Nanotechnology Now

Our NanoNews Digest Sponsors


Heifer International

Wikipedia Affiliate Button


DHgate

Home > News > NSF Funds First Nanoscale Center for Learning and Teaching

October 1st, 2004

NSF Funds First Nanoscale Center for Learning and Teaching

Abstract:
With a five-year, $15,000,000 grant to Northwestern University, the National Science Foundation is funding the nation’s first Center for Learning and Teaching in Nanoscale Science and Engineering (NCLT). (more on earlier article)

Story:

NSF Funds First Nanoscale Center for Learning and Teaching

Arlington, VA

With a five-year, $15,000,000 grant to Northwestern University, the National Science Foundation is funding the nation’s first Center for Learning and Teaching in Nanoscale Science and Engineering (NCLT). The center, under the direction of Northwestern professor of materials science and engineering, Robert P.H. Chang, will develop scientist-educators who can introduce nanoscience and nanoengineering concepts into schools and undergraduate classrooms. Additionally, it will play the key role in a national network of researchers and educators committed to ensuring that all Americans are academically prepared to participate in the new opportunities nanotechnology will offer.

The NCLT is a partnership between Northwestern University, Purdue University, the University of Michigan, Argonne National Laboratories, and the Universities of Illinois at Chicago and Urbana-Champaign. Drawing on the strengths of the various partners in nanotechnology, instruction-materials development, educational assessment, and student cognition, the NCLT will create modular education materials designed to integrate with existing curricula in grades 7-12, and to align with national and state science education standards. Each module will be based on topics from nanoscience and nanoengineering, selected and developed by an interdisciplinary team including scientists, engineers, education researchers and graduate students, and practicing teachers. Expanded versions of the modules will be targeted at community colleges and undergraduate institutions and will eventually serve as the core of semester-long courses in nanotechnology.

For professional development activities and curricular testing, the Midwestern lead institutions will collaborate with additional partners locally and nationally. Undergraduate course materials will be field-tested and evaluated at multiple sites, including 5 minority-serving institutions: Alabama A & M University, Fisk University, Hampton University, Morehouse College, and the University of Texas at El Paso. Middle-school and high-school modules will be field-tested in the classrooms of award-winning science teachers across the country.

According to Chang, the center's initial nano education modules will focus on materials science and engineering. "At the nanoscale", Chang said, "materials science connects ideas from the biological, physical and earth sciences. Our modules will emphasize the role of nanoscale properties and structure in determining the behavior of the substances—from plastics to semiconductors to metals—that drive our technological society, and the possibilities nanoscale control offers for new materials." Chang's plans expand on his experience with the Materials World Modules project, an ongoing NSF-supported effort to introduce topics from materials science to students in grades 7-12. Chang says the NCLT project is "both the biggest challenge of my life and a unique opportunity to serve. We hope to reach at least 1 million students spread across all 50 states."

Three core activities are common to all NSF Centers for Learning and Teaching:
  • Training graduate students,
  • Providing professional development programs for teachers from schools and community colleges, and
  • Researching educational strategies and techniques, and their effectiveness.

At the NCLT, these activities will be organized around the production and testing of the nanomaterials modules. Collectively, they will increase the number of K-12 educators prepared in content, instruction and assessment methodologies, while helping the center prepare American students for broad participation in nano-enabled research, development and industrial opportunities.

Dr. Mihail Roco, NSF's senior advisor for nanotechnology, notes that the Center for Learning and Teaching in Nanoscale Science and Engineering shows how the NSF is committed to working with the U.S. educational system to ensure that the societal benefits of nanotechnology are broadly and equitably distributed. NSF has supported systemic changes to introduce nanotechnology early in a student's education since 2001, first by funding programs to develop new curricular materials and later through the Nanotechnology Undergraduate Education program and expanded high school programs. In FY 2004, NSF is supporting about 8,000 students, graduate students, and teachers in nanotechnology-related projects. According to Roco, "The NCLT's goal is to become a national resource for nanoscale science and engineering education including training of teachers, coordinating the exchange of materials and ideas and promoting synergies among nano educators throughout the United States."

"This project brings together researchers and educators," Roco continued, "capitalizing on the convergence of science and technology at the nanometer scale. The education leaders the NCLT produces will create a better pipeline for young students interested in nanotechnology itself and in interdisciplinary science and engineering. Because of its connection to broad communities throughout the country, its partnerships, and its clearinghouse role for educational programs, this NCLT will have an even broader societal impact than the educational activities at previous topical centers."


Media contacts:

Philip Lippel
NSF
(703) 292-7741
plippel@nsf.gov

Megan Fellman
Northwestern University
(847) 491-3115
fellman@northwestern.edu

Program contacts:

Mihail Roco
NSF
(703) 292-8301
mroco@nsf.gov

Carole Stearns
NSF
(703) 292-5108
cstearns@nsf.gov

Principal Investigator:

Robert P.H. Chang
Northwestern University
(847) 491-3598
r-chang@northwestern.edu

NSF PR 04-140

Copyright © NSF

If you have a comment, please us.

Bookmark:
Delicious Digg Newsvine Google Yahoo Reddit Magnoliacom Furl Facebook

Related Links

NSF

Northwestern University

Related News Press

Academic/Education

Graphene: Progress, not quantum leaps May 23rd, 2016

Smithsonian Science Education Center and National Space Society Team Up for Next-Generation Space Education Program "Enterprise In Space" May 11th, 2016

The University of Colorado Boulder, USA, combines Raman spectroscopy and nanoindentation for improved materials characterisation May 9th, 2016

Albertan Science Lab Opens in India May 7th, 2016

Investments/IPO's/Splits

Nanometrics Announces Upcoming Investor Events May 10th, 2016

ORIG3N Added to Companies Presenting at Harris & Harris Group's Annual Meeting, Tuesday June 7, 2016, the New York Genome Center April 27th, 2016

Aspen Aerogels to Present at the 28th Annual ROTH Conference March 14th, 2016

Harris & Harris Group Announces Formation of Co-Investment Fund for Accredited Investors March 9th, 2016

Announcements

Simple attraction: Researchers control protein release from nanoparticles without encapsulation: U of T Engineering discovery stands to improve reliability and fabrication process for treatments to conditions such as spinal cord damage and stroke May 28th, 2016

Scientists illuminate a hidden regulator in gene transcription: New super-resolution technique visualizes important role of short-lived enzyme clusters May 27th, 2016

Doubling down on Schrödinger's cat May 27th, 2016

Deep Space Industries and SFL selected to provide satellites for HawkEye 360’s Pathfinder mission: The privately-funded space-based global wireless signal monitoring system will be developed by Deep Space Industries and UTIAS Space Flight Laboratory May 26th, 2016

NanoNews-Digest
The latest news from around the world, FREE




  Premium Products
NanoNews-Custom
Only the news you want to read!
 Learn More
NanoTech-Transfer
University Technology Transfer & Patents
 Learn More
NanoStrategies
Full-service, expert consulting
 Learn More











ASP
Nanotechnology Now Featured Books




NNN

The Hunger Project







Car Brands
Buy website traffic