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Top high schoolers get early release of Nanorex modeling software

I’m blogging from Moscow, but the news this week is back in the States. We at Foresight like to make win-win connections between worthy projects, and here’s an example:

Nanorex Inc., the world’s first developer of tools for the design, simulation and analysis of atomically precise molecular machine systems, will launch its educational outreach program by placing an early pre-release version of its powerful molecular modeling software at the fingertips of some of California’s brightest high school students.

Students who report for the Nanotechnology and Robotics class at the California State Summer School for Mathematics and Science (COSMOS) on July 9 at UC Santa Cruz will begin testing NanoEngineer-1, the first computer aided design (CAD) program for the nanotech age. Scheduled for release this fall, NanoEngineer-1’s 3-D, interactive environment and molecular physics engine will enable the students to invent and test new kinds of molecular machines and devices, designed atom by atom exactly to their specifications…

“Students have never before been this close to actually building things atom by atom”, said COSMOS instructor Miguel F. Aznar, director of education for the Foresight Nanotech Institute. “Using NanoEngineer-1, this will be the first time we’ve been able to give high school students hands-on practice with nanotechnology structures. It makes nanotechnology tangible, connecting it to the science they’ve studied.”

This connection was not particularly hard to make, since as you see above, Foresight’s director of education is also a COSMOS instructor. Good job, Miguel! And thanks to Foresight participating member Nanorex leader Mark Sims for approving the experiment. —Christine

5 Responses to “Top high schoolers get early release of Nanorex modeling software”

  1. brian Says:

    Hi, anyone knows where I can register to get a copy of NanoEngineer-1? I heard its open source. I sent them an email but got no response…

  2. Miguel F. Aznar Says:

    NanoEngineer-1 is still in alpha, so Nanorex is keeping it under tight reins. It is not possible to support a large group of alpha users. This control may change when they get to beta and will certainly change for general release.

    Miguel

  3. Andrey V Khavryuchenko Says:

    It *will* be open source when it will be released. Until that we’re fed only with rumors :)

  4. Mark Sims Says:

    Brian and Andrey,

    Send an email to info@nanorex.com to request consideration for NanoEngineer-1 Alpha 8, which is being released in about a week. We’re opening up our Alpha user program to a few more people.

    Mark Sims
    President
    Nanorex, Inc.

  5. NanoFear » NanoTech News Archive Says:

    [...] Top high schoolers get early release of Nanorex modeling software Sat, 24 Jun 2006 11:51:39 +0000 I’m blogging from Moscow, but the news this week is back in the States. We at Foresight like to make win-win connections between worthy projects, and here’s an example: Nanorex Inc., the world’s first developer of tools for the design, simulation and analysis of atomically precise molecular machine systems, will launch its educational outreach program […] [...]

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