Frequently Asked Questions

 

1.  Workshops are given on an on-request basis.  Typically 10-20 teachers are required.  In the southeastern tri-state PA, NJ, and DE areas, we conduct workshops at your school or a venue of your choice.  Outside this area, we conduct live video workshops using the user-friendly Elluminate® videoconferencing system which we provide at no cost.

The three-credit graduate course is given in the summer.  It combines on-line instruction with a two-day laboratory experience at Immaculata University, Immaculata, PA.

 

2. What is the cost of workshops/courses?

      • Call for Workshop cost
      • Call for Course tuition

 

3. How will the workshop/course help me?

The course and workshop will give you the background and tools necessary to present nanotechnology lessons.  The workshop is more limited in scope, but provides an introduction to the subject and two lesson plans.

 

4. What background do I need to qualify?
It is preferable that you have an undergraduate or higher degree in science, technology, or mathematics.  However, teachers with education degrees who have taught science for a minimum of 3 years are also eligible.

 

5. Why should I care about nanotechnology when I’m so busy?
Nanotechnology will impact society in extraordinary ways in coming decades.  It’s our obligation to inform students about this even though little formal material is available in textbooks.  Familiarity with nanotechnology will enhance your skills as a teacher and give you tools to engage your students.  The course and workshop will give you a leg up in this new and exciting technology.

 

6. Why should my students care about nanotechnology?
Simply put, they will live it.   Nanotechnology will be influential in every aspect of their lives, possibly to a greater degree than present technology has revolutionized communications.   However, unless we introduce it to them, they will not know or understand its power.  Also, it will provide a wide range of career opportunities for which secondary school can give them a start.

 

7. Where does nano fit?  Bio, Chem., Phys., Gen Sci.?
Nanotechnology blurs the distinction between traditional disciplines.   It will fit any of the above and will enhance them.

 

8.  How does nanotechnology relate to my present syllabus?  How can I incorporate nanotechnology in my classes?
For each lesson, we correlate the nanotechnology material with PA standards.  Review of this will give you the connection with many topics that you cover in your courses.

 

9. Does my class have to be Honors, AP to understand nanotechnology?
No, we have presented the material so that it is useable in most middle and high school classes.  Our intention is to reach students of all academic levels.

 

10. Do I need specialized classroom materials for nanotechnology lessons?
Several lessons do require materials not usually available.  We provide these materials in sufficient quantities for a number of lessons.  

 

11. What can we do if my school has too few teachers for a workshop?
Often, workshop organizers will recruit teachers from neighboring districts to reach the 10-20 desirable attendees.

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.