IGERT Second Annual Summer Nanoscience Academy
Texas high school science teachers and students participated in the Second Annual Summer Nanoscience Academy June 26-28 at the University of Texas at Austin. Hosted by the Atomic and Molecular Imaging IGERT and supported by the National Science Foundation, the free workshop provides a better understanding of nanoscience and the research taking place at UT Austin. A total of 18 students and 12 teachers participated in the lectures, lab tours, demonstrations and teachers' forum.
The June 26 program began with the following lectures:
Introduction to Nanoscience by Bill Lackowski; Growth of Semiconductor Crystals by Wyatt Winkenwerder, and; Challenges and Opportunities in Computational Nanoengineering by Gyeong Hwang. During lunch, IGERT Trainees answered questions about the University, their research and nano science in general. In the afternoon, David Vanden Bout and Keith Stevenson led a chemistry lab with assistance from IGERT Trainees. The group made gold nanoparticles and magnetic iron oxide particles and studied their optical properties. To act as catalysts for a couple of chemical reactions, they made copper particles.
The following day, Friday, the group toured the Petawatt Laser facility as well as the physics labs of Ken Shih, John Markert and Alex deLozanne. Participants also visited the NST building and enjoyed a TEM demonstration. The group traveled to Pickle Research Campus for a tour of the Texas Advanced Computing Center where they learned about Ranger and some of the work being done there. Sanjay Banerjee gave an overview of the research being done at the Micro Electronics Research Lab followed by tours of the cleanroom, imprint facilities and a demo of the TEM.
Saturday featured talks by Alex deLozanne on Magnetoresistance: A Nobel Prize in your Computer and Brian Korgel who gave a talk on why quantum mechanics matters when it comes to nanomaterials. Jack Turner and Karl Trappe entertained the academy with their Traveling Physics Circus.
After lunch, the teachers met with Rebecca Flagg Thompson, APS Public Outreach Specialist, for a teachers forum on nanoscience, where they were given resources on how to teach nanoscience, where they can find materials, and discussed the challenges high school teachers meet when trying to incorporate nanoscience into a set TEKS (Texas Essential Knowledge & Skills) curriculum.
The group hailed from all over Texas: Austin, Bandera, Tom Bean, Killeen, Eldorado, Waxahachie, Dallas, San Antonio, Garland and Brownsboro. Out-of-town participants stayed in Jester Dorm.
The academy was highlighted in the Daily Texan on June 27, 2008:
And a Daily Texan online video: http://www.dailytexanonline.com/
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