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Project NANO (nanoscience and nanotechnology outreach): a STEM training program that brings SEM's and stereoscopes into high-school and middle-school classrooms
Author(s): Sherry L. Cady; Mikel Blok; Keith Grosse; Jennifer Wells

Paper Abstract

The program Project NANO (Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Outreach) enables middle and high school students to discover and research submicroscopic phenomena in a new and exciting way with the use of optical and scanning electron microscopes in the familiar surroundings of their middle or high school classrooms. Project NANO provides secondary level professional development workshops, support for classroom instruction and teacher curriculum development, and the means to deliver Project NANO toolkits (SEM, stereoscope, computer, supplies) to classrooms with Project NANO trained teachers. Evaluation surveys document the impact of the program on student’s attitudes toward science and technology and on the learning outcomes for secondary level teachers. Project NANO workshops (offered for professional development credit) enable teachers to gain familiarity using and teaching with the SEM. Teachers also learn to integrate new content knowledge and skills into topic-driven, standards-based units of instruction specifically designed to support the development of students’ higher order thinking skills that include problem solving and evidence-based thinking. The Project NANO management team includes a former university science faculty, two high school science teachers, and an educational researcher. To date, over 7500 students have experienced the impact of the Project NANO program, which provides an exciting and effective model for engaging students in the discovery of nanoscale phenomena and concepts in a fun and engaging way.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 September 2014
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 9236, Scanning Microscopies 2014, 92360Q (16 September 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2084632
Show Author Affiliations
Sherry L. Cady, Pacific Northwest National Lab. (United States)
Mikel Blok, Beaverton High School (United States)
Keith Grosse, Lake Oswego High School (United States)
Jennifer Wells, Portland State Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9236:
Scanning Microscopies 2014
Michael T. Postek; Dale E. Newbury; S. Frank Platek; Tim K. Maugel, Editor(s)

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