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2011 INNOVATION Workshop Presentations & Reading Assignments 

2011 Workshop Agenda (pdf) | 2011 Presenter Bios (doc)

Friday Session:
Nanotechnology Introduction (Nathan Swami)
Sat. Presentation 1:
“Nano is Everywhere” Lisa Friedersdorf, PhD
Presentation 2: Teaching Nanoscale Behavior through Simple Demos (Jerry Floro)
     UVA NanoDemo Guide (Jerry Floro)
Presentation 3: Nanotechnology Lessons in Materials Science, Document  (Randy Applegate)
     Powerpoint Introduction to Nanotechnology for Grades 6-12
     NOTE: These four lessons cover more than 78 SOL areas; 36 SOLs have hands–on experiences
Presentation 4: Origins of Nanoscience – “Exotic” Molecules & Chemistry in Space (Brooks Pate)
     Further access to pdf and ppt materials from the Pate Lab:
     Lab website to check back about access to the Spectrometer in September, 2011:
Presentation 5: Aerogels – Nanostructured Material Properties & Applications (Pamela Norris)
Presentation 6: Symmetry, Fullerenes, Nanotechnology & Other Stuff (Harry Dorn)
Presentation 7: Light Scribe – The Photolithography of Semiconductors (Eileen Malick) - LINKS COMING!

Reading 1: What is Nanotechnology? (Source: NNIN)
Reading 2: Integrating Nano into Virginia SOLs (Source: MSIC)
Reading 3: RET: Teacher Participation Impacts (Source: Science Magazine, 10/16/09)
Reading 4: Why So Few Women in STEM Summary for Teachers (Primary Source: AAUW)
Reading 5: 25 Years of C60: Impact of the Discovery of Fullerene (Source: Nature Nanotechnology, 10/2010)
Reading 6: 'Cornell Dots' Light Up Cancer Cells, Go to Clinical Trials (Source: Chronicle Online, 01/31/11)

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2010 INNOVATION Workshop Reading Assignments & Presentations  

Presentation 1: Lisa Friedersdorf, PhD (Managing Director of UVA NanoStar Institute): “Nano: Why Size Matters”
Presentation 2: David R. (Bill) Rhyne (Math Science Innovation Center Department Head for Secondary Math & Science): "Integrating Nanotechnology in the Curriculum"
Presentation 3: Ritu Linhart (UVA Summer 2009 RET participant): Hands-On Demo “Teaching the Nanoscale”
Presentation 4: Eric Loth, PhD (Professor & Associate Chair of Aerospace Engineering): “Ultra-hydrophobicity – Creating the Ultimate Water Slides”
Presentation 5: Nancy Healy, National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network (NNIN) Education Coordinator & Joyce Palmer, NNIN Assistant Education Coordinator: “Nanotechnology & Its Impact on Your Future” (an introductory presentation for use in middle and high school classrooms)
Presentation 6:
Ritu Linhart: “Incorporating Nanotechnology in the Classroom”
Presentation 7: Joanna Curran, PhD (Assistant Professor Environmental and Water Resources Engineering), “River Engineering”

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NanoDays: Lessons for Nano Demos  

UVA NanoDays 2011 to be held on March 19: UVA-NanoDays-Flier (pdf)
NanoDays at UVA is part of a national initiative to share nanotechnology with the wider public. Each year, UVA hosts this event, which is completely open to the public and encourages teachers, students, and families to come and experience demos, hands-on activities, tours, and a chance to meet graduate students and faculty to inspire and educate.

NISENET.ORG has full information about NanoDays, including requesting a full kit for your home district and many teaching resources. All of the following pdf files are taken from their K-12 Teacher Resources area of the web site.

NanoDays Lessons and Teaching Materials are now easily accessible online!!! You may download a complete teaching kit, or pick and choose the lessons you wish to use, here:

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Nano Links and Teaching Materials of Interest for K-12 Educators  

Teach Engineering Resources for K-12:
An excellent resource for teaching science, math, and engineering concepts. Lessons and materials posted on this site are peer-reviewed by experts in the field, so content can be trusted and serves as an excellent place to submit your own innovative work to be published! Work published to this site should be added to your Resume/CV. Lessons on the site are connected to real world experiences and are mapped to curricular content taught in K-12 classrooms.

