Nanoscale Science: Activities for Grades 6-12
This Web Seminar, sponsored by NSTA Press, took place on December 18, 2007, from
6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Eastern Time. Presenting were the authors of the NSTA Press
publication NanoScale Science: Activities for Grades 6-12, Dr. Gail Jones, professor
of science education in the Department of Mathematics, Science, and Technology Education
at North Carolina State University, Dr. Michael Falvo, research associate professor
in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of North Carolina at
Chapel Hill, and Amy Taylor, research assistant and doctoral student at NC State.
The presenters talked about science at the nanoscale, its applications, and ideas
for classroom activities available in their book.
This web seminar was the first of two related to the NanoScale Science Symposium
that took place at the NSTA Area Conference on Science Education in Birmingham,
Alabama. The program focused on the NSTA Press book and its activities which are
organized around five themes: scale, tools and techniques, unique properties and
behaviors, nanotechnology applications, and societal implications. The Web seminar
was designed for educators of grades 6-12.
Forty-four (44) participants were present at the live Web Seminar in addition to
the presenter and NSTA staff. Participating educators represented the states of
Arizona, California, Connecticut, Florida, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Maryland,
Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio,
Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas, and Virginia. Four participants attended from
abroad: Haiti, the United Kingdom, Colombia, and Egypt. Seminar participants received
a one year subscription to one of NSTA’s SciGuide for completing the evaluation
form at the end of the program.
Here are some comments provided by the participants at the end of the Web Seminar:
- "Fascinating to find out that there are a million atoms in the body for every
star in the universe! Concepts like these are so very difficult for students
and adults alike.”
- “I plan to use some of the visuals to approach participants in my programs
with a different point of view. The Body/Universe comparison in particular.”
- “I appreciated the pictures that were simple but clear. I learned that atoms
are smaller than a nanometer and that the laws of motion are transitioning
at that level.”
- “The discussion on scale was most informative and presented in an
Thanks to the participants and the presenters for the learning opportunity, the
interactions, and a job well done!
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