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LET ME TELL YOU ABOUT US:

Nanokoulu is a Finnish organization inside the University of Jyvskyl, and its aim is to promote Nanoscience education in schools. We have organized professional development weekends for science teachers and Nanoscience courses for local schools (ages 16-18). We also design laboratory and experimental work for schools and share the lab guides and reading material online for schools to use.

Nanokoulu has a website at http://nanokoulu.net/en, but the experimental packages are only available in Finnish so far.

Nanokoulu is Finnish for a nano school.

HERE IS WHAT WE NEED:

We need a logo to use on our website and in our experiment guides and printable worksheets for students. The logo will also be used in power point slides when presenting our research in science education.

OUR TARGET AUDIENCE IS:

We wish to interest schools to use our lab guides and materials in their classrooms. We expect the audience to be mainly science teachers for children aged 13-15 and 16-18, but also some elementary school teachers and Polytechnic teachers. Because the logo will be in the student worksheets as well, we hope that it will also appeal to the teenagers taking science courses.

Nanokoulu has professionals in both Nanoscience and education, and it is the first organization in Finland to produce education materials on Nanoscience for schools.

WE LIKE THESE DESIGNS:

We like the NCLT (National Centre for Learning and Teaching in Nanoscale Science and Engineering) logo at http://www.nclt.us/. They have imitated an (unwanted) feature from a nanoscale lithography technique called proximity effect in the letters the letters bulge at points that receive a larger dose of electrons. See http://www.nanolithography.gatech.edu/pr... for more on proximity effect.

The Nanolab logo at http://www.nano-lab.com/ uses the atomic structure of graphene in its logo. The idea is nice (but the result is not very exciting). The GRANI and NANO logos at http://www.itee.uq.edu.au/~eresearch/pro... from Australia also utilize atomic structures in their logos in a good way.

It would be nice if the logo design had a Nanoscience concept somehow integrated into it. We have also toyed with ideas of animals in the logo; for example, a woodpecker pecking on a surface resembles how the Atomic Force Microscope works in tapping mode. The Eurasian Pygmy Owl is both minuscule and, as an owl, symbolic of education.

WE ABSOLUTELY MUST HAVE THIS IN OUR DESIGN:

We need the logo in a colored version for web and lab guides, and a black & white or grayscale one that can be printed on worksheets. The name Nanokoulu can appear in the logo, but it is not compulsory.

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