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National Center for Learning and Teaching in Nanoscale Science and Engineering. (NCLT)

The mission of NCLT is to develop the next generation of leaders in NSE teaching and learning, with an emphasis on NSEE capacity building, providing a strong impact on national STEM education. The guiding theme of NCLT is learning and teaching through inquiry and design of nanoscale materials and applications.

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  1. Introduction to Nanometer Scale Science & Technology

    Online Presentations | 18 Jan 2005 | Contributor(s): Mark Hersam

    This seminar will provide an introductory overview for non-experts of the emerging field of nanometer scale science and technology. The following topics will be emphasized: (1) historical background and motivation for the study of nanometer scale phenomena; (2) strategies for controlling the...

  2. How Can Your Educational Modules Contain Interactive Online Simulation?

    Online Presentations | 28 Feb 2005 | Contributor(s): Gerhard Klimeck

    The Network for Computational Nanotechnology (NCN) is a multi-university, NSF-funded initiative with a mission to lead in research, education, and outreach to students and professionals, while at the same time deploying a unique web-based cyber-infrastructure to serve the nation''s National...

  3. Moore's Law Forever?

    Online Presentations | 13 Jul 2005 | Contributor(s): Mark Lundstrom

    This talk covers the big technological changes in the 20th and 21st century that were correctly predicted by Gordon Moore in 1965. Moore's Law states that the number of transistors on a silicon chip doubles every technology generation. In 1960s terms that meant every 12 months and currently...

  4. Nanomaterials: Quantum Dots, Nanowires and Nanotubes

    Online Presentations | 15 Jul 2005 | Contributor(s): Timothy D. Sands

    What is a quantum dot? What is a nanowire? What is a nanotube? Why are these interesting and what are their potential applications? How are they made? This presentation is intended to begin to answer these questions while introducing some fundamental concepts such as wave-particle duality,...

  5. Designing Nanocomposite Materials for Solid-State Energy Conversion

    Online Presentations | 10 Nov 2005 | Contributor(s): Timothy D. Sands

    New materials will be necessary to break through today's performance envelopes for solid-state energy conversion devices ranging from LED-based solid-state white lamps to thermoelectric devices for solid-state refrigeration and electric power generation. The combination of recent materials...

  6. Embedding science and technology education into students' lifestyles and technology choices

    Online Presentations | 06 Dec 2005 | Contributor(s): Krishna Madhavan

    Learning experiences of the future will be multi-sensory, engage technologies and significant computational power continuously and invisibly, and will be completely engaging. The emergence of highly cross-disciplinary fields like nanoscale science and technology, bioinformatics, and...

  7. Creating Research Links between Science at the Nanoscale and Science Education

    Online Presentations | 28 Feb 2006 | Contributor(s): Nora H. Sabelli

    This talk will address what is needed to reduce the gap between current science education and science education that incorporates the ideas in current nanoscience. The ability to manipulate matter at increasingly smaller scales of distance and time has blurred the boundaries between disciplines....

  8. Metal Oxide Nanowires: Synthesis, Characterization and Device Applications

    Online Presentations | 07 Mar 2006 | Contributor(s): Jia Grace Lu

    Various metal oxide nanowires, such as ZnO, SnO2, Fe2O3, In2O3 and Ga2O3, have been synthesized by chemical vapor deposition method. Their structures and properties are characterized by TEM, SEM, XRD, AFM, photoluminescence, photoconductance, scanning surface potential microscopy, and electrical...

  9. Teaching approaches for including nanotechnology and other current topics in the undergraduate curriculum: Context, inquiry and authentic science practice

    Online Presentations | 02 May 2006 | Contributor(s): Gabriela C. Weaver

    Topics in nanotechnology and nanoscience are unlikely to be found to any great extent in traditional instructional materials, including textbooks and laboratory manuals. While this may change in the future, it would be useful for today's undergraduate classroom to make use of teaching approaches...

  10. What Can We Learn About Doing Content-Based Educational Research on Teaching and Learning from the 30-Year History of Research in Chemical Education?

    Online Presentations | 07 Jun 2006 | Contributor(s): George Bodner

    This talk is based on the assumption that one of the functions of the National Center for Learning & Teaching is to promote basic research on teaching and learning within the content domain of nanoscale science and engineering. In order to understand what this might involve, we will look at...

  11. Nanotubes and Nanowires: One-dimensional Materials

    Online Presentations | 17 Jul 2006 | Contributor(s): Timothy D. Sands

    What is a nanowire? What is a nanotube? Why are they interesting and what are their potential applications? How are they made? This presentation is intended to begin to answer these questions while introducing some fundamental concepts such as wave-particle duality, quantum confinement, the...

  12. Nanoelectronics 101

    Online Presentations | 28 Aug 2006 | Contributor(s): Mark Lundstrom

    Semiconductor device technology has transformed our world with supercomputers, personal computers, cell phones, ipods, and much more that we now take for granted. Moore's Law, posited by Intel co-founder Gordon Moore in 1965, states that the number of transistors (the basic building blocks...

