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K-12 Education Outreach Resources

If you have an Education Outreach Project for K-12 Nano Science Education send your information to us for publication: 

Your project will be listed alphabetically by state.  Please let us know if you have resources available for teachers to use in their classrooms or for teacher training workshops for nano science education in the schools.

This page was developed for teachers/students who are looking for education materials.    Our mission is to provide the links for excellent materials that could easily be incorporated into current science instructional materials.

The most complete compilation of resources has been published in our new book: Nanoscience Education, Workforce Training and K-12 Resources.  This education is so important that CRC Press, our publisher has released  Chapter 9, K-12 Resources for download as a preview with over 100 links that were active as of August 2010.  Rather than update this page, we offer the complete Chapter for educators and students.

National Nanotechnology Initiative Education Center

Materials and resources for teachers and students K-12 

Download PDF "Big Things from a Tiny World"

Explore Science one game at a time - middle school

"CSI: Web Adventures," a game based on the popular TV show "CSI," lets students gather forensic evidence to solve crimes. "MedMyst" lets students investigate infectious disease outbreaks. In "Reconstructors," students are challenged to solve mysteries about chemical substances that have both harmful and helpful effects. "N-squad" is another forensic game that focuses on the science behind alcohol abuse. "Cool Science Careers" allows students to experience what it is like to be a scientist by role-playing neuroscience-related careers and performing virtual experiments. 

NanoMission :: Learning Nanotechnology through Games

Welcome to NanoMission!

NanoMission™ is a cutting edge gaming experience which educates players about basic concepts in nanoscience through real world practical applications from microelectronics to drug delivery.


Whilst most young people are familiar with nanotechnology as a fantastic futuristic technology involving miniature robots, very few have a realistic understanding of nanotechnology, realise its impact on the world around them, or are genuinely stimulated about its possibilities. Coupled with declining numbers of physics, chemistry and engineering students, this is a major cause for concern.

Our aim is to inspire youngsters about the world of nanotechnology, potentially opening their eyes to choosing it as a career. Aimed at the gaming generations, NanoMission™ is an engaging learning experience which educates players about basic concepts in nanoscience through real world practical applications from microelectronics to drug delivery.

Through sponsorship, we aim to make the PC version of the game, including a ‘teachers’ version which contains lesson plans and online support, available free to schools and colleges throughout the world.

NanoMission Modules

NanoMedicine V2 Module :

This module enables you to get a better understanding of the processes involved in creating nanomedicine. You assume the role of a biomedical scientist aiming to cure cancer through observation and experimentation by building nanoscopic particles and measuring their effects on the patient at the cellular level.

NanoImaging Module :

Dr Neevil has created genetically modified algae which is manifesting in huge blooms turning lakes red, toxic and fatal to humans and animals. Your mission is to identify this micro-organism so in-order to develop a counter measure and save the world.

Learning Scale Module :

NanoMission scaling module enables you to visualise and understand the spatial relationships between objects at scales from the pico-meters through nano-meters all the way up to giga-meters. 

NanoMedicine V1 Module :

Join Dr Goodlove and Lisa in the demo of the first module, nanomedicine, select a suitable vehicle to deliver an anti cancer compound, and then navigate through the bloodstream to the site of the tumour, avoiding the body’s natural defence mechanisms

Surrounded by Science


Based on the 2010 National Research Council report, Surrounded by Science: Learning Science in Informal Environments, this video addresses the importance of science learning and how informal science settings--museums, after-school programs, science and technology centers, media enterprises, libraries, aquariums, zoos, and botanical gardens--are integral in the science learning experience.


Watch the Video at: 

Video: What is Nanoscience?

This provider now has 36 videos on YouTube.  You will also find new videos from the National Labs and Universities when you follow this link.

A more comprehensive video for teachers is from Cambridge University

"The Strange new world of nanoscience"

Winner Best short film at the Scinema Science film festival 2010.

Where and what is nano? How will it shape our future? Nanoscience is the study of phenomena and manipulation of materials at the nanoscale, where properties differ significantly from those at a larger scale. The strange world of nanoscience - it can take you into atoms and beyond the stars.




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UnderstandingNano Website Offers Lesson Plans for Educators

The Understandingnano website has posted 5 new nanotechnology lesson plans in time for the 2010-2011 school year. The site now offers lesson plans for both high school and middle school grade levels on three topics: Introduction to Nanotechnology, Nanotechnology in Medicine, and Environmental Nanotechnology. 

