Nanotechnology for Middle/High School Teachers

This three-credit graduate level course serves as an introduction to nanotechnology, a burgeoning field of research and development that is redefining the scientific landscape and will shape the future scientific careers of students.  Although there is an introduction to the subject matter and to a number of applications, this course is intended to introduce the topic to teachers of prospective future technologists. 

The course will provide the tools for teachers to create several experimental lessons teaching fundamental principles of nanotechnology to their middle school and high school students through inquiry-based learning.  The learning experience is enriched through the use of lab experiments, applets, videos, podcasts, discussion forums and scientific papers.  Approximately one-third of the course is on-line content and two-thirds is focused on the experiments and development of lesson plans that the individual teacher is to deliver to his/her students in the fall following the course.

Combining on-line and laboratory components, Nanotechnology for Middle/High School Teachers introduces the concept of nanotechnology applied to diverse scientific disciplines, giving both the conceptual background and experimental modules for use in the classroom. The course will focus on techniques and strategies to help middle and high school students grasp the principles and applications of nanotechnology as applied to real life examples.

Participants will have classroom access through the internet to sophisticated experimental instrumentation, otherwise unavailable to them, at Immaculata and Northeastern Universities.

  • On-line Component

         Lesson 1:  Introduction to Nanotechnology
             Presentation, Video, and Quiz
         Lesson 2: The Feynman Paper introducing the field of nanotechnology
             Discussion Forum
         Lesson 3: Applications of Nanotechnology
             Presentation and Quiz
         Lesson 4:  Modifying an Experimental Lesson Plan for your Grade Level
         Lesson 5:  Development of Personalized Lesson Plans
         Lesson 6:  Phenomena Unique to Nanotechnology
         Lesson 7:  Ethics and Regulation of Nanotechnology
         Lesson 8:  Overcoming Barriers to Implementing Lesson Plans

  • Laboratory Component

         Students will conduct experiments during a two-day laboratory at Immaculata University.

  1. Optical properties of Nanoparticles:  Synthesis and study of colloidal gold and silver nanoparticles.
  2. The Molecular Scale: How do you measure what you can’t see? 
  3. Effect of Size on Reactions
  4. Hydrogels - Production and Applications
  5. Use of Quantum Dots as Biomarkers: To visualize and locate biotin molecules using fluorescing quantum dots
  6. Use of fluorescent nanogold as a Biomarker and drug delivery agent.
  7. Filtration- Effect of surface area/particle size on filtering efficacy

Schedule:   Next session TBD

Location: The laboratory component is given at Immaculata University, Immaculata, PA

For information, contact

Dr. Barry Stein, Click to add the image.

Dr. Jim Murray, Click to add the image.

Upcoming Info


  • We are developing new nanotechnology lessons.  Look for them in the near future.
  • We have expanded the relationship between schools and our corporate partners through our Outreach Providers Network (OPN).  It is our vision to bring corporate scientists, engineers, technicians, and business people into the classroom, using modern technology.  We have created a repository of short video interviews with our corporate partners for teachers use to show students the journeys that others have taken to careers in science and technology.   These interviews can be used in the classroom or for home assignments as the basis for discussions about nanotechnolgy careers.