Materials World Modules

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MUSEUM--Museum of Science in Boston Hosts Nano Education Developers Workshop, Boston, MA (Nov 2006)

The Museum of Science in Boston held its sixth annual Nano Education Developers' Day and Nanotech 2006: A Symposium for Educators on November 6 and 7, 2006. NCLT Center Director, RPH Chang was asked to give a presentation entitled "Introducing NanoConcepts into Science and Engineering Courses". The associated PowerPoint slides are available by clicking on the link above. During the course of his talk, Chang briefly introduced the NCLT and how it strives to incorporate nanoconcepts at the pre-college and college levels. He also discussed the "cascade" approach to teaching these concepts and how the Center's use of the NanoEd Resource Portal and Cyberinfrastructure will enhance learning and collaborative opportunities for students.

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Teachers in the Manipulating Light in the Nanoworld workshop use their home-made spectroscope (from blank CD discs) to examine light emission from fluorescent quantum dots (composed of nanocrystals suspended in a liquid solution), as well as other common, household light sources.

Carol Lynn Alpert of the Museum of Science congratulated Chang on the "huge contribution [he] made to the conversation...about strategy and approach to integrating nanoscience concepts into school curricula". She also noted that other attendees were "impressed with the way [Chang] had analyzed the key concepts and broken them down into learning objectives".

NCLT curriculum developer Matthew Hsu also attended the Symposium and conducted nanoscience demonstrations with Ken Turner (Chemistry, Schaumburg High School) and Diane Riendeau (Physics, Deerfield High School) during the workshop sessions. These demonstrations are indicative of those being developed by the Center for use in 7th through 12th Grade classrooms.

The Museum of Science was founded in 1830 and, in 1951, became the first to embrace all the sciences under one roof. It remains on the cutting edge of science education by developing innovative, interactive exhibits and programs that both entertain and educate. More than 1.6 million people visit the Museum and its 400-plus informal science education exhibits each year.

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Ken Turner goes over the procedures to begin the first activity of the Introduction to the Nanoscale workshop. The activity was designed to engage students to explore how different forms (size and shape) of the same substance can behave differently.

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Teachers work together to decide on the placement of a series of "mystery" pictures according to their correct order and size scale, spanning from nano to planetary scales (10 -9 m to 10 9 m).

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Teachers compare the difference in absorption rates of two different forms of a water-absorbing polymer.

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