Each lesson plan includes a corresponding student handout and all plans are available for anybody to use. Interested educators and students can find these lesson plans at the following url: 

Earl Boysen, co-author of Nanotechnology For Dummies from Wiley  Publishing, began the UnderstandingNano website in 2007 to provide easy to understand explanations of nanotechnology concepts and applications to the general public. Since that time the site has attracted professional researchers in nanotechnology related fields, students, teachers, and others, who find the articles and data on the site useful and informative.


Nanotechnology For Dummies, 2nd edition

Earl Boysen and Nancy Muir Boysen

Wiley Publishing

ISBN: 978-0-470-89191-9


360 pages

August 2011

Recently Earl Boysen and Nancy Muir Boysen finished an all-new edition of this introductory guide on nanotechnology. They have completely rewritten the book to cover nanotechnology basics plus recent advances in the field. Drawing on their experience in writing easy to understand information about nano on their website,, the authors fashioned this entry in the popular For Dummies series for those who want to learn nanotechnology basics and beyond.

The book begins with an overview of the history of nanotechnology along with some basic definitions and concepts. It then looks at applications of nano in a variety of industries ranging from medicine to aerospace and defense.

The book looks at the many nanotechnology-enabled consumer products available on the market today, such as clothing, cosmetics, and sporting goods, and provides real-world examples of applications under development that could cause radical changes in how we age, communicate, and build things. The book also explores various ethical issues involving nanotechnology advances that could impact our healthcare system, environment, and global economy.

Desiree Dudley and Christine Peterson of the Foresight Institute wrote the foreword to the book, in which they state:

“Nanotechnology For Dummies, 2nd edition, guides the reader through a bright path of progress and possibility, on a road that will eventually lead to all that nanotechnology promises. This book also serves as an entrée into the basic concepts, achievements, problems, and prospects in this exciting field.”

The major sections of the book are:

Part I: Nanotechnology Basics

The chapters in Part I introduce you to nanotechnology: what it is, where it came from, and the people who made key discoveries to advance the science. We also include chapters about nano materials, techniques used in manipulating those materials, and tools that every nanotechnologist should have in his or her nanotoolkit.

Part II: Nano Applications

Nanotechnology is a science that has applications in almost every area of life, from health care to manufacturing, space travel to improving our environment. In Part II, we explore what’s being done, developed, or just imagined in various industries and settings.

Part III: Nanotechnology and People

Nanotechnology may be relevant to you in a few keys ways. In Part III, we explore the ethical, safety, and regulatory issues that may have an effect on how you interact with nanotechnology products or processes in your daily life. We also explore the educational and career opportunities you might want to take advantage of to become part of this fascinating field.

Part IV: Parts of Tens

There are many players in the field of nanotechnology and many resources. In the three chapters in Part IV, we offer an overview of ten great web sites related to nano, ten universities that are offering interesting nano programs, and ten research labs at the forefront of nanotechnology research and development.


The glossary puts all the nanotechnology terms we introduce in the book in one spot to give you a handy, alphabetical reference.


Gallery of Sample Videos for Educators

CytoViva has agreed to provide their gallery of video images for our University and K-12 educators.  We are pleased to partner with this excellent company to bring quality nanoscale images into the classrooms of the future as an important resource.  Not to be used for Commercial publishing. 


Arizona State University is home to the IN-VSEE project, which is a consortium of university and industry scientists and engineers, community college and high school science faculty and museum educators with a common vision of creating an interactive World Wide Web (WWW) site to develop a new educational thrust based on remote operation of advanced microscopes and nano-fabrication tools coupled to powerful surface characterization  methods. 

Preparing students for the work force in the imminent nanotechnology revolution, the IN-VSEE initiative is poised to be a trail blazer and a national model in the integration of research, education & outreach as well as in building a laboratory without walls through the World Wide Web.

A central theme that ties the modules together is that the structure, properties, processing, and performance parameters of a material are intimately linked at all levels of scale. The interactive IN-VSEE modules provide:


     Reinforcement of key concepts and fundamental principles that are taught in science, math and engineering curricula.

     Prospective users on the methodologies of experimental design and remote SPM instrumentation on the web.

     Students with a flavor of research. The modules will challenge and encourage potential users to formulate original experiments. 

A series of web-based educational modules follow this introductory page that center around a common theme of understanding and manipulation of our natural and man made material worlds. The module topics selected rely heavily on interactive, discovery-based learning activities to introduce or reinforce the user to not only key fundamental and applied material concepts within a material class or discipline but also among various material classes and disciplines over a wide range in length scale.

We are honored to present these modules as  Free resources for teachers and students around the world.

Our Special Thanks for this Resource to Professor B.L. Ramakrishna, Project Director, "Interactive NanoVisualization for Science and Engineering Education" project which includes:

Intro, Gallery, Modules, SPM live, Workshops, and Links at: 

Professor B. L. Ramakrisna is also the Director of Grades K-12 projects at ASU

2008- New curriculum posted for K-12 Science teachers.


