Outreach/Education - High School
2015 National & Nebraska Science Olympiad
NCMN presented an interactive booth of activities about carbon structures, memory metals and metal organic frameworks at the 2015 National Science Olympiad hosted by UNL. More than 2,000 middle- and high-school students from across the nation competed in categories ranging from earth science and chemistry to physics and engineering. The national tourney, which is held at a different university each year, is the culmination of regional and state tournaments. Learn more about Science Olympiad at http://soinc.org and http://news.unl.edu/newsrooms/unltoday/article/stem-expo-opens-national-science-olympiad/.
NCMN Nanoscience Camp Partnership
Fifty 10th-grade students from Grand Island and Omaha high schools participated in a Nanoscience Camp sponsored by Epscor and held in July on the UNL campus. Part of the camp included tours of nano related research in NCMN faculty labs and facility tours of NCMN equipment. Students were a part of the Nebraska College Prep Academy, a science/math focus program that encourages high school graduation and pursuit of a post-secondary degree.
Women in Science Conference
The Nebraska Women in Science annual conference was held this year at the Embassy Suites Lincoln Downtown and attended by over 100 high school women and their teachers from across Nebraska. Our informational booth provided hands on activities, brochures and an opportunity to visit with UNL faculty about STEM/nanoscience and science-related careers at the University.
Nano Physics High School Camp
NCMN partnered with the Upward Bound program to bring a summer NanoPhysics camp to 10th & 11th grade students from Lincoln high schools. The camp included tours of nano related research in NCMN facilities and hands on activities about the ever growing area of Nanoelectronics. Topics covered during the 3 day event covered Supercapacitors, Quantum Tunneling Composite (QTC) technology, Graphene, LED’s, Batteries, and how these can be incorporated into electrical circuits.
Junior/Senior High Tours
The Nebraska Center for Materials and Nanoscience (NCMN) hosted a STEM summer program for high school internships again this year! Faculty from Chemistry, Physics, and Engineering provided opportunities for high school students to work in their research labs for 8 weeks with the help of a graduate student mentor to guide and train in research techniques. Students present their research results at UNL’s Summer Research Program Symposium each August.