Outreach / Education – K-12 Teachers
Preservice Teacher Training
NCMN complimented efforts by UNL’s College of Education and Human Sciences by providing nanoscience related resources for preservice teacher training. Students used NCMN Nanokits to prepare lessons themed around nanoscientists for a K-3 elementary school summer camp. Curriculum units were made that either built to a cumulative nano lesson or lessons that integrated nano throughout. The students taught and then made modifications to their lessons based on their own learning experiences. Preservice teachers visiting from a South Korea exchange program observed their American counterparts in action and had an opportunity to also learn about how nanotechnology is used in improving circuits, creating invisibility, and cleaning water.
Professional Development Workshop
- 2014 Workshop Agenda
- Workshop Powerpoint - Squishy Circuits, Batteries and Other Electronics
- LED Color Strip Kit
- Nanocrystalline Solar Cell Kit - 41703 Workshop Power-Point presentations.
- Does Light Wave? (Planck's Constant and LEDs)
- Nanocrystalline Solar Cells Exploring the Nanoworld
- Institute for Chemical Education (ICE) - Materials and Nanoscience Kits
- NISENET: A national community of researchers and informal science educators dedicated to fostering public awareness, engagement, and understanding of nanoscale science, engineering, and technology.
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Nebraska Teacher Conferences
• Nebraska Association for Teachers of Science (NATS)
NCMN participated in the annual Nebraska Association of Teachers of Science conference at Fremont, Nebraska this fall where UNL faculty and NCMN staff presented information about nanoscience through hands on activities, demos, and resources. Some of the topics included carbon nanostructures, DNA, ferrofluids, magnetism, and emerging nanomaterials. One of NCMN's outreach goals is to help teachers integrate nanoscience into their classrooms while achieving state science standards. Please see information under our Professional Development Workshop links below, our Teacher Resources, and Nebraska State Science Standards.
• Nebraska Association for the Gifted Conference
STEM/Nano concepts were shared in February at the NAG Conference for over 400 teachers and educators. We showcased our nanokits at an informational booth and Dr. Axel Ender, NCMN Outreach Chair, presented a break out session on “Nanotechnology…How to Engage K-12 students” which provided practical ideas and hands on activities supporting the ‘nano awareness’ learning process.
• The Nebraska Chapter of the American Association of Physics Teachers
Professors Steve Ducharme, Christian Binek, and Axel Enders are some of the NCMN faculty members from the Department of Physics & Astronomy who have been invited as guest speakers to Nebraska – AAPT meetings. Topics covered were Cooperative Problem Solving, Magnetic Nanoparticles, Statistical Physics, and Magnetic Metal/Insulator Heterosystems, and Self-Assembly of Nanostructures.
• AIM/Infotech Conference
Dr. Enders was invited to give a presentation to business enterpreneurs at an AIM/Infotec Conference in Omaha on the scientific trends and product applications of nanotechnology in a variety of areas but specifically in computing technology and what the future might hold for us. AIM is a non profit community organization that promotes technology to empower people, enhance organizations, and create brilliant communities.