Arizona- New Textbook

MEMS & Nanotechnology for Kids teaches students that "small is cool," while illustrating the potential of today's most exciting emerging technologies.

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., June 10, 2008 - Bourne Research LLC today announced that Fairfax County Middle School Science has selected the award-winning book, MEMS & Nanotechnology for Kids, to provide background knowledge on nanotechnology for their middle school students. Recipient of a 2008 IPPY Award for best juvenile/young adult non-fiction, the book was written to inspire kids age 11-14 about the possibilities of science and engineering.

"The book provides students with easy-to-understand text and many visuals that will help them understand the basic ideas pertaining to MEMS and nanotechnology," said Linda Peterson-Chin, Middle School Science Specialist for Fairfax County Public Schools.

MEMS & Nanotechnology for Kids provides an introduction to today's coolest technologies. The 32-page book explores what we can find at the micro- and nano-scale, and then takes a look at the most common MEMS (micro-electro-mechanical systems) devices and nanomaterials; readers learn how they work and why they're useful in all kinds of everyday products - from bikes to video games.

"The reaction to this book, from kids and adults alike, has been phenomenal," said Marlene Bourne, President & Principal Analyst of Bourne Research LLC and the book's author. "It's so much fun to hear readers say 'that's cool' and to know that this 'wow factor' is increasing their curiosity about next-generation science, technology and engineering."

MEMS & Nanotechnology for Kids (ISBN: 9780979550560; Price $24.95) is available online at; signed copies of the book are available for purchase from Bourne Research. For details about bulk discounts, please contact Bourne Research at 480-695-0521.

About the Author

Marlene Bourne is internationally recognized as one of the leading experts on MEMS (micro-electro-mechanical systems), and its convergence with nanotechnology. With nearly 15 years of expertise as an industry analyst, she has provided quotes about emerging technologies to many business and technical publications, including BusinessWeek, The Economist, Forbes, Investor's Business Daily, and the Wall Street Journal.

Marlene also produces and hosts a weekly talk radio show called The Bourne Report, which explores the latest in nanotechnology, MEMS and other emerging technologies. The program airs Sunday afternoons on Independent 1310 KXAM in Phoenix and streams live on the Internet to listeners across the US and around the world.

About Bourne Research

Bourne Research LLC is a trusted source of business and market intelligence for global leaders seeking strategic information on emerging technology trends and their business impact. For more information, please visit 


University of California-Berkeley

'Understanding Science' has been endorsed by the California Science Teacher's Association and the American Institute of Biological Sciences, and will be part of the next edition of a popular high school biology textbook, "Biology" (Prentice Hall), by Ken Miller and Joe Levine.

"Understanding Science" --

The Lawrence Hall of Science, University of California - Berkeley

Announcing two nanotechnology focused websites for students grades K-12. 


The Nanozone is designed for students ages 8 though 14 and explores the basics of nanotechology with interactive games, videos and comics.  The site also features interviews with scientists and teacher classroom materials for lessons on nanotechnology.


Nanotechnology: The Power of Small is for high school students and adults.  The Power of Small website focuses on the ethical questions surrounding the rapidly advancing field of nanotechnology.  The site features videos from a Fred Friendly panel where experts debate real life scenarios and an online forum where users can share their ideas and discuss hypothetical situations involving the application of nanotechnology.

Power of Small

Here in Nanotechnology: The Power of Small, you can visit an online forum to deliberate and share ideas, watch experts on a Fred Friendly Seminars panel struggle with real life dilemmas, view the outcome of Nanofutures, a series of deliberative democracy forums, visit a range of nanotechnology-related events at Science Centers around the country, or just gather information about this powerful new suite of technologies and the opportunities and challenges they present.

Lawrence Berkeley Labs

The University of California's Lawrence Berkeley National Lab is now offering high school teachers and students —with or without a science background— a series of free Saturday morning lectures and laboratory tours. Students and teachers will meet and talk with world-renowned UC Professors and Berkeley Lab scientists and graduate students, learning "about their research into the world of the ultra small and how it will affect our future."

San Francisco area

ChemSense visualizing chemistry

tools for investigating, visualizing an discussing chemistry in the classroom NSF funded for high school studnets. 

Software freely available for download:

SRI International is extending this work with a new site:

NanoSense, another NSF funded project to develop curriculum and test it in the San Francisco area with teachers in high school.


Their method uses the Understanding by Design curriculum development site at:

The Understanding by Design Exchange is a web site dedicated to the design of curriculum, assessment and instruction that leads students to deep understanding of content.

