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K-12 & Pre-College Engineering
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Connecting Rural Teachers and Students to Nanoscale Science and Engineering through Teacher Professional DevelopmentMuch research has shown that there is a shortage of qualified U.S. applicants to fill STEM jobsand a significant under-representation of minorities and candidates from low-income and ruralbackgrounds. Many students and teachers that live in metro areas are often exposed to high techjobs and 21st century technologies such as nanoscale science and engineering (NSE). Teachersand students in rural areas often do not have the same exposure as these areas often have fewhigh tech jobs or are long distances from research institutions. The National NanotechnologyInfrastructure Network (NNIN) is a National Science Foundation funded network of fourteenresearch institutions that has as one of its goals workforce development. To meet this goal, weprovide teachers with the tools and resources needed to educate the future US workforce in NSE.NNIN at the Georgia Institute of Technology has been conducting across the nation professionaldevelopment workshops for teachers. During these workshops, teachers from 46 states haveprovided feed-back. Some of their concerns have been: their lack of knowledge about NSE, howto incorporate it into their curriculum, and concern that their students do not have opportunitiesto learn about current NSE research. We have taken this information to develop workshops thatwe have been conducted with teachers in four different rural areas of Georgia. The goals ofthese workshops have been to help teacher understand how NSE fits into the standards-basedcurriculum (physical science, biology, chemistry, and physics) that they already teach insecondary classrooms. Additional components include why students should learn aboutnanoscale science and engineering, how it can be used to excite students about STEM careers,and how teachers can connect their classes with researchers at Georgia Tech. The purpose ofthis paper is to share the insights that we have learned in our professional developmentworkshops working with rural teachers and schools well as the evaluation results.
Allen, J. (2013, June), Connecting Rural Teachers and Students to Nanoscale Science and Engineering through Teacher Professional Development Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--19346
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