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A Nanotechnology Summer Camp for High School Students: Activities Design and Student Feedback

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2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


New Orleans, Louisiana

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June 26, 2016

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June 26, 2016

End Date

June 29, 2016





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Multidisciplinary Outreach and Early Transdisciplinary Courses

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Multidisciplinary Engineering

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Liping Liu Lawrence Technological University

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Liping Liu is an assistant professor in the A. Leon Linton Department of Mechanical Engineering at Lawrence Technological University. She earned her Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2011. Her research focuses on thermal sciences and energy systems, with special interest in addressing transport phenomena in energy processes. She is a member of ASME, ASHRAE, and SAE International.

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Mansoor Nasir Lawrence Technological University

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Dr. Mansoor Nasir received his B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Cincinnati and Ph.D. in Bioengineering from the University of California-Berkeley. He worked as a research scientist at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, D.C. before joining the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Lawrence Technological University. He has several publications in the areas of microfluidics, chemical and biological sensors, and MEMS technology. He is also passionate about engineering pedagogy. He has not only published articles on engineering education but has also led several workshops on using instructional methodologies that make classroom instruction more engaging and effective.

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Yawen Li Lawrence Technological University

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Yawen Li is an associate professor in the biomedical engineering program at Lawrence Technological University. Her teaching portfolio include courses such as Biomaterials, Tissue Engineering, Tissue Engineering Lab, MEMS, MEMS Lab, and Engineering Materials. Serving as the university assessment committee representative since 2011, she coordinates various aspects of the assessment-related activities within the program.

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Selin Arslan Lawrence Technological University

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Changgong Zhou Lawrence Technological University


Hsiao-Ping H. Moore Lawrenece Technological University

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Ph.D. Chemistry, Caltech, Pasadena, USA
B.S. Chemistry, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan

1985-2005 Faculty, Dept. Molecular Cell Biology, University of California at Berkeley, USA
2005-current Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, Lawrence Technological University, Southfield, USA

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For the past two years, XXXXXX University has hosted a nanotechnology summer camp program for high school students (Summer 2014 and 2015). The weeklong program is open by application to high school juniors and seniors. Students have the option to be residential or non-residential. During the five days the students learn about nanoscale phenomena, instrumentation, fabrication, and nanotechnology applications. Each day the activities follow a particular area related to nanotechnology: Monday - Introduction to Nanotechnology; Tuesday - Nanomaterials; Wednesday - Instrumentation; Thursday - Fabrication; and Friday - Energy. The unique feature of this camp is that it is team taught by six faculty from Biomedical Engineering, Biology, Physics, and Mechanical Engineering programs. Furthermore, current students at XXXXXX University also participate and assist in the hands-on activities. Summer camp students are introduced to basic concepts of nanotechnology and also have the opportunity to use various nanoscale characterization tools such as the environmental scanning electron microscope and laser scanning confocal microscope. Student feedback was positive and indicated that the camp was successful, overall. The details of the camp activities, strategies for instructor-student interaction and exercises using sophisticated test equipment are discussed. The measures for student satisfaction and the results thereof will be highlighted. The authors will review the lessons learned during the past two years and share proposed modifications for future improvement.

Liu, L., & Nasir, M., & Li, Y., & Arslan, S., & Zhou, C., & Moore, H. H. (2016, June), A Nanotechnology Summer Camp for High School Students: Activities Design and Student Feedback Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.26371

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