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Activity 4:

Forum discussion

A FORUM DISCUSSION is a planned conversation in a group, where you can share your views with the rest of the group.

Remember to have the following in place:

A Chairman: S(he) introduces the topic ;introduces the team;keeps the conversation flowing;asks some questions;asks a speaker to say something.Also gives his/her view.Sums up at the end.

B Two pupils on either side of the chairmanThe outer two pupils half face the audience and half face the group.The inner two pupils face the audience but also the group.The Chairperson sits in the middle

C The idea is to see whether everybody in the group takes part in the conversation

D The aim is to tackle the subject as widely as possible.

E You may disagree with someone but do it politely, yet firmly.

F Try to move the conversation along with a remark like,“ There is something else we haven’t thought about . . .”“ To change the subject, what about . ..”“ Another aspect to consider is . ..”

G There should be some indication when time is up.3 minutes is a good period to choose for each team.

  • When team 1 is talking, Team 2 can get their topic and go out to prepare briefly.
  • Then when Team 2 is talking, Team 3 goes out, and so on.

The educator will suggest some topics. Hold a forum discussion and enjoy conversing with others, questioning, enquiring and chatting naturally.

TIP: Take some paper and a pencil with you when you go out to discuss your topic briefly.

And now, for something completely different!

Activity 5:

A science fiction story with a moral!

Science fiction is really strange, yet we can recognise the peculiar characters and the strange places and the funny times too, because we are used to many pictures and films dealing with outer space.

  • Add some more book titles that you know about or have had recommended: (Speak to your librarian)

The NEXT STORY deals with two men who come from different zones.

They both deal with communication (talking to each other), in totally different ways.

  • You are asked to decide which method you prefer.

Remember, the teacher will help you with certain words you might not understand.

  • AND when you have read the story there are certain questions to answer . . .

You are still dealing with communication and relationships and should see if you can feel the relationship between these two men and whether you can grasp why they might have difficulty in communicating.


The flight in space had been quick and the capture of the alien had been easy.

But now Chief-Engineer Bruce sat with a problem: He had captured a foreign being and as he was on his own, the interrogation would not be easy to handle.

He was used to travelling through space by himself, doing his rounds of broken-down satellites. He enjoyed finding out why some satellites were faulty, then fixing them and seeing them whirl off into space again, happily on orbit, as scheduled.

Bruce turned to his captive, who was speaking into a mouthpiece. The language the alien used was strange. Stilted somehow. But Bruce understood it. He realized that the alien only used important words and left out most smaller words. Spoken with a definite inflection, the meaning of the words was clear.

Questions & Answers

what is Nano technology ?
Bob Reply
write examples of Nano molecule?
The nanotechnology is as new science, to scale nanometric
nanotechnology is the study, desing, synthesis, manipulation and application of materials and functional systems through control of matter at nanoscale
Is there any normative that regulates the use of silver nanoparticles?
Damian Reply
what king of growth are you checking .?
What fields keep nano created devices from performing or assimulating ? Magnetic fields ? Are do they assimilate ?
Stoney Reply
why we need to study biomolecules, molecular biology in nanotechnology?
Adin Reply
yes I'm doing my masters in nanotechnology, we are being studying all these domains as well..
what school?
biomolecules are e building blocks of every organics and inorganic materials.
anyone know any internet site where one can find nanotechnology papers?
Damian Reply
sciencedirect big data base
Introduction about quantum dots in nanotechnology
Praveena Reply
what does nano mean?
Anassong Reply
nano basically means 10^(-9). nanometer is a unit to measure length.
do you think it's worthwhile in the long term to study the effects and possibilities of nanotechnology on viral treatment?
Damian Reply
absolutely yes
how to know photocatalytic properties of tio2 nanoparticles...what to do now
Akash Reply
it is a goid question and i want to know the answer as well
characteristics of micro business
for teaching engĺish at school how nano technology help us
Do somebody tell me a best nano engineering book for beginners?
s. Reply
there is no specific books for beginners but there is book called principle of nanotechnology
what is fullerene does it is used to make bukky balls
Devang Reply
are you nano engineer ?
fullerene is a bucky ball aka Carbon 60 molecule. It was name by the architect Fuller. He design the geodesic dome. it resembles a soccer ball.
what is the actual application of fullerenes nowadays?
That is a great question Damian. best way to answer that question is to Google it. there are hundreds of applications for buck minister fullerenes, from medical to aerospace. you can also find plenty of research papers that will give you great detail on the potential applications of fullerenes.
what is the Synthesis, properties,and applications of carbon nano chemistry
Abhijith Reply
Mostly, they use nano carbon for electronics and for materials to be strengthened.
is Bucky paper clear?
carbon nanotubes has various application in fuel cells membrane, current research on cancer drug,and in electronics MEMS and NEMS etc
so some one know about replacing silicon atom with phosphorous in semiconductors device?
s. Reply
Yeah, it is a pain to say the least. You basically have to heat the substarte up to around 1000 degrees celcius then pass phosphene gas over top of it, which is explosive and toxic by the way, under very low pressure.
Do you know which machine is used to that process?
how to fabricate graphene ink ?
for screen printed electrodes ?
What is lattice structure?
s. Reply
of graphene you mean?
or in general
in general
Graphene has a hexagonal structure
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how did you get the value of 2000N.What calculations are needed to arrive at it
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