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"This is your world - Shape it or someone else will"

Or so read the farewell card from a former student. She chose that card because she thought it captured my teaching philosophy. I teach about sustainable energy, microtechnology and nanoscience. These are very exciting subjects which deservedly capture a lot of press and public attention. But they are also exceptionally broad and complex subjects. And while they will certainly change our world, it's not clear that all of those changes will be for the better.

That's why I chose to study these subjects: so that I could make decisions about them for myself. Over the years, many students joined me in those studies, which led to a public science-education website and two crowded university classes. Through this new website, we now invite you to join us in figuring out a way to shape our world. (Click on a title below):

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Copyright: John C. Bean