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The 1st International Collaboration on K-12 nano science courses
A long-held dream of a team of engineering professors and teachers from Taiwan to visit the United States and share their vision for K-12 nano science education has been approved by the Advisory Office, Ministry of Education of Taiwan.
Judith Light Feather, President of The NanoTechnology Group Inc. (TNTG), a Global Consortium for Nano Science Education was selected to arrange an agenda for the group from Taiwan. They are scheduled to arrive in Phoenix, Arizona on November 4, 2005 to share their project to develop K-12 nano science curriculum with the Arizona State University (ASU) and the University of Wisconsin-Madison MRSEC. (UW-MRSEC)
"International relationships and the sharing of educational ideas are important as we rapidly become a global community." stated Light Feather. "Collaborative meetings between countries to share their projects will ensure educational opportunities at the nano scale of science, where 'size does matter' as we all strive to stimulate the curiosity of young minds to explore these recently discovered secrets of nature."
A two-day agenda has been planned at each of the universities for the International visit.
Arizona State University Professor B. Ramakrishna, School of Life Sciences, Project Director of INVSEE (Interactive NanoVisualization for Science and Engineering Education) and Director of the GK-12 project at ASU has planned the agenda highlighting projects from their nano education outreach programs.
The team will meet at the Goldwater Science and Engineering Building with the "Welcome" by Dr. Peter Crouch, Dean of Fulton School of Engineering and Vice Provost for Global Engagement, followed by Introductions of the participants and speakers by Professor B. Ramakrishna, who will also provide an Overview of ASU's efforts in Nanotechnology Education. An Overview of Taiwan's efforts in Nanotechnology Education will then be presented by the Taiwan team for international sharing of education goals.
Presentations by project directors at ASU are scheduled as follows:
Michael McKelvy will present the "Science is Fun" demonstrations and Kenneth Mossman and B. Ramakrishna will present the "Patterns in Nature Van" project that travels to local area schools.
Vincent Pizziconi, Kenneth Mossman and B. Ramakrishna will present the Interactive NanoVisualization for Science and Engineering Education (INVSEE) project. The second day is devoted to demonstrations of the INVSEE project along with the activities and kits prepared for Nanotechnology education.
The activities will conclude with discussions on collaborative activities and potential future partnerships between the two countries.
Sandra Kay-Helsel Ph.D., Editor-in-Chief of San Diego based NanoBioNexus, Board Member of the state of Arizona's Nanotech Cluster and TNTG's Project Director for all nano science education and social implications and virtual media development will be joining the group for the presentations on Nov. 5 at ASU.
The team will then travel to Madison, Wisconsin for two days with Olivia Castellini, Post-doc of the Interdisciplinary Education Group and the Program Coordinator of the Internships in Public Science Education (IPSE) program at UW-Madison MRSEC. An Overview will be presented by Professor Wendy Crone, and a presentation on "Teaching the Size Scale" by Greta Zenner, Assistant Director MRSEC Education Group including:
Tabletop demos will be presented by Dr. Ken Gentry, and the Kits by Olivia Castellini.
The Chemistry Outreach Activities (NSEC/ICE) for K-12 science will be presented by Professor John Moore and Dr. Andrew Greenberg, while "Targeting grades 5-8 for science outreach" will be presented by Diane Nutbrown (SPICE), followed by a Dinner hosted by the MRSEC.
The agenda for Tuesday, November 8th will start with Exhibits presented by Olivia Castellini and IPSE interns, followed by the Presentation of the Taiwanese delegation of their project with an open discussion.
Lab Activities & Website resources will be presented by Prof. George Lisensky, from Beloit College, the PEOPLE program by Ms. Jacqueline Dewalt, with the conclusion of the program sharing the Classroom Activity Guides and Curriculum Modules by Dr. Amy Payne.
Since this is the first cross-cultural sharing of ideas and curriculum in the effort to develop global nano science education for grades K-12 by The NanoTechnology Group Inc., the development of the university participation and agenda for this visit was based on the following description of the program in Taiwan.
The third part of the visit to the Cranbrook Institute of Science exhibit "It's a Nano World" developed by Cornell University was cancelled due to conflicting commitments in Taiwan, requiring the team to return a day earlier than planned. However, John Bedz, Director of Michigan Small Tech Association and co-sponsor of the exhibit generously offered to host the visiting team and gratitude and regrets for the cancellation have been expressed by all parties.
The NanoTechnology Group Inc. is honored to work with the team from Taiwan and looks forward to a continuing relationship between both countries for the development of grades K-12 Nano Science Education.
At Arizona State University:
Professor B.L. Ramakrishna, Project Director, "Interactive NanoVisualization for Science and Engineering Education" project, and Director, Grades K-12 project at ASU.
About The NanoTechnology Group Inc.:
The NanoTechnology Group Inc. is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization incorporated in Texas with an international group of members and welcomes collaboration in the United States and all countries to support education projects that lead to student and public awareness through formal and informal education globally.
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