Opportunities for Educators
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Montana State University offers a Master of Science in Science Education (MSSE) for professional development or to earn a master's degree, targeted to traditional teachers and informal science educators in all science disciplines. The program includes online graduate courses as well as in-person summer courses. MSSE offers a wide array of courses; MONT participates in the Solar Cell Basics for Science Teachers (2 credits). The course is an in-person course held July 6-10, 2020. Teachers use the cleanroom to produce a solar cell that they take home with them and they also produce a lesson plan based on the course. MONT supports course scholarships for teachers from underrepresented minority groups or teachers in a setting that serves a large population of underrepresented students.
For more information, email Heather Rauser.
Nanoscience Professional Development Workshop for High School Teachers - June 17-19, 2020. Nanoscience is revolutionizing the fields of chemistry, biology, physics, earth science, and engineering! Nanomaterials that are 1-100 nanometers in length act much differently than their larger counterparts and, as a result, are quite useful in tackling scientific problems of this age. Our interactive, hands-on, professional development workshop will expose you to the wild (and tiny) world of nanoscience and nanotechnology! You will get resources for your classroom and will learn fun and relevant activities to engage your students in the future of science! Interested in attending? Register now!
For more information, email NanoEarth.
Opportunity for northern California teachers: The nanofacilities at Stanford (nano@stanford) offers a four-day Summer Institute for Middle School Teachers (SIMST) June 29 - July 2, 2020. Selected teachers will learn about the physical concepts underlying nanotechnology and nanoscience in simple terms. Teachers will also develop lesson plans and receive hands-on activities that bring nanoscience into the classroom. After fully participating in SIMST, teachers can receive up to a $800 stipend ($500 after completion of SIMST, $300 after implementing a nano lesson in the classroom). Please note there is no additional travel or lodging stipend. Applicants will be accepted on a rolling basis. Final day to submit an application is May 29, 2020.
For more information, email Angela Hwang
Research Experience for Teachers: The Research Triangle Nanotechnology Network (RTNN) is now accepting applications from middle and high school teachers as well as community college educators for its summer RET program: Atomic Scale Design and Engineering. Up to eleven teachers will be selected to participate in research in nanoscale science and engineering labs at NC State, Duke, or UNC-Chapel Hill or in industry. Participants will also design and share curricular materials to use in the classroom. The 2020 program lasts for 5 weeks, June 16 – July 17, with follow up during the academic year. Teachers will receive a $5,000 stipend for their work as an RET with additional funding available for curricular materials and travel for lesson plan/curriculum dissemination. The program is for US citizens only and teachers must participate for the entire period of the program. Applications will be reviewed as they are received. It is recommended that all materials be submitted by February 17, 2020. Applications will be considered until all positions are filled. To learn more and apply, please visit the RTNN RET Website. Questions?
For more information, email Dr. Maude Cuchiara or Dr. Gail Jones.
Annual Workshop for Community College Educators (August program)
Participants in the RTNN ExternTrip will first get an overview of nanotechnology and its real-world applications from RTNN staff at NC State. They will then take an in-depth tour of the nanofabrication facility. Participants will “gown up” to enter the clean room, where they will see a variety of different tools and a photolithography demonstration. Afterwards, educators will visit the electron microscopy laboratory. There, they will learn how an electron microscope works and utilize the microscope to observe different samples at high magnification. (Educators are encouraged to bring samples they would like to view. Some ideas include insects, textiles, hair, plants, soil, etc. Dry/mostly-dry samples are recommended.) Participants will conclude the ExternTrip by doing a few hands-on, nano-themed activities that they can incorporate into their classroom as well as learn about other educational resources/opportunities that the RTNN has developed specifically for teachers and/or K-12 students/classrooms. Throughout the event, RTNN staff will be present to answer questions.
For more information, email Dr. Maude Cuchiara.
SENIC offers a four-day Summer Institute for Middle School Teachers (SIMST) June 1 - 4, 2020. Selected teachers will learn about the physical concepts underlying nanotechnology and nanoscience in simple terms. Teachers will also develop lesson plans and receive hands-on activities that bring nanoscience into the classroom. After fully participating in SIMST, teachers can receive up to a $800 stipend ($500 after completion of SIMST, $300 after implementing a nano lesson in the classroom). Please note there is a travel and lodging stipend. Applications are due April 15, 2020.
For more information, email Quinn Spadola
Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) across the NNCI
The National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure (NNCI) will be tentatively offering teachers the opportunity to experience the excitement of nanotechnology research and to share this experience in their classrooms and with their peers. This program will be offered to teachers by four NNCI sites: Georgia Institute of Technology (GT), University of Minnesota (UMN), University of Nebraska–Lincoln (UNL), and Northwestern University (NWU). Contact your local site for more information.
The NNCI RET program is 7 weeks:
- 6 weeks in summer at the NNCI site
- 1 week during the school year with a follow-up visit to your classroom by RET coordinators and sharing your experience at the annual meeting of the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)
For more information on the GT program, email Quinn Spadola.
For more information on the UMN program, email Jim Marti.
For more information on the UNL program, email Terese Janovec.
For more information on the NWU program, email Katy Dean.