Professional Development Workshop
Preservice teachers from education programs at UNL participated in the annual "Hands-On Nanoscience" NCMN workshop covering topics like"Planck's Constant with LEDs", “Organic Solar Cells", “Squishy Circuits, Batteries and other Electronics”. Steve Wignall, Seward High School science teacher provided teaching and one on one coaching on how to use the kits to enrich and support current nanoscience curriculum.
- 2014 Worshop 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.
Stephen Ducharme - firstname.lastname@example.org
Steven Wignall - email@example.com
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.
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 NCMN 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.
In April 2014, Dr. Enders was invited to give a presentation to business enterpreneurs at the 2014 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.