Based on the best-selling books by authors Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe, the website contains an electronic template for unit design and short tutorials and self-checks to guide curriculum designers. A searchable database of curriculum units created by educators from around the country allows you to download and adapt units for your classroom. Units posted to the database can be peer reviewed by subscribers and UBD experts. There is an interactive forum with an ask the authors section where questions can be posted to Grant and Jay, and links to additional resources of interest to educators. 

When Things Get Small

 This program teaches viewers about nanoscience - technology at one-millionth of a millimeter through an entertaining mix of science and humor. Produced for University of California Television (UCTV) by Not Too Serious Labs, it departs from the typical science-for-television fare by using illustrative concepts that include a stadium-sized bowl of peanuts, a magic tennis ball and shrinking elephants to describe the quest to create the world's smallest magnet.

For more information, see: 

Also visit:

California State Summer School for Mathematics and Science (COSMOS)

Designed specifically for talented and motivated high school students, the California State Summer School for Mathematics and Science (COSMOS) is a 4-week summer residential program for high school scholars with demonstrated interest and achievement in math and science.

The program is also open to exceptionally advanced and emotionally mature 8th graders capable of participating in a one-month program away from home. This intensive experience is intended to encourage the brightest and most promising young minds to continue their interest in these fields. Located on four University of California campuses (Davis, Irvine, Santa Cruz, and San Diego), COSMOS provides students with an unparalleled opportunity to work side-by-side with outstanding researchers and university faculty, covering topics that extend beyond the typical high school curriculum.

Below is a list of clusters being offered in 2009.

Logic, Cryptography and Number Theory: Reason and Riddles*

Engineering the Future: Autonomous Robots and Nanotechnology*

Under the Sea: Exploring Marine Organisms and Their World*

Everyday Chemistry: From Perfumes to Pollution*

Video Games: The Design of Fun from Concept to Code*

Chemistry and Mathematics: From Life to Thought*

Points in Space: Astronomy and Linear Algebra*

Marine Mammals and Oceanography: From Prey to Predators

Particle and Astrophysics: Investigations of the Minuscule to the Massive

Applications are now being accepted for our 2009 summer program!

But remember that the deadline to apply is March 15th, so don't miss out on your chance and apply today!


Molecular Exressions Science, Optics and You

Visit the Molecular Expressions website featuring their acclaimed photo galleries that explore the fascinating world of optical microscopy.  Go where no microscope has gone before at one of the Web's largest collections of color photographs taken through an optical microscope (commonly referred to as "photo-micro-graphs"). Visit the Photo Gallery for an introductory selection of images covering just about everything from beer and ice cream to integrated circuits and ceramic superconductors. These photographs are available for licensing to commercial, private, and non-profit institutions.

This site has been expanded with many visual tools for teachers/students.

Main page at: 


Scanning Electron Microscopy - We have teamed up with award-winning electron microscopist Dennis Kunkel to produce a virtual Scanning Electron Microscope (vSEM). Visitors can adjust the focus, contrast, and magnification of microscopic creatures viewed at thousands of times their actual size.

Interactive Java Tutorials for Teachers and Students from Florida State University

A Teacher's Resource for High School.

Teaching Nanotechnology in the High School Curriculum: A Teacher's Guide, has been provided by Ken Bowles, Apopka High School, Florida.  This guide was created under the RET program at UCF NANOPAC - 2004, and is a First Edition.  We hope this helps the many high school teachers who have been waiting for curriculum in Nano Scale Science. Download the PDF file:

Teaching Nanotechnology in the High School Curriculum.pdf

Calculus Animations,Graphics and Lecture Notes

  My name is Kelly Liakos I have been teaching Calculus for over 20 years and I am providing  animations, graphics and lecture notes that I have developed with the hope that perhaps you find them helpful in your understanding of Calculus. The topic pages are in alphabetical order and I'll be adding many more lectures and animations. If you have a special request on a topic where you would like to see graphics or an animation to help understand that topic let me know.  I can help on topics from PreCalculus through elementary differential equations.  The discussion of numerical integration techniques and numerical methods used in elementary differential equations are on the Computer lab page.  All Animations and graphics were developed using Mathcad. The lectures were also developed in Mathcad and saved as rich text format files or pdf files. 

New page contains an explanation of how to create the animations seen in

Too Small to See at Disney World

Too Small to See, a 5,000 square-foot interactive nanotechnology exhibition for all ages, opened at Innoventions at Epcot in November, 2006 and will be there through May 2007.  Developed by Cornell University with NSF support.  Too Small to See will travel around the Unitd States hosted by science museums and other venues.

