios



Nanofuture – Class of Modern Physics of Ekpedeftiki Anagennisi School, Greece

Nanofuture – What kind of nanotechnologies do we want?
Environment friendly - Non toxic - Natural - Cost effective - Pollutant free - User friendly
Nanomedicine - The hope and the promise
Nanofood - The need for precaution
Nanoecology - The potential of environment friendly technologies
The students of the Class of Modern Physics of Ekpedeftiki Anagennisi seized the opportunity to discuss nanotechnology in the classroom. It was a process of brainstorming, of enthusiasm and of finding connections between and among physics, chemistry, biology, environmental sciences and engineering. And a chance for our students to understand the depth of the relationships between different disciplines. They also visited the Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology of the National Center for Scientific Research “Demokritos”, where they had the chance to meet scientists viva voce.
Nanotechnology is all around us! And it offers us the prospect of a better world!



Florinano, Ammochori Primary School & Variko Primary School, Florina, Greece

This film concerns a new learning community named “Florinano” which is located in the area of Florina, a town in the North West corner of Greece. Florinano focuses on the development of educational materials as well as activities related to the nanoworld. It is constituted of primary pupils, teachers, school counselors, university students, and researchers in science education.
In this film the members of the “Florinano” community present briefly a part of their tasks about the nanoscale world. Specifically, they describe a well known phenomenon, which refers to super-hydrophobicity as exposed by the leaves of the lotus flower: the “lotus effect”. The lotus flower is famous due to its nanostructrured surfaces, although it cannot be easily found in Greece. As a result the “Florinano” community studies other super-hydrophobicity plants such as cauliflower, cabbage and broccoli. It also focuses on the role of models for the understanding of nanoworld. Last but not least, the film includes some technical applications such as super-hydrophobic wood and fabric.



I.M. Panagiotopoulos School, Greece – What kind of nanotechnologies do we want?

In a Greek Junior High School the Science Teacher of the Third Grade decides to talk to his students about Nanotechnology and to assign them a specific project. The students have to work as reporters and research the subject of nanotechnology on their own. They seek information, cooperate and take an interview from scientists who work for a company on this field. Finally they present their findings to us and answer the difficult question “What kind of nanotechnology do we want to have?”
School: I.M.Panagiotopoulos School, 3, N. Milisi St., 153 51 Pallini, Greece, Tel. +30 210 66 66 117, info@impanagiotopoulos.gr
Narration: Nefeli Poulopati, Kostis Karathanasis
Interviewers: Alkinoos Alyssandrakis, Kostis Heotis, Olga Moutzouri, Theano Papioti
Participants: Artemis Papadopoulos, Artemis Tsouka, Athanasios Kotoulas, Dimitris Matourin, Giorgos Skandalos, Konstantina Evidi, Konstantinos Sarlis, Lydia Andrianakou, Manolis Giortamakis, Natalia Andrianakou, Periklis Makrydakis, Sandy Theodoropoulou, Yannis Mikedis, Yannis Patras
Teaching Nanotechnology – Consulting: Iria Makrygianni (Science Teacher), Ioannis Apostolakis (Science Teacher), Dimitra Chatzidaki (IT Teacher)
Video production consulting: Orestis Charos (Art Teacher), Stefanos Fyskilis (IT)
Subtitles: Katerina Koutsospyrou, EFL Teacher
Interview: Glonatech, Member of the ONEX Company Group, www.glonatech.com



Muş Art and Science Center nanotechnology video

Video by the Muş Art and Science Center School, Turkey

Located in the eastern of Turkey, our city in one of the cities which is developing both socioculturally and economically. In that sense, our institution has got some inadequacies especially in economic terms. The leading hardship of Muş Art and Science Center is the lack of technologic equipments and this situation leads to some handicaps in teaching and learning processes.
In addition, our city has got extremely tough continental climate. So all of these factors composed the criterias for our students while they were preparing the video.
Muş Art and Science Center is a state school which functions for the gifted and talented students. In this sense, it is the only institution in our city. All of our students enter a number of exams, like IQ tests, before gaining the right to be a student in our school.
Nearly all of our students are interested in Science, however they have heard the term “nanotechnology” for the first time when I informed them about this video contest. So, the process of preparation has provided benefits for the students. I mean they both had fun and learned new things. Eventhough I wrote the fiction of the video, the students have done the research.
At the beginning of the video, the students are in a cafe and talking about current issues. (Like a football match) Suddenly, one of them drops the cell phone of his friend and says sorry. He gets cold feet about breaking it, but the cell phone has got a special screen saver. Thus, the students start to talk about nanotechnology. One of them has pretty much information about the issue. So she explains what does it mean and they start to visit several places to see nano materials. Firstly, they visit an architectural and design Office. Here they talk about nanotechnology products used in these areas. For example; wall paint, glasses that are cleaning themselves, and water-repellent paper. Secondly, they go to a communication technology shops. They examine a bracelet that reflects the smart phones’ screens to the arm. They get excited with this new invention. Then, they go to a military supplies shop and start to examine two products about defense industry. Turkish nanotechnology engineers have developed a steel vest. They have also enhanced a camouflage vest which resist heat and cold. Lastly, the students arrive school and brainstorm about the future of nanotechnology.

