June 23, 2013
June 23, 2013
June 26, 2013
NSF Grantees Poster Session
23.258.1 - 23.258.11
Title: Building bridges between the engineering classroom and the research laboratory:nanoscience at * supported by the NSF NUE program.*Name of institution removed for double blind review.Abstract: This work focuses on building connections between the classroom andundergraduate research in nanoscience and on developing novel art-science activities as avehicle for outreach. Through support from the NSF NUE program, we have developed anew undergraduate nanoscale engineering course that provides in-depth coverage ofmicro and nanoscale microscopy (including atomic force and electron microscopy) intandem with coverage of special topics in nanoscience/nanotechnology. The coursestructure is modular, allowing faculty from any of five departments who participate in thenano collaboration to co-teach. The special topic has included self-assemblednanostructures for sensors, solar cells and nanoelectonics in the first two course offerings. Future offerings will include bionanomaterials. Individual, hands-on training innanoscale microscopy has been designed to complement the special topics coverageduring the studio laboratory portion of the course. Students are provided at least twohours per week of supervised instruction on the microscopy tools in groups of two or less. Bridges between the course and undergraduate research are created through the use ofsamples that are generated by or related to undergraduate research projects with the co-PIs. Undergraduates participating in these research projects have presented at bothnational scientific conferences and undergraduate research venues. Using thepedagogical material developed for this course, we have produced in collaboration with adocumentary photographer a nanoscale microscopy/art-science exhibit. Students in thenanoscience course worked closely with students in an advanced photography course toacquire the images. The exhibit has impacted 4,000 K-12 students and a public audienceof about 10,000 people. The five department collaboration and modular teachingapproach employed has enabled us to sustain an interdisciplinary undergraduate programin nanoscience at a small, liberal arts college for ten years.
Catravas, P., & Hagerman, M. E., & Cohen, B. D., & Amanuel, S., & Cortez, R., & Bubriski, K., & Meyghani, A., & Maleki, S. (2013, June), Building bridges between the engineering classroom and the research laboratory: nanoscience at Union College supported by the NSF NUE program. Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--19272
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