Visit for details.


Educational Opportunities in Nanoscience + Nanotechnology @Georgia Tech

Georgia Tech takes a multidisciplinary approach to the study of nanoscience and nanotechnology, incorporating nanoscale research into a variety of courses through a specialized Nanoscience and Technology (NaST) Certificate program. All students at Georgia Tech can apply for the NaST Certificate, regardless of their major areas of study.

To satisfy the requirements of the Certificate, students complete at least four NaST courses for a total of at least twelve credit hours, with at least one course taken from a school outside their home colleges. In addition, students pursuing the NaST Certificate attend no fewer than seven Center for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology-NaST seminars per academic year. The NaST Certificate Program is a part of the Center for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology at Tech and works closely with the Georgia Tech Materials Council to achieve two goals: to encourage Tech students to broaden their science and engineering backgrounds, and to forge collaborative activities in nanoscience and nanotechnology across campus in order to advance Tech's efforts in nanoscience and nanotechnology research.

Tech has also established a graduate research fellowship program as a means of promoting research collaboration in nanosciences and nanotechnologies on campus. Awarded by Tech's NaST Executive Committee, the fellowship provides approximately $15,000 to each Tech NaST Graduate Fellow for a one-year period.

To learn more about Georgia Tech's NaST program, visit:

The NNIN at Georgia Tech

The National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network (NNIN) is an NSF sponsored partnership of thirteen user facilities located across the United States that provide an organized system of resource facilities that enable a variety of users to conduct research in nanoscale science and nanotechnology. A goal of the NNIN is to spread the benefits of nanotechnology to new disciplines, to educate a dynamic workforce in advanced technology, and to become a teaching resource in nanotechnology for people of all ages and educational backgrounds

NNIN has as its goals a wide variety of educational outreach that spans the spectrum of K-gray, i.e. school aged children through adult professionals.  Education and outreach components of the NNIN include network-wide programs to address needs at the national scale and more specific efforts for communities that are local to network sites.

The NNIN Education Portal features Nanooze, an online science magazine for upper elementary and middle school students ( ).  It is also available in Spanish and Portugese.  The education portal provides an introduction to nanotechnology, information on nano-products, and other articles. 

Resources for students, teachers, and other members of the community can be found at 

Student Videos 

Cleanroom Website At MiRC: 

NanoTech Webpage:

Programs Focus on Work Force for Nanotechnology

National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network educates teachers, students and the general public Atlanta (February 24, 2006) — Who will operate the nanotechnology factories of the future? Will th... View Release

Teacher Training Workshops for Nano Science are usually held monthly. 

One of Nano@Techs primary goals is our educational outreach program, so your attendance will be greatly appreciated.

To sign up for the workshop please e-mail:

This Georgia Tech website offers several camps and classes for teachers and students that you may find valuable.  Our office offers Nanotechnology Explorations for high school students and a Research Experience for Teachers


Results of the first two years of the program’s development for the NCLT website at Northwestern University.  The presentation explains how the Georgia Tech model for K-12 Nanotechnology Education Outreach has introduced Georgia students to real scientists and their research to motivate them to choose nanotechnology careers.   The presentation is available and can be downloaded or viewed in its entirety at:

K-12 Teacher Resources & Lessons:

Lesson plans are now available for use on the NNIN Education website. We are seeking teachers to field test them.   Interesting vignettes are available for self-study, as well as a link to the highly acclaimed Nanooze, nanotechnology magazine. 

Available in Spanish and Portuguese, this online publication provides games, current news and a link to scientists for motivation.  It is geared for upper elementary and middle school level. 

Student Videos 


Northwestern University - NCLT

Materials World Modules

A Materials World Module is a set of activities culminating in a design project that focuses on different topics in materials science. A module takes about one to three weeks of class time depending on the module, the activities that are used, and the scope of the design project. The modules can be used in two ways: An individual self-contained module can supplement high school and middle school science, math, and technology classes or all nine modules can be used together in a year-long science, technology, and society (STS) curriculum. The Department of Defense Education Activity is currently in the process of implementing MWM modules in an STS curriculum in overseas high schools.

There are essentially three parts to a module. The module begins by presenting a compelling introductory activity, or interest-grabber, that invites students to hypothesize about cause and effect. Then four to five hands-on, exploratory activities provide students with principles, ideas, and methods particular to the materials science topic under study. Students explore these activities while keeping in mind the final part of the module - the design project - in which they apply what they have learned to creating a functional prototype product.

Each of the modules in the MWM program covers a specific kind of material, such as polymeric or ceramic materials, and they all contain certain components or features that help teachers and students use the modules effectively in their classrooms. Learn about the features present in the Teacher Edition and the Student (Pupil) Edition.

