NSTA Press logo  Nanoscale Science: Activities for Grades 6-12
All web seminar participants use online tools that allow them to mark-up presenter's slides or share desktop applications in addition to engaging in chat with others online and answering poll questions

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
    engaging manner.”

Thanks to the participants and the presenters for the learning opportunity, the interactions, and a job well done!


For more information contact webseminars@nsta.org

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