NEATEC & Trinity College - Module 2 - Microscopy

By Trinity College Dublin1, NEATEC Developers

1. Centre for Research on Adaptive Nanostructures and Nanodevices

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Northeast Technological Education Center (NEATEC)
Hudson Valley Community College

STEM Introduction Topic
Secondary Level - Grades 9th-12th – Assessment

NEATEC Mission Statement:
"The Northeast Advanced Technological Education Center (NEATEC) is a Regional Center for Semiconductor and Nanotechnology Education funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF DUE #1003574) to serve as a critical, sustainable resource to create and maintain a skilled technical workforce for the semiconductor and nanotechnology industries in New York State and Western New England. Through an extensive network of community college, university, and industry partners, NEATEC will identify the essential technician competencies and skills required by such a workforce. NEATEC will develop curricular components and delivery methods to impart those skills to students. NEATEC will also create and disseminate educational materials to support curricula implementation at its community college and high school partners and provide professional development activities for K-12 schools and community college faculty. Lastly, through partner internships, co-ops, shadowing opportunities and outreach activities, NEATEC will educate current and future students regarding technological career pathways and expand the pipeline of K-12 students interested in semiconductor and nanotechnology career options."

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Support for this work was provided by the National Science Foundation's Advanced technological Education (ATE) Program through Grant #DUE 1003574.

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What is STEM?

With all the acronyms that determine hundreds of different areas of education, it is easy to confuse them all. Since 2001, the letters STEM have been a normal part of educational vocabulary.
The acronym STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. This program was started by Judith A. Ramaley, the former director of the National Science Foundation's education and human-resources division. This approach to education is designed to revolutionize the teaching of subject areas such as mathematics and science by incorporating technology and engineering into regular curriculum by creating a "meta-discipline."
There is more; STEM Education attempts to transform the typical teacher-centered classroom by encouraging a curriculum that is driven by problem-solving, discovery, exploratory learning, and requires students to actively engage a situation in order to find its solution.
Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education often has been called a meta-discipline, the "creation of a discipline based on the integration of other disciplinary knowledge into a new 'whole'. This interdisciplinary bridging among discrete disciplines is now treated as an entity, known as STEM (Morrison, 2006). " STEM education offers students one of the best opportunities to make sense of the world holistically, rather than in bits and pieces. STEM education removes the traditional barriers erected between the four disciplines, by integrating them into one cohesive teaching and learning paradigm. Morrison and others have referred to STEM as being an interdisciplinary approach. "STEM education is an interdisciplinary approach to learning where rigorous academic concepts are coupled with real-world lessons as students apply science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in contexts that make connections between school, community, work, and the global enterprise enabling the development of STEM literacy and with it the ability to compete in the new economy (Tsupros, 2009)."

What is a NEATEC Learning Module (NLM)?

A NEATEC Learning Module (NLM) is self-contained unit that can be incorporated into existing science, math, and technology classes to supplement and enhance the content and the laboratory activities of the class. Each module includes all or some of the following sections:
• Background information about the topic of the unit
• A teacher's guide
• A student's guide
• List of lab materials for laboratory activities
• A list of teacher's and student's resources
• Power Point slides

The set of modules offered by NEATEC are divided into five categories based on the level of understanding of the participants:
1. NLM K-2: These are units suitable for students in grades Kindergarten to 2nd grades.
2. NLM 3-5. These are units suitable for students in grades 3rd to 5th grades.
3. NLM 6-8. These are units suitable for students in grades 6th to 8th grades.
4. NLM 9-12. These are units suitable for students in grades 9rd to 12th grades.
5. NLM for Community Colleges.

NEATEC Learning Modules include topics on Nanotechnology, Semiconductors, Photovoltaic, Alternate Energy, Mathematics, General Science and Technology.

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Erin Crimmel

Northeast Advanced Technological Education Center (NEATEC)