Nanotechnology in Biology

By Elizabeth Gardner

University of Texas at El Paso

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This is the first of two exercises developed by El Paso High School teachers as part of a two week workshop on nanotechnology education, part of the National Center for Learning and Teaching of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (NCLT) Professional Development Workshop held June 19-30, 2006 at the University of Texas at El Paso.

Developed for junior high school students, the presentation begins with an introduction to the nanoscale and the importance of nanotechnology. This is followed by several exercises focused on manipulating matter on the nanoscale.


Louie A. Baca is a high school teacher in El Paso TX.

Liliana Sepulveda is an undergraduate student at the University of Texas at El Paso. She was an NCN summer intern at UTEP, working on this project, in 2006. She is currently working on her middle school science certification and degree. Francine Rincon, a senior microbiology major, is an NCN student this fall and will continue in the spring as a graduate student.

Eric Hagedorn is an associate professor in the physics department at the University of Texas at El Paso. As program coordinator for the NCLT Professional Development Workshop 2006 he coordinated teacher workshops that included AFM modeling and stain resistant ‘nanopants’ activities, followed by assisting local teachers in developing nanoscience curricular materials. He continues to collaborate with UTEP physics and education faculty as well as with local science teachers through NSF GK-12 and Pathways to the Geosciences grants as well as NCLT support.

Eric's research focus is physics education and his article, “Speed and Acceleration Measurements for Skateboard Enthusiasts” (2005) in The Oregon Science Teacher. Vol. 47 (1) is an example of his ability to make physics pertinent to a junior high school student.


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