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Using Summer Programs to Excite Secondary Students about Nanoscale Science and Engineering

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2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Atlanta, Georgia

Publication Date

June 23, 2013

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June 23, 2013

End Date

June 26, 2013



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Secondary (6-12) Outreach

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K-12 & Pre-College Engineering

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23.1340.1 - 23.1340.11

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Nancy Healy Georgia Institute of Technology

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Dr. Nancy Healy is the Education and Outreach Coordinator for the National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network (NNIN). NNIN is an NSF-funded user support network of fourteen universities which also provides nano-education outreach activities and programs. 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 focused on science and math K-12 issues, teacher education, and 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 seventeen 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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Angela Berenstein

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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.

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