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Students Test Nanomodule at Evanston Township High School (Mar 30, 2005)

May 30 2005, Reported by Melinda Vogt

In developing science content, the rubber meets the road when our modules get into the hands of students. The National Center for Learning & Teaching in Nanoscale Science (NCLT) has a rigorous test-marketing strategy with its content development for grades 7-16.

Through several phases of field-tests, our development team strives to ensure the validity and success of the content in the classroom.

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Dr. Emma Tevaarwerk and NCLT Lead Teacher, Renee DeWald instruct students about our new nanoscale science module.

Renee DeWald, Lead Teacher for NCLT, demonstrates an experiment from our nanoscale science module using a macroscale object, steel wool.


stn3 Twenty juniors and seniors at Evanston Township High School (ETHS) embarked on a trial-run of our NCLT Introduction to Nanoscience module led by their experienced teacher Renee DeWald. These students engaged in the first activity, with polymers and sugar samples. Through this activity, DeWald's students experienced the different behaviors of macroscale objects as they get smaller in different ways.

Throughout the coming week, DeWald will lead her students through three more activities in this module. By the end of the week, this module will culminate in a design project where students apply the nanoscience concepts learned into a real-world nano-application.

Thus far, DeWald's students have provided our NCLT content developers positive feedback and critique. DeWald and her students are helping to improve the module for the next stage of field-testing. This fall, our revised module will go through the next phase of field-testing in 20 classrooms around the country.
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