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Bootstrapping Nanoscience And Engineering Education At Nc A&T State University

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2005 Annual Conference


Portland, Oregon

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June 12, 2005

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June 12, 2005

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June 15, 2005



Conference Session

Nanomaterials for Learners of All Ages!

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10.266.1 - 10.266.6



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Placid Ferreira

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Martha Atwater

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Kenneth Roberts

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Jagannathan Sankar

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Deborah Bartz

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Dhananjay Kumar

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Devdas Pai

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Cindy Waters

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BOOTSTRAPPING NANOSCIENCE AND ENGINEERING EDUCATION AT NC A&T STATE UNIVERSITY D. Pai, J. Sankar, C. Waters, D. Kumar and K. Roberts Center for Advanced Materials and Smart Structures Department of Mechanical and Chemical Engineering North Carolina A&T State University 1601 E Market Street, Greensboro, NC 27411

D. Bartz Center for Educational Research and Evaluation 210 Curry Bldg University of North Carolina – Greensboro Greensboro, NC 27402

M. Atwater, P. Ferreira Center for Nanoscale Chemical-Electrical-Mechanical Manufacturing Systems Department of Mechanical Engineering University of Illinois Urbana, IL 61801

Abstract Nanoscience and engineering principles are being incorporated into the existing curriculum and into new courses at North Carolina A&T State University (A&T). This is been done in an interdisciplinary manner, in several departments across two colleges on this campus. This bootstrapping effort has been invigorated by a recently initiated research and educational partnership with the University of Illinois – Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) in an NSF Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center (NSEC) entitled “Nanoscale-Chemical-Electrical-Mechanical Manufacturing Systems.” The education and outreach component of this work require the incorporation of nanoscience fundamentals and research outcomes into undergraduate and graduate curricula, as well as exposure of K-12 students and teachers to the opportunities and challenges in this nascent field. Educational modules introducing concepts of nanotechnology and nanomaterials have been developed by school teachers attending NSEC summer teacher workshops where they were exposed to cutting-edge research and facilities. These modules have been deployed at summer enrichment camps at A&T. Program evaluation is being done by collaborators from the University of North Carolina – Greensboro (UNCG) and UIUC’s College of Education. The paper discusses A&T’s coverage of nanoscience and engineering in multiple courses and our experiences with these modules as well as work towards integrating nanotechnology concepts into existing courses at A&T as we enter this exciting 21st century research arena.

Introduction Nanoscience is the study of matter of the size scale of approximately one nanometer (1x10-9 m) to several hundred nm. Nanoengineering and technology1 enable the manipulation of molecules and atoms to produce nanoscale materials with novel properties due to their very small size. The potential benefits of nanoscience and engineering are extremely broad-based, spanning areas as Proceedings of the 2005 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright © 2005, American Society for Engineering Education

Ferreira, P., & Atwater, M., & Roberts, K., & Sankar, J., & Bartz, D., & Kumar, D., & Pai, D., & Waters, C. (2005, June), Bootstrapping Nanoscience And Engineering Education At Nc A&T State University Paper presented at 2005 Annual Conference, Portland, Oregon. 10.18260/1-2--14965

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