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WHO HOW WHAT? So the TV show "Sesame Street" asks children to curiosity. When the young people have grown up, they have become passionate about asking questions - and they are even developing answers to scientific problems in nanoCAMP.

bild der wissenschaft, the future TV magazine "nano" from 3sat and the Aktionsgemeinschaft "Wissenschaft im Dialog" offer 16 young people the opportunity to get close to science and scientists for a week. Armed with a pipette, a notebook and a digital camera, the participants should lend a hand themselves, while experimenting and filming. Your recordings will decorate the posts that "nano" will send about the camp.

Always there is the chemist Prof. Claudia Felser. She belongs to the management of the Mainz NaT-working student lab. The fact that experimenting in NaT is fun has gotten around quickly - for two years, the school classes are the jack in the hand. For her dedication to student development, Claudia Felser was awarded the Landesverdienstorden last year, the highest honor in Rhineland-Palatinate. display


The nanoCAMP 2003 will take place from 17 to 23 August 2003 in Mainz. In the Year of Chemistry, the participants can expect a really great Science Week:

  • In the footsteps of the greenhouse gas methane, the participants and researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry blow up the balloon. The obtained air samples are evaluated in the evening.
  • At the same institute, a star of science has worked: Nobel laureate in chemistry Prof. Paul Crutzen. He invites the nanoCAMPers to a fireside chat.
  • Not only (allegedly) nobles, but also spiders have blue blood. How to isolate the blue staining protein from the animals and determine the structure of the molecule, the participants will work out together with biophysicists of the University of Mainz.
  • Absorbers, such as those found in diapers today, will first be produced and tested by the CAMP participants themselves - and then experience how the mass production works at the chemical giant BASF.
  • Because a nanoCAMP would not be complete without nanotechnology, there is also a trip to the laboratories of nanotechnologists. They conjure from simple polymer beads dyes that can dazzle in all the colors of the rainbow.
  • Last but not least, a trip to the TV makers in the "nano" studio is planned. Here, the young people can be part of the "making of".

    Travel costs, food and accommodation are charged to the organizers. Of course you have to pay for extras yourself.


    At nanoCAMP, young people between the ages of 16 and 18 can reside in Germany, Austria or Switzerland. If you want to participate, but have no vacations, then the University of Mainz will help you with the liberation from teaching. The application form can be found at


    the completed application form is April 30, 2003. If more than 16 applicants register, a jury will have to make a selection. The participants will be notified by mid-June 2003.



    Science in dialogue

    NaT-working student lab

    Max Planck Institute for Chemistry


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