New Orleans, Louisiana
June 26, 2016
June 26, 2016
August 28, 2016
NSF Grantees Poster Session
In recognition of the global, national, and local importance of nanotechnology, a diverse team of educators and researchers are developing a multidisciplinary nanotechnology educational program with support from a National Science Foundation (NSF) Nanotechnology Undergraduate Education (NUE) in Engineering award. A previous NSF NUE grant resulted in the development of lecture courses and course modules, but lacked hands-on experiments and computer simulation exercises. The goal of this program is to address this deficiency by incorporating new laboratory and simulation modules into existing classes, and by developing a new nano/micro laboratory course. One novel aspect of this program is that it is coordinated across two colleges and includes faculty in aerospace, chemical, electrical, and mechanical engineering as well as geological sciences. This program includes outreach activities for students in grades 5 – 12 through an existing NanoClub. Outreach also includes tours of the Institute for Imaging and Analytical Technologies (an on-campus facility) that emphasize nanotechnology during demonstrations of confocal, atomic force, and electron microscopes.
This paper will present current results from this program, which started in January 2014. The paper will include a discussion of progress with a focus on new developments since January 2015. These will include course modules developed, and outreach activities through the NanoClub. Information such as student enrollment will be included, as well as information on the diversity of the students impacted by this NUE program at MSU.
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