Featured resources and nano courses- 7 lessons have been posted for grades 7-12 2008:

Illinois-Purdue University

Global Project currently includes lesson plans for grades 7-12

nanoHUB-Online simulations and more...

The nanoHUB is a web-based initiative spearheaded by the NSF-funded Network for Computational Nanotechnology (NCN). The NCN has a vision to pioneer the development of nanotechnology from science to manufacturing through innovative theory, exploratory simulation, and novel cyberinfrastructure.

The Network for Computational Nanotechnology is a network of universities that work together to define, develop, and support the nanoHUB. Collaborators and partners across the world have joined the NCN in this effort.

Join Us

Take a tour of the nanoHUB and see how you can use our infrastructure to further your own research and educational activities. Create your own account. It's free and will give you access to our online simulation tools, learning modules, and more.

Join now and check back often as development continues with another 5 yr grant.  License for use.


MIT adapts free online courses for high schools

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has created a new web site with free online resources that aim to improve science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) instruction at the high school level. "Highlights for High School," which builds on MIT's OpenCourseWare (OCW) initiative, is designed to inspire the next generation of engineers and scientists and to serve as a valuable tool for high school teachers. OCW publishes educational materials under an open license that encourages their reuse, redistribution, and modification for noncommercial purposes.

New secondary-school web site contains OpenCourseWare resources for teaching STEM disciplines

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Visit the new site:

Highlights for High School organizes thousands of MIT introductory course materials into a format that is more accessible for high school students and teachers. The site also features more than 2,600 video and audio clips, animations, lecture notes and assignments from actual MIT courses and aligns them to the Advanced Placement topics in Biology, Calculus and Physics.

Just one example of how Highlights is already making a difference: A teacher in Miami is using Biology materials to reach underachieving youth using video and other rich media to reach students who havenít been responding to more traditional classroom pedagogy.

How are you using the site?

We would love to hear from teachers, students and administrators how they are using the Highlights for High School website to enrich their teaching and learning. Please send us your feedback at

Watch the video: 

Science of Nanoscale Systems and their Device Applications NSEC Harvard University.  Visit their education pages for Outreach activities and events. 


New York

Cornell University Nano U program

The NBTC has many opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to pursue independent research and to participate in the K-12 educational programs of the NBTC.

NanoNetwork is the umbrella organization for all NBTC undergraduate and graduate programs. To find out more, visit the link below.

Cornell University Teacher tools

Nanobiotechnology Institute for Teachers (NIT)

Applications for the 2006 Institute will be online soon. Applications are due June 12, 2006 and decisions will be made shortly after. Applicants will receive their application status through email.

Cornell University For Kids Only

Elementary School

It's a Nano World Traveling Exhibit

Middle School

Science Clubs

  Tri-Sci Club for Girls

  Shea Middle School Science Club (coming soon)

  Onondaga Nation School Science Club (coming soon)

High School

Summer Internships in Nanobiotechnology

The Molecularium

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute presents the Molecularium™ show, Riding Snowflakes, a state-of-the-art, computer-generated planetarium show designed to spark young children’s interest in the atoms and molecules that constitute our world. Supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the show integrates advanced scientific simulations into an immersive educational animation. The Molecularium is part of the educational and outreach program of Rensselaer’s NSF-funded Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center (NSEC) for Directed Assembly of Nanostructures.

Visit the Molecularium Web site: 

Credit: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

North Carolina

University North Carolina, Chapel Hill

We are exploring ways for students to explore nanotechnology along side of scientists. Middle and high School students have used a special tool known as a nanoManipulator to explore properties of viruses.

The nM allows students to investigate nanometer-sized objects and receive visual and haptic (involving the sense of touch) feedback. In this research, students use the nM to investigate the role of multiple representations (visual or haptic) on the learning of scientific concepts of students with varying cognitive, affective, motivational, and sociological characteristics. It also examines the cognitive and affective outcomes on students’ perceptions of the nature of science and scientists.

New Book for Grades 5-12 from North Carolina State University

NanoScale Science: Exploring the World at the Smallest of Scales 

M Gail Jones

Michael R Falvo

Amy R Taylor

Bethany P Broadwell


Grades: 5 - 12

Stock Number: PB210X


Member Price: $19.96

Non-Member Price: $24.95


Futurists predict that nanotechnology will be the next major scientific revolution—one with an even greater impact than the Industrial Revolution. Help middle and high school students understand the big implications of tiny technology with NanoScale Science. 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: scale, tools and techniques, unique properties and behaviors, nanotechnology applications, and societal implications. All activities use readily available materials and provide clear background, instructions, and formative assessments. They also explore questions sure to engage both students and you, such as:

• Just how small is one in a billion?