National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network (NNIN): Education Portal
NNIN: download their complete list of Classroom Support Materials
NNIN: for Elementary Teachers, check out Nanooze (“nan-news”).

National Science Foundation Educational Resources for Teachers, arranged by subject area and then each subject page is full of links to free resources.

University of Wisconsin (UW-MRSEC) Teaching Modules: Exploring the Nanoworld
U. Wisconsin’s Institute for Chemical Education: Order teaching kits on many topics
Microexplorers Blog of U.W. RET participant Troy Dassler, a first-grade bilingual teacher and winner one of a NSTA's Toyota TAPESTY grant.

Cornell Center for Materials Research (CCMR): Educational Portal
CCMR Lending Library of Experiments, labeled by topic, field, & grade level, K-12. Note: you can download all materials online, or request Kits which contain the materials (shipping time: 2 weeks)

Columbia University Summer Research Program (CUSRP): K12 Science Education Resources
CUSRP: Sciences, broken down into helpful categories: General | Aerospace & Astronomy | Biology & Genetics | Chemistry | Earth Science | Health & Medicine | Oceanography | Weather

NanoED Resource Portal: Nanoconcepts and simulations, lessons, kits, and other teaching materials. NanoED is brought to you by the National Center for Learning and Teaching in Nanoscale Science and Engineering

Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network (NISE Net): A national community of researchers and informal science educators dedicated to fostering public awareness, engagement, and understanding of nanoscale science, engineering, and technology.

Virginia Math Science Innovation Center: Education Portal

Ultra-hydrophibicity Video Links from INNOVATION Presenter Eric Loth, Professor and Associate Chair of Aerospace Engineering

UVA nanoSTAR Institute, Website of Presenter Lisa Friedersdorf, Managing Director of nanoSTAR

UVA Virtual Lab, Additional resources are available from the creator of UVA Virtual Lab, John Bean

Additional Links to Explore

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Art, Music, Sculpture and NANO  

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Annotated Bibliography  

Big Ideas of Nanoscale Engineering (2009) by Shawn Stevens, LeeAnn Sutherland, and Joseph Krajcik. ISBN 978-1935155072.
The big ideas, developed by the National Science Foundation, are Size and Scale, Structure of Matter, Forces and Interactions, Quantum Effects, Size-Dependent Properties, Self-Assembly, Tools and Instrumentation, Models and Simulations, and Science, Technology, and Society. The book covers: Integrating NSE into the Science Curriculum. In this section, the chapters are broken down into the nine big ideas, and each has learning goals for that big idea and how these learning goals can be used to develop a coherent curriculum.

Nanoscale Science (2007) by Jones; Falvo;Taylor;Broadwell. ISBN 978-1933531052.
Using guided inquiry with open-ended exploration where possible, the book’s 20 investigations teach students about the unique properties and behavior of materials at the nanoscale one-billionth of the size of a meter. The activities are organized around five themes: size and scale, tools and techniques, unique properties and behaviors, nanotechnology applications, and societal implications. Target: middle and high school students.

Nanotechnology for Dummies (2005) by Richard D. Booker and Mr. Earl Boysen. ISBN 978-0764583681
The author notes: How do we communicate this technology’s importance and potential applications to the business leader, venture capitalist, investor, or entrepreneur to make it widely available in every day uses? This book does just that by identifying needs and separating science fiction from science fact – laying out realistic expectations not only in applications but timeframe as well. We identify three industries, materials, computers, and healthcare that will be greatly affected by nanotechnology.

No Small Matter: Science on the Nanoscale (2009) by Felice C. Frankel and George M. Whitesides.ISBN978-0674035669.
Reorienting our eye to the nanoscale is No Small Matter. This coffee-table book juxtaposes images and ideas to encapsulate the significance of size and shape...Exploring where art meets science, the authors search for promising paths to make small-scale science more intuitive.

Soft Machines: Nanotechnology and Life(2008) by Richard AL Jones. ISBN 978-0199226627.
Soft Machines explains in a lively and very accessible manner why the nanoworld is so different to the macro-world which we are all familiar with. By exploring the likely relationship between nanotechnology and nature itself, we can gain a much clearer notion of what dangers this powerful technology may pose, as well as come to realize that nanotechnology will have more in common with biology than with conventional engineering.

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