Italy

Almost 1000 students attend nine different courses at our "G. Peano - C. Rosa" High School. We have a General Section, a Technical Economical Section and a Special Course for Adults. They are mostly commuters coming from the 12 local administrations of the Vibrata Valley area.
Many of our students belong to a different social and racial background: there are several integrated foreigners and immigrants' children, some others desire to get a higher education to improve their lifestyle and their underprivileged family background. Our students behave nicely and correctly: they participate in the curricular activities with interest and curiosity. The main economic sources of employment consist of tourism, professional jobs, commercial and industrial activities through different kinds of department stores and factories.
By 2010-2011 school year, our school is involved as Pilot-School in "NANOYOU (Nano for Youth)", a project funded by the 7th Framework Program of the European Commission that aims to increase young people's basic understanding on Nanotechnology (NT) and to engage them in the dialogue about its ethical, legal and social aspects (ELSA). With the aid of a multilingual web portal and outreach activities, NANOYOU facilitates participatory educational resources on Nanotechnology with a European dimension among schools, museums and science centres from more than 20 countries.
About our interest in 'Obesity Fighting', there are a lot of reasons of it. Nowadays, food scientists have been looking at altering the very structure of ingredients to make potentially beneficial ingredients more palatable and effective in reaching specific parts of the body. Other areas of research cover better packaging, making food last longer and reducing salt and fact content without changing the taste
NT applications in food industry present practical approaches and opens more windows to better control of many nutritional deficiencies as well as obesity and type 2 diabetes, especially among children and young adults who are addicted to fast food. With such potential, food producers, policy makers, health authorities, food scientists, governments and schools are very interested in different areas of food produced using nanotechnology.