• How might manipulating matter at the nanoscale lead to everything from stain-resistant fabrics to improved means to clean water to tumor-targeting nanoshells?

• And how will society change when we use nanolabels to track where people, animals, and materials move around the world?

For the first time in human history, we have the ability to manipulate and build materials from the atom up. NanoScale Science is one of the first instructional guides to this important subject. Use it as a fascinating supplement to studies of biology, physics, chemistry, math, and the environment.

About the Authors

All four authors of NanoScale Science have been active in developing effective ways to teach about nanotechnology.

M. Gail Jones is a professor of science education in the Department of Mathematics, Science, and Technology Education at North Carolina State University. Jones earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in biology from Appalachian State University and her Ph.D. in science education from NC State.

Michael R. Falvo is a research associate professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he developed and taught a nanoscience first-year seminar. Falvo received his bachelor’s degree in physics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and his master’s and doctoral degrees in physics from UNC.

Amy R. Taylor, who taught high school biology and environmental science for 10 years, is a research assistant and doctoral student at NC State. Taylor earned a bachelor's in science education/biology and master's in science education from East Carolina University.

Bethany Broadwell taught middle school science for three years and is a lecturer in science education at NC State. Broadwell earned a bachelor’s in middle school science education and a master’s of science education from NC State.

PDF file of Book Sample for download


Penn State University's Center for Nanotechnology Education and Utilization has a great video about "Careers in Nanofabrication" that you can view online or order a free copy.

View all their Nanotechnology Education programs and videos at 

Nano Camps are one of the most successful K-12 outreach programs at PSU

If you live in Pennsylvania, you might be able to attend a three-day summer “Nanotech Camp” for high school students from across Pennsylvania. These nanotech camps provide secondary school students with an orientation to basic nanofabrication processes and applications, and the opportunity to observe these same nanofabrication processes in the Penn State Nanofabrication Facility.

Check back for K-12 Outreach programs in development by

Robert K. Ehrmann, Director, Education and Outreach Services, CNEU and

Amy E. Brunner, Outreach/Research Associate, CNEU 

Dr. Ahklesh Lakhtakia

Professor of Engerineering Science & Mechanics

Earth-Engineering Sciences Bldg. - Penn State University

presented an Introduction to Nanotechnology

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The Center for Biological and Environmental Nanotechnology (CBEN) 

Located at Rice University has several educational outreach efforts, including middle school programs where students can build designer "kids" from the ground up with atoms, a high school program that focuses on teacher training, a program for undergraduates at Rice University, and a program for interested people from the community that is run through the School of Continuing Studies. 

K-12 Outreach programs- Education Overview

The goal of our educational outreach and human resource programs is to cultivate a future workforce experienced with using science and engineering at the nanoscale to solve problems in biological and environmental engineering. CBEN’s educational outreach activities are coordinated by Dr. John Hutchinson (, Director for Education and Dr. Carolyn Nichol (, Associate Director for Education.  CBEN faculty members and students contribute substantially to these programs. 


Nanotechnology Workforce Education

TEXAS NWDI Initative

The goal of the Texas Nanotechnology Workforce Development Initiative (NWDI) is to serve as a model for community colleges, universities, and nanotechnology companies to develop partnerships to produce the nanotechnicians, to supply the nanotechnology workforce necessary and to create and deploy the new class of services and products being created by the nanotechnology industry.  This program will also provide nanotechnology training for high school graduates who may not be able to afford a 4-year university education.

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Utah State University, led by Tapas Kar Ph.D. , Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry

Professor Tapas Kar has initiated the development of nano science education programs for K-12 schools in the state of Utah.  Joining the first Education Session at the S.P.I.E. Conference in San Diego, Professor Kar gave an outstanding presentation on the progress of his project which will be introduced in grade 12.

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"The "UVA Virtual Lab" is an NSF sponsored science education website bringing microelectronics, nanotechnology, and the underlying science to college and pre-college students, as well as members of the general public.  It replaces math and jargon with intuitive 3D animations.  Microelectronics presentations explain how semiconductors and transistors work, and how they are fabricated in both university labs and billion dollar factories.  Nanoscience presentations describe alternate forms of nanocarbon, the process of DNA self-assembly, and the inner workings of instruments used to see at the nanoscale (such as SEMs, AFMs and STMs).  These pages link back to basic science presentations on electricity, magnetism and electrical circuits, including "X-ray vision" simulations of common classroom experiments and apparatus. Overall, the website contains over fifty presentations on micro and nanoscience, each illustrated with dozens of virtual reality animations."

