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.
Lesson 1: Introduction to Nanotechnology
Presentation, Video, and Quiz
Lesson 2: The Feynman Paper introducing the field of nanotechnology
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
Students will conduct experiments during a two-day laboratory at Immaculata University.
- Optical properties of Nanoparticles: Synthesis and study of colloidal gold and silver nanoparticles.
- The Molecular Scale: How do you measure what you can’t see?
- Effect of Size on Reactions
- Hydrogels - Production and Applications
- Use of Quantum Dots as Biomarkers: To visualize and locate biotin molecules using fluorescing quantum dots
- Use of fluorescent nanogold as a Biomarker and drug delivery agent.
- 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,
Dr. Jim Murray,