  13. Nanomaterials: from Art to Applications

    Online Presentations | 04 Jan 2007 | Contributor(s): Howard E. Katz, Jonah Erlebacher, Peter C. Searson

    The current revolution in materials technologies is being driven by the ability to observe and control nanometer-scale features, and even to manipulate objects the size of single molecules. Research being conducted at the Johns Hopkins Department of Materials Science and Engineering has a...

  14. Team-based learning in a based learning in a nanotechnology course: Enhancing Enhancing critical thinking through course structure

    Online Presentations | 04 Jan 2007 | Contributor(s): Linda Vanasupa

  15. K-12 Nanotechnology Education Outreach for Workforce Development: The Georgia Institute of Technology Model

    Online Presentations | 08 Jan 2007 | Contributor(s): Diane Palma

    At a time when competition for obtaining research grant money is at a critically high level of complexity, coincidentally, the recruitment of U.S. students to science and engineering courses of study and careers is at an all time low. The NSF estimates that by the year 2015 there will be a need...

  16. Perspectives on NanoScience and Engineering Education (NSEE)

    Online Presentations | 09 Feb 2007 | Contributor(s): Robert P. H. Chang

    Building capacity in NSEE is the driving mission for the National Center for Learning and Teaching in Nanoscale Science and Engineering Education (NCLT). Robert Chang, the Director of NCLT, will discuss the urgency of improving science education in this country and present how NCLT is granted the...

  17. Toward Anticipatory Governance

    Online Presentations | 25 Sep 2007 | Contributor(s): David Guston

    The Center for Nanotechnology in Society at Arizona State University (CNS-ASU) is an NSF-funded center, created in October 2005, for research, education and outreach on the societal aspects of nano-scale science and engineering (NSE). CNS-ASU involves the collaboration of scores of faculty,...

  18. Functionalized Nanomaterials at the Interface of Biology and Technology

    Online Presentations | 24 Apr 2008 | Contributor(s): Dean Ho, National Center for Learning & Teaching in Nanoscale Science & Engineering

    Nanomaterials, such as block copolymeric membranes and nanodiamonds, can be engineered for a broad range of applications in energy and medicine. This presentation will highlight the relevance of these materials as foundations for device fabrication across the spectrum of biology and technology....

  19. Nanomedicine for Treating Organ Failure

    Online Presentations | 02 Jan 2008 | Contributor(s): Thomas J. Webster

    Nanotechnology has begun to revolutionize numerous science and engineering fields. The use of nanotechnology in medicine has been termed nanomedicine. This presentation will highlight recent advancements in the treating of organ failures (such as orthopedic, vascular, cartilage, central and...

  20. Thinking Small

    Online Presentations | 17 Apr 2008 | Contributor(s): Carl Batt, National Center for Learning & Teaching in Nanoscale Science & Engineering

    There is an overwhelming need on the part of the research community to explain our efforts in nanoscale science and engineering to the general public. To do so effectively there is also a need to catalogue the public's understanding of nanotechnology especially with respect to their ability to...

  21. Teaching Risk Studies

    Online Presentations | 24 Apr 2008 | Contributor(s): David M. Berube

    Risk studies needs to be taught to all students. While not necessitating a stand-alone status in educational settings prior to post-secondary education, it might behoove to find creative ways to add components of risk studies to K-12 curriculum. This lecture will examine some of the challenges...

  22. Modern X-ray Scattering Methods for Nanoscale Materials Analysis

    Online Presentations | 15 Oct 2008 | Contributor(s): Richard J. Matyi

    Since its discovery by von Laue in 1912, X-ray diffraction has become an indispensable tool for structure determinations in the physical and biological sciences. X-rays are characterized by high energies and by wavelengths that are commensurate with nanometer-sized structures – unlike optical...

  23. DragonflyTV Nano – Using the Power of Television to Introduce Middle School Children to Nanotechnology

    Online Presentations | 15 Jan 2009 | Contributor(s): Richard Hudson, Joan Freese, Angie Prindle, Lisa Regalla

    DragonflyTV is a PBS science series for children, broadcast nationwide and on the internet. DragonflyTV models authentic science inquiry through its unique approach: In each episode, ordinary kids conduct their own inquiry-based investigations, modeling the inquiry process and communicating the...

  24. Building Capacity for Nano Education and Outreach through Partnerships with Science Museums: Overview and Case Study

    Online Presentations | 31 Mar 2009 | Contributor(s): Carol Lynn Alpert, National Center for Learning & Teaching in Nanoscale Science & Engineering

    This session will present the background and theory behind these collaborations and activities, provide examples, and address evaluative aspects. We will also touch briefly on a range of other examples of nanoscale research center – informal science education institutional collaborations,...