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Exchange: The NNIN Outreach Demonstration Guide: A Set of Nanotechnology Demonstrations for Upper Elementary Through High School

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2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Vancouver, BC

Publication Date

June 26, 2011

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June 26, 2011

End Date

June 29, 2011



Conference Session

Thinking Outside the Box! Innovative Curriculum Exchange for K12 Engineering

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K-12 & Pre-College Engineering

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22.671.1 - 22.671.10



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Nancy Healy Georgia Institute of Technology

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Nancy Healy is the Education and Outreach Coordinator for the National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network (NNIN). NNIN is an NSF-funded user support network of 14 universities which also provides nano-education outreach activities and programs. NNIN provides informal and formal activities to a K-gray age span. Her office is located at Georgia Institute of Technology, Nanotechnology Research Center. Prior to joining the NNIN in 2004, she was a program manager at the S.C. Commission on Higher Education. At SCCHE she was active in science and math K-12 issues, teacher education, and teacher professional development. She managed federal and state grant programs focused on teacher professional development. For ten years she served on the Board of Examiners for the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education. She was also at the University of South Carolina for 17 years where she taught undergraduates, had an active research program in paleo-oceanography, and numerous graduate students. She has a B.S. in Zoology from the University of Rhode Island and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Geological Sciences from the University of South Carolina.

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Joyce Palmer Allen National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network

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Joyce Palmer Allen is the Assistant Educational Coordinator for the National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network (NNIN) and works at the Nanotechnology Research Center at Georgia Institute of Technology. Her job includes planning, developing and implementing educational outreach programs in nanotechnology and representing the NNIN Education and Outreach office at local and national conferences and meetings. She also helps to oversee programs such as the NNIN Research Experience for Teachers and Research Experience for Undergrads at Georgia Tech.

Before joining NNIN and Georgia Tech, Joyce was a National Board Certified Teacher who taught science in grades 9-12 for thirty years. During her years of teaching she served on many local and state committees and received numerous recognitions. She has a B.S., M.Ed. and Ed.S. in science education from Georgia Southern University.

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Exchange – The NNIN Outreach Demonstration Guide: A set ofnanotechnology demonstrations for upper elementary through high school.The National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network is an integrated geographically-diversepartnership of 14 university-based laboratories supported by the National Science Foundation.Part of our mission is to provide education and outreach to a wide audience through a variety ofmethods. Our goal is to develop a nano-literate population which is ready for this newtechnology as consumers and as part of the workforce. Over the past several years, we havedeveloped a set of demonstrations and hands-on activities that we use with school groups, openhouses, and community programs. These materials come from a variety of sources including theNNIN and other nano-education groups. We have compiled a set of 15 of these demonstrationsinto the NNIN Outreach Demonstration Guide ( activities typically come from larger educational lessons designed for secondary sciencestudents. However, with large groups attending short duration events we wanted to use theexcitement of these lessons in a demonstration or hands-on activity. Thus, we compiled ourfavorites into the Guide which span the breadth of nanoscale research and engineering, are easyto do, and require low-cost materials. The Guide provides helpful hints on doing thesedemonstrations and resources on the full lessons. These activities can be performed in a varietyof settings including the K-12 classroom and can often be tied to science curriculum. We willpresent 2-3 activities from the NNIN Demonstration Guide which includes: hydrophobicproperties, smart memory alloys, ferrofluids, size and scale, nanoproducts, liquid crystals, bunnysuits, forces at the nanoscale, self assembly, encapsulation, edible chips, surface effects,allotropes of carbon, tools of nano, and thin films. A copy of the Guide will be available forthose who wish to see the full document.

Healy, N., & Allen, J. P. (2011, June), Exchange: The NNIN Outreach Demonstration Guide: A Set of Nanotechnology Demonstrations for Upper Elementary Through High School Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--17952

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