Small Scale Stenciling: Mask Lab

By Marilyn Garza

Santa Barbara Jr. High School, Santa Barbara, CA

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This lab is analogous with some nanofabrication processes. This lab will help students understand some of the challenges encountered while making semiconductor chips and waveguides, both of which are found in electronic circuits.  The content is appropriate for students in middle school or high school.


Marilyn Garza is a Physical Science teacher at Santa Barbara Junior High School. In 2007, she received the Milken Educator Award and was Santa Barbara County Teacher of the Year in 2010 and a California Teacher of the Year Finalist in 2011.

Marilyn was a lead teacher for a NSF GK-12 grant that incorporated UCSB science and engineering graduate students into her classroom for seven years. Her background in Materials Science Engineering has motivated her to stay in touch with the scientific research field through programs such as Research Experience for Teachers at UCSB as a participant and as a teacher mentor.

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Development and distribution partially funded by the National Science Foundation. UC Santa Barbara.

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