The NanoSense project convened two research workshops to clarify core concepts and
learning goals for nanoscience
education and hosted 3 teacher workshops to introduce teachers to NanoSense materials.
Introduction to Nanoscale Science Workshop for High School Teachers
June 25-28, 2007, 9-3:30 pm, San Jose State University.
Agenda [PDF]  |
Workshop Flyer [PDF]  |
SJSU Campus Map [PDF] (We'll be in Duncan Hall, D1 on the map)
The NanoSense project hosted a 4-day summer workshop at San Jose State University for high school science teachers.
The workshop provided an introduction to each of the four NanoSense curriculum units.
Participants explored unique phenomena at the nanoscale
(1-100 nanometers), participated in hands-on activities for introducing students to nanoscale science,
and discussed how to implement relevant activities in their classrooms. Participants also
created and adapted lesson plans, received feedback from peers and instructors, and collaboratively
brainstormed ideas for integrating nanoscience into their curriculum.
Participants who completed all requirements received an honorarium, a certificate of completion,
and 2.0 semester credits in chemistry, physical science, or integrated science.
Participants were also given sets of materials to use in their classroom and encouraged to give feedback
on the materials.
Liven Up Your Science Classroom With
Cutting Edge Nanoscience
Saturday December 2, 2006, 9-12 pm followed by lunch, San Jose State University
The NanoSense project held a teacher workshop on Saturday December 2, 2006 at San Jose State University
from 9-12, followed by lunch. In this workshop, 18 teachers learned about the new, emerging area
of science that explores
the unique phenomena at the nanoscale (1-100 nanometers), received a copy of the classroom
curriculum materials, participated in hands-on activities for introducing high school students
to nanoscale science, and discussed how to implement relevant activities in the classroom.
We walked through hands-on activities from the NanoSense curriculum units,
including (1) Size Matters, an introduction
to nanoscience concepts related to the size and scale, unusual properties of the nanoscale,
tools of the nanosciences, and example applications; and (2)
Clear Sunscreen, an exploration of the
interactions of light and matter and, in particular, why zinc oxide nanoparticles block UV
light but are transparent to visible light. We also showcased pilot materials on how
nanoscience could advance energy production (Clean Energy) and water treatment (Fine Filters).
At the end of the workshop, participants completed a short survey about their interests in nanoscience
and, after reviewing the materials, their interests in implementing an activity or lesson in
the classroom. Every participant reported that they planned to use some NanoSense activities in
Nanoscience Learning Goals Workshop
June 14-16, 2006 at SRI International
Agenda [PDF]  |
Workshop Primer [PDF]  |
Pre-workshop Survey Results [PDF]
This working meeting, funded by NSF and organized by the
National Center for Learning and Teaching in Nanoscale Science
and Engineering and SRI International,
brought together 44 invited experts and practitioners in nanoscience,
learning science and science education to explore and debate the major concepts and learning
goals for nanoscience. Our major goals were to obtain an informed decision on the major concepts
of nanoscience, clarify the meaning of these concepts, turn these concepts into learning goals,
link the learning goals to national standards, and point out where links to the standards do
not exist. The outcomes of the workshop are being documented in a public report that will
be made available through NSF and on this web site to benefit educators and materials developers
and push the research agenda in nanoscience education.
of photos from the workshop (requires Quicktime)
Nanoscience Workshop for High School Teachers and their Students
February 11, 2006 at San Jose State University
Workshop Flyer [PDF]  |
Agenda [PDF]  |
Student permission form [PDF]
The NanoSense project hosted a 1-day nanoscience workshop at San Jose State University
for high school science teachers and their students.
Nanoscience explores the special phenomena that occur at the nanometer
scale, from 1 too 100 nanometers (10-9 m). Introducing students to
nanoscience is an exciting way to help them experience science in
the making and deepen their understanding of the nature of science.
After a general introduction to nanoscience,
we explored the effect of the size of nanopowders on the interactions of energy and
matter (e.g., the absorption of light, addressing the electromagnetic
spectrum and associated wavelengths), in particular,
how nano sunscreens differ from
Participating teachers were given sets of materials to
take back to their classroom and were encouraged to give
feedback and input on the materials. All participants were given
a certificate of participation.
Advancing Nanoscience Education Workshop
March 28-30, 2005 at SRI International
This working meeting, organized by SRI International,
Foothill-DeAnza Community College,
NASA Ames Research Center, and
NanoSIG, brought together 47
invited participants--including educational researchers and science educators (spanning high school,
community college, and university levels), nanoscientists, science museum/informal
learning specialists, and workforce development staff--interested in
advancing nanoscience education. Discussions centered on core nanoscience concepts,
the role of hands-on and simulation-based experiences, teacher professional development,
industry needs, and nanoscience careers and pathways.
Outcomes of the workshop are documented in a public report
available on the publications page.
Presentations and other materials from the workshop are available below.