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This community is a place to share information on teaching nanoscale science and technology for MNT workforce development. Resources on nanoHUB that are geared towards secondary or undergraduate students interested in technical careers will be highlighted, and links provided to good material outside nanoHUB.

Within this group, community members can communicate with one another via email, the discussion board and blog. The discussion board may be a good place to talk about particular lesson plans or ways that other teachers approach certain concepts, for example.

You can post notices for events on the group calendar and collaborate on projects with other members. You can also share items through the wiki pages. Within a wiki page, you can have text, upload files and images, and have links to material on the web. Wiki pages can be set up so that any group member can edit a page, or you can specify that only you as the page author can edit the page you create. Wiki pages may be a good way to share your nanoscience lesson plans.

If you need assistance, send a message to Tanya Faltens through nanoHUB. I will from time to time move the information to this overview page.

This group contains the following:

Resources on nanoHUB for Nanotechnology Workforce Development

K-12 Nanotechnology Education Outreach for Workforce Development— The Georgia Institute of Technology Model

Northwestern University (2006)
By Diane Palma
The NSF estimates that by the year 2015 there will be a need for two million workers worldwide in the fields of nanoscience and nanotechnology. Of these, nearly one million will be needed in the U.S. An additional 5 million workers will be needed in support areas for these fields. To develop this workforce, education outreach should be a major thrust of our universities, industries, and federal labs. This outreach must begin in the elementary grades and expand up to professional adults in need of retraining and skill enhancement. Fortunately for Georgia Tech, Diana Palma has found a “WIN-WIN” combination for Georgia students and researchers to provide support and encouragement for each other.

Engineering the Classroom— Engineering science as the core for technology teacher education for the 21st century

Colorado State University (2009)
By Michael de Miranda, NCLT
This NCLT seminar presentation will report on content analysis research of pre-service teacher/engineering science students’ ability to conceptualize, design, and evaluate student design brief solutions in high school technology classes. This research is just a part of a larger challenge within the engineering and technology teacher preparation community to understand what pre-service teacher candidates need to know and be able to do to teach engineering design in a context and content valid manner.

Exploration of the Oxidation Rate of Silicon Wafers via Simulation

Purdue University (2014)
By Tanya Faltens

This teaching resource is designed for instructors who would like to introduce exploration through simulation into their lessons on silicon oxidation.  Step-by-step instructions are provided for running the process lab oxidation simulation, and guiding questions are provided that should help students discover important trends in the oxidation rate when different process parameters are changed.

Exploring Thin Film Interference Colors through Simulation

Purdue University (2014)
By Tanya Faltens

This resource will guide instructors and independent learners through the process of simulating the reflections off of a thin film using the S4: Stanford Stratified Structure Solver simulation tool. Examples of a freely standing thin film (a soap bubble) and a thin film of silicon dioxide on a silicon wafer are presented. Some reference to thin film interference and the colors average humans perceive when viewing different energies (or wavelengths) of light are included. The simulations can be easily used in conjunction with other learning materials available on nanoHUB and elsewhere, such as oxidation of silicon wafers and SCME's Deposition Overview.


Resources on the web for Nanotechnology Workforce Development

National Science Foundation National nano- Advanced Technological Education (ATE) Centers

MATEC— Maricopa Advanced Technology Education Center

MATEC is the worldwide leader in education and industry collaboration, supporting the ongoing development of a highly skilled workforce.

NACK Network

Nanotechnology Applications and Career Knowledge (NACK) Network Provides Educator Resources including introductory material that is appropriate for high school. Browse their Educator Resources and look at the Introductory Level Modules and Activities.


The primary mission of Nano-Link is to provide nanoscience classroom materials for use by high school and college educators as well as industry.
The modules are intended to be an inclusive package of activities, experiments, background information slides, questions and other related material that you can tailor to the needs of your students and curriculum. In addition Nano-Link provides training for educators to help them maximize the value of our training materials.

NEATEC—Northeast Advanced Technological Education Center

Here you will find K-12 Resources, Post Secondary Resources, Professional Development opportunities. This will include developed learning modules and how to access them, video lectures, conference key notes, powerpoints, course outlines, teacher handbooks, access to lab kits, meeting announcements, etc…

SCME Southwest Center for Microsystems Education

The SCME offers professional development and educational materials to excite and engage secondary and post secondary students in the field of Microsystems (MEMS) technology.


SHINE: Seattle’s Hub for Industry-driven Nanotechnology Education at North Seattle Community College


Micro Nano Technology (MNT) Conference

Innovative and emerging curriculum covering all aspects of Micro-Nano education will be made available, targeting secondary and post-secondary STEM classes. There will be plenty of networking opportunities for you to share and learn from each other – we are a great community to get to know and want to continue contributing to the development of our High-Tech Micro/Nano workforce!

High Impact Technology Exchange (HI TEC) Conference

HI-TEC is a national conference on advanced technological education where secondary and postsecondary educators, counselors, industry professionals, trade organizations, and technicians can update their knowledge and skills. Charged with Educating America’s Technical Workforce, the event focuses on the preparation needed by the existing and future workforce for companies in the high-tech sectors that drive our nation’s economy., a resource for nanoscience and nanotechnology, is supported by the National Science Foundation and other funding agencies. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.