English Language Teacher: Dilan KUYURTAR
Students: Aslıhan MIZRAK (The Actress), Ahmet Arif AKHAN (Clumsy Boy), Ahmet Emir ALTIOK (Curious Boy)
E-mail: dilankuyurtar@gmail.com
School Website: http://musbilsem.meb.k12.tr/tema/



6th Junior High School of Heraklion, Crete, Greece

“Nano….. the buzzword in Science and technology” or “what kind of nanotechnologies do we want?”
A group of students have a meeting at school. Two of them have just read something very interesting about nanotechnology. They want to inform the others about how nanotechnology can affect our lives through the numerous applications of nanomaterials. The students explain to their schoolmates that nanotechnology is already used in electronics, cosmetics, textiles and medicine giving solutions to many problems that troubled scientists in the past.
Furthermore, the students try to answer (in simple terms) what nanotechnology is and why nanomaterials are so effective. They decide to ask a scientist, who is an expert in the field and, after a rather unsuccessful attempt (!), they contact Prof. Spiros H. Anastasiadis, Director of FORTH-IESL. Professor Anastasiadis answers three questions: what nanotechnology is and what makes nanomaterials so special, what kind of nanomaterials scientists study in his Institute and in his Laboratory and, finally, what applications of nanotechnology he would like to see materialize in the future.
In conclusion: nanotechnology enables products with improved properties and makes our life easier, healthier, lighter, happier, stronger. We hope that, in the near future, it will help us to solve complex problems that trouble scientists today, such as the energy problem, the water shortage problem as well as the treatment of serious diseases.

6th Junior High School of Heraklion Crete, Greece
email: 6ogymnasio@gmail.com
Teacher (responsible for the video): Lagoudaki Evangelia (lagoudaki.eva@gmail.com)
Teachers that co-operated in the project: Lagoudaki Evangelia , Karydi Katerina, Manousaki Amalia
The students that created the video are: Arnaoutopoulou Thalia, Belibasaki Irene, Bey Emmanouela, Christoforaki Maria, Kadianakis Giorgos, Kapoglou Iordanis, Katsaros Panagiotis, Kerouli Kiriaki-Maria, Kiriakakis Ioanis, Kokosalis Marinos, Koutentaki Zafirenia, Koutentakis Mihalis, Lagoudi Athina, Panagiotaki Polixeni, Sofoulaki Christina, Tassopoulou Irene, Terzakis Nikos, Vardiabasis Giorgos, Velivasakis Giorgos, Venianakis Nikos (all the students are aged 12-15 years old) and the little girl: Asimenia Tsapaki :)



Patrik Varró, 7th grade, Balassi Bálint Eight Grade Grammar School, Budapest, Hungary



Bence Bereznay – Balassi Bálint Eight Grade Grammar School, Budapest



Nikolas Rahiotis, 1st High School of Zografou, Athens, Greece 

A video by Nikolas Rahiotis, Third grade high school student, 1st High school of Zografou, Athens, Greece. The purpose of the experiment was to show how nanotechnology can improve the quality of a material. Design: In the first part of the video presentation I performed an experiment using a spray with nanoparticles . I applied the nanomaterial in the half part of wooden piece and a piece of cloth and I used the other part of the wood and another piece of cloth without applying the nanoparticles as a control. Then I watered the materials and saw how the different surfaces of materials behaved against the water drops. In the second part of the video presentation I mentioned some of nanotechnology applications in daily life and science.



Nanodiode video by three students of the Codema School in Spain.

-Borja Lombardero García
-Sergio Montes Fernández
-Helios Miguel Meana Serrano