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This community is a place to share information on teaching nanoscience to high school students. Resources on nanoHUB that are geared towards high school students will be highlighted, and links provided to good material outside nanoHUB.
Within this group, community members can communicate with one another via the discussion forum, which is a good place to talk about lesson plans or ways that other teachers approach certain concepts.
We encourage contributions from the community! If you teach a nano-related lesson, consider sharing it with the community. You can informally share your material through a file upload to a group collection, or the group manager will gladly help you create a nanoHUB publication.
A few links you may find especially useful:
This is a database of nanoeducation resources that can be searched, filtered, and sorted. Resources are listed by topic area, grade level, core discipline, STEM content area, and resource type.
NSTA provides a nice framework in which to discuss ideas related to nanoscale science and engineering. The 9 Big Ideas of Nanoscale Scence and Engineering and their associated learning goals are described here.
Many hands-on activities along with instructional videos are available via NISE net, search for what you would like from this spreadsheet, which covers kit content through 2014.
- For K12 Students
- For K12 Teachers
- U.S. Nano and Emerging Technologies Network
- Teaching Nano and Emerging Technologies Network
- College, Grad School and Post Doc Opportunities
- Associate Degrees, Certificates and Job Information
- Resources for Nanotechnology Laboratory Safety
- Multimedia Resources and Contests
High School Resources on nanoHUB
We have interviewed scientists and engineers who do nanotechnology and here are some of their profiles.
- Engineering Job 1: Engineering Graduate Student Researcher in a Nanoscience Laboratory
- Engineering Job 2: Research Assistant in a Nanotechnology Lab
- Engineering Job 3: Postdoctoral Researcher Scientist in a Nanoscience Research Laboratory
By Elizabeth Gardner, 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.
By Emad Tajkhorshid
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Professor Emad Tajkhorshid speaks to University Laboratory High School students about his research in Computational Studies of Membranes and Membrane Associated Phenomena. Membrane proteins are of critical importance for all living cells. They are responsible for exchange of materials and information across cellular membranes, and participate in a wide range of metabolic, regulatory, and sensory mechanisms. His research focuses on structure function relationship of membrane proteins, in particular membrane channels and transporters, and understanding the mechanism of their function using simulation and computational methodologies. Recent advances in structural determination of membrane proteins have resulted in high resolution structures of several membrane proteins that we can use in simulation studies to understand how the architecture of the protein, and specific interactions and dynamics of its building blocks provide the basis of its mechanism of function.
1. University of Texas at El Paso
This PowerPoint presentation describes a brief history of how the transistor was developed, how a transistor works and its possible applications. It is at the high school level.
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.
This lab is designed to help students understand the following: the interdisciplinary fields of science, a practical application of chemistry in the real world, and the need to carefully conduct experiments and evaluate data in a collaborative environment. In this experiment, students will compare the toxicity of different concentrations of nanoparticle suspensions on brine shrimp, along with controls, to perform toxicity assays and data analysis.
Engineering the Classroom – Engineering science as the core for technology teacher education for the 21st century
By Michael De Miranda, Thomas J. Siller and Todd D. Fantz
Northwestern University (2009)
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.
By Adaku Ochia
Purdue University (2007)
This presentation discusses some online games at Generation-Nano.Org that are developed to teach nano-scaled science to a K-12 audience. The website holds games and exercises developed with Adobe Flash categorized as missions, to explain critical concepts of nanotechnology in an easy to understand form. The Carbon Nanotube Mission is comprised of three games with supporting interactive videos.
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University of California-Berkeley (2010) 7 Series
Series of lectures aimed at high school students from those already committed to careers in science to those committed to poetry, history, philosophy or to figuring out what they want to be committed to.
The suggestions and tools listed in this document can be used as a guide for developing science and engineering lessons. Consider it a starting point for teachers to consider the variety of tools available to use in synchronous and asynchronous learning formats. In addition to the tips and tools described, the document also provides three examples of how the tools are used to create 5-E engineering and science lessons.