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Nanotechnology Workshop Offerings
Thanks to NSF grant DUE-2000725, NACK offers two types of free, live-streaming workshops. Whether you need introductory information to the world of nano, are ready to implement nano-concepts into your classroom, or are interested in implementing a full nanotechnology program at your institution, these are great cutting-edge knowledge, professional development opportunities at no cost to you!

The leadership team involved in developing and redesigning the structure of the 2021 workshop offerings include: Mariel Kolker (Morristown High School, NJ), Peter Kazarinoff (Portland Community College), Anthony Dalessio (SUNY Erie Community College), Wesley Sanders (Salt Lake Community College), Jared Ashcroft (Pasadena City College), Ozgur Cakmak (Penn State), Terry Kuzma (Penn State), Osama Awadelkarim (Penn State), Renee Lindenberg (Penn State) and Bob Ehrmann (Penn State).
Introduction to Nanotechnology for Educators Workshop  

How small is a nanometer? What makes nanotechnology so special, interesting, and unique? How is nanotechnology impacting us today and into the future? How do we see what we cannot see? How do we make things at the nanoscale? What education and career paths are available in nanotechnology? Learn the answers to these questions and more at our Intro to Nanotechnology for Educators Workshop.

Nanotechnology is at the frontier of chemistry, biology, biophysics, materials science, engineering ... just about any STEM discipline. Our everyday lives are being affected by the nano-world, including health, electronics, building materials, household products, alternative energy, and even fashion.

Join us for six consecutive Fridays from January 22 - February 26th, 2021 from noon to 2:00 pm ET as we:
  • Gain a basic understanding of nanotechnology.
  • Deepen our understanding of current nanoscience research.
  • Learn about opportunities and pathways for your students.
  • Discover phenomena at the nanoscale, which includes activities and content that can be used to create NGSS-aligned lessons or workforce development programming.

Courtesy of the National Science Foundation, these free, virtual workshop sessions will be conducted via Zoom, with a treasure trove of additional materials and resources provided through Penn State's course management system. Certificates of Completion will be provided upon request at conclusion of the workshop. An asynchronous option will be available for those who are interested but cannot commit to the set schedule.

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Hands-On-Site workshops  

These workshops enable educators who attended the Intro to Nano and NCM workshops experiences to enhance their understanding nanotechnology and further understand the laboratory experiences that NACK partners are using within their nanotechnology workforce programs, leading to implementation of nanotechnology classroom experiences, nanotechnology courses or perhaps nanotechnology workforce programs at their home institutions. These multi-day workshops are designed to give the participant actual experience within a cleanroom to aid them in implementing the material into their own coursework and/or program.

Stay tuned for more information for upcoming offerings of these workshops.
Nano-Educators Topical Seminar Series  

Please join us for a more in-depth dive of select nanotechnology topics, including resources and tips on how to share these ideas with your students. This series consists of 16 self-contained topics split between March-April and September-October. Though targeted for undergraduate studies, off-line discussions may include ways to adapt to a variety of academic levels. The planned schedule is listed below. Each seminar includes a two-hour discussion on Fridays beginning at noon EST, and additional materials provided through a course management system. You can attend one, some or all the topics:

  • September 17, 2021 – Optical Lithography
  • September 24, 2021 – Wave-Based Characterization
  • October 1, 2021 – Plasma Technology
  • October 8, 2021 – Microelectromechanical Systems
  • October 15, 2021 – Focused Ion Beam Scanning Electron Microscopy and Ebeam Lithography
  • October 29, 2021 - Transmission Electron Microscopy
  • November 5, 2021 – Microfluidics
  • November 12, 2021 – Nano-medicine

*For a detailed description of each topic, visit

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