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An Introduction to Nanotechnology

SimplyNano 2, an educational experiment kit for high school students, wins an award in Switzerland. CSL Vifor is among the main sponsors.

Student leans in while using a microscope

Nanotechnology awaits future innovators, a giant frontier of the very small. But how do you introduce the young scientists of tomorrow to a technology that manipulates individual atoms and molecules?

CSL Vifor, a leader in iron deficiency and nephrology (kidney care), was one of the sponsors of a solution: the educational experimental kit, SimplyNano 2® designed for high school students. The kit is the world's first educational experimental kit on nanotechnology for schools. SimplyNano 2® comprises 37 experiments, comprehensive experiment and learning materials, online tools and teacher training courses.

The kit recently won the WORLDDIDAC Award 2023 from the WORLDDIDAC Foundation, an independent panel of experts that assess educational materials. SimplyNano 2 received the award at November’s SWISSDIDAC & WORLDDIDAC Education Fair at the Bern EXPO in Bern, Switzerland.

An international panel of experts and Swiss teachers examine the submitted products for their innovation, design, sustainability, suitability and expediency in various categories. This accolade is conferred on creators, developers and manufacturers for their creativity and continuous innovation.

“CSL remains committed to empowering the next generation through initiatives like SimplyNano 2. We believe in the power of education to shape a brighter future and are proud to contribute to the advancement of STEM education globally,” said Manuel Senn, Site Head for CSL Vifor in St. Gallen, Switzerland.

Amazed students using the SimplyNano experiment kit

The aim of SimplyNano 2 is to enhance young people’s interest in scientific and technical subjects and careers through fascination and their own research, thereby promoting young professionals. More than 3,700 SimplyNano 2 experimental cases are already in use in over 400 high schools in Switzerland. SimplyNano 2 is available in German, English and French and it will soon be launched internationally.

Watch a short video about SimplyNano2 and the award event.

SimplyNano experiment kits for students