June 23, 2013
June 23, 2013
June 26, 2013
K-12 & Pre-College Engineering
23.1340.1 - 23.1340.11
Nanoscale Science and Engineering (NSE) is a fast growing area of science and engineering thatcrosses all discipline boundaries. Several studies have stressed the importance of includingnanoscale concepts and topics into the K-12 curriculum. One approach that the NationalNanotechnology Infrastructure Network (NNIN) has developed to explore NSE topics withsecondary students is through summer programs. At the Georgia Institute of Technology site ofthe NNIN we offer one week camps to introduce a variety of nanoscale concepts. The GeorgiaTech camp provides numerous hands-on activities to explore themes of nanotechnology such asunique properties of the nanoscale, nanotechnology and energy, tools of NSE (SEM,AFM), etc.Other camps in the network are of shorter duration and focus and include a two-daynanofabrication camp at the University of California Santa Barbara. This camp introducesstudents to NSE topics and they learn about the science of nanofabrication by building devices inUCSB’s teaching cleanroom. This presentation will primarily focus on the Georgia Techprogram that has been running since 2004. Components of each program will be discussed toshow similarities and differences in approaches used to reach the same goal of encouragingSTEM interest and involvement. Results will be shown about the impact of the camps onstudent learning and interest in STEM. The NNIN is an NSF-funded partnership of 14universities whose mission is to provide resources and support for nanoscale researchers. Inaddition we have a integrated education and outreach program spanning K-gray.
Healy, N., & Berenstein, A. (2013, June), Using Summer Programs to Excite Secondary Students about Nanoscale Science and Engineering Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. https://peer.asee.org/22725
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