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 January 15, 2008, 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 and how this technology might present new challenges to society.

This Web Seminar was the second of two related to the NanoScale Science Symposium that took place at the NSTA Area Conference on Science Education in Birmingham, Alabama. In this seminar the presenters talked about some of the applications of nanotechnology like sensors, labels, medical applications, and tracking and their potential benefits and risks to society. The Web Seminar was designed for educators of grades 6-12.

Thirty-eight (38) participants were present at the live Web Seminar in addition to the presenters and NSTA staff. Participating educators represented the states of Alaska, Illinois, Kansas, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, West Virginia and Wisconsin. Four participants attended from abroad: Australia, Colombia, Spain and the United Kingdom. Seminar participants received a one year subscription to one of NSTA’s SciGuides 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:

  • “(The Web Seminar was) really thought-provoking and cutting edge--lots
    of ideas for further learning or discussion.”

  • “I teach chemistry and I think that it is important for them (my students) to
    know about nanotechnology. This (Web Seminar) gave me insight into the
    nano world and has given me great ideas for activities/lessons (that) I can do
    in my class. Much of this would also apply to an environmental science class.”

  • “I was able to hear other's views of nanotechnology and it applications.
    The (Web) Seminar reinforces some of the concepts from the NanoScale
    Science book.

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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