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"Hands-on to Introduction to Nanoscience" Class website

"Under NSF sponsorship, this class was developed to introduce early undergraduates to nanoscience and nanotechnology:  The theme? In nanoscience, Newton’s sensible laws are replaced by the weirdness of quantum mechanics.  The consequences? First, electrons begin to act like waves - but because all waves are similar, experiments with light and water waves offer insights into electron behavior.  Second, at the nanoscale one can no longer use light-image-based microfabrication to make things directly.  Instead one has to design the parts so they know how we want them to finally come together (the ultimate example of this self-assembly? DNA synthesis of protein).  And finally, to confirm that things worked the way we planned, we need new instrumentation to see things at the nanoscale (such as scanning tunneling and atomic force microscopes). The class website provides a full set of PowerPoint lecture notes covering these topics (including figures, animations, readings and lists of demonstration equipment).  It also includes full guides to student laboratory use of miniaturized STMs and AFMs. Both lectures and labs make use of 3D animations provided by the sister "UVA Virtual Lab" website focusing on microelectronics, nanotechnology, and their underlying science."

"Hands-on Introduction to Nanoscience" Class Website:

As a part of their "UVA Virtual Lab" and "Hands-on Nanoscience" curriculum development efforts, University of Virginia faculty are working with state public school teachers to develop K-12 nanoscience teaching resources.  This includes an ongoing effort to identify materials already posted on, or available through, the World Wide Web.  Their growing list, complete with descriptions and categorized by the type of teaching material,  can be viewed at:

Virtal Lab tools/experiments for teachers/students


University of Wisconsin, MRSEC

Professor Wendy Crone is the Director of the Interdisciplinary Education Group (IEG) for the UW-Madison Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC), they developed a theme titled: Exploring the Nanoworld.  Their strategy has been to develop high-quality educational materials on nanoscale science and engineering topics for broad dissemination in the form of kits, labs and activities; to produce in-depth high-visual content, instructional resources on the web; disseminate innovative instructional materials at conferences and workshops.  The Center’s dedication to outreach and science literacy is extended through its many partnerships with other individuals and organizations.

 The high-quality materials and products produced at the MRSEC undergo a series of assessment to measure their impact on participants.  These involve the front end assessment, formative assessment during development and ongoing summative assessments using both internal and external evaluators.  The tested materials have a high impact towards development of global science literacy and an educated citizenry due to their web-based dissemination. 

They also provide a five-week (RET) research experiences for teachers program for middle and high school grades.  The summer (REU) research experiences for undergraduates program is held for 10 weeks in partnership with the COE Diversity Affairs Office.  From 1994-2004: 289 participants, 64% have been underrepresented minorities, 44% were women.  Their Graduate Student Development program offers research abroad opportunities in the international program, mentoring of undergraduate researchers, professional development workshops, science communication and integration of research and teaching.

The Internships in Public Science Education (IPSE) collaborates with Milwaukee’s Discovery World Museum, provides professional development for interns from a wide range of disciplines, educates the public and students about nanotechnology, while providing a deeper understanding of scientific practices and connections among scientists, engineers and society.  They are also working in exhibit development for museums under the program.

The MRSEC has interacted with nearly 30,000 kids, adults and teachers since 2000 and they aren’t done yet.  Keep your eye on their websites for more kits, instructional materials and modules for the classrooms. 

The Chemistry Outreach Activities and the new project funded through    (NSEC/ICE) Institute for Chemistry Education for K-12 science are under the auspices of Professor John Moore.  The ICE website has modules for classroom experiments for junior high and high school chemistry which can be utilized by students and teachers alike.  Each demonstration has a movie and description of the experiment along with suggestions for materials.  The MRSEC continuously adds new modules to the site as teacher resources for nano science.  The ICE website also handles all the products developed by the MRSEC.

Janice Hall, Project Director of the recently funded NSEC to develop teaching materials for K-12 teachers online.   This course will offer high school teachers and other educators the opportunity to learn about nanoscience and nanotechnology, and to discover how they can be used to illustrate both old and new scientific concepts.  Ultimately, Nanoscience for Teachers seeks to provide educators with materials and information to teach nanoscience within their current curricula.  By the end of the course, teachers will have a working nanoscience module for use in their classrooms. 

Contribute Materials and Expertise:   Janice Hall has stated that they welcome new materials or expertise that you could contribute as the course is being developed.  Points of view from both science teachers and experts in the field are needed.  Please contact Janice Hall at, or John Moore at for further information.

The Institute for Chemical Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Department of Chemistry. To order Hands-on Activities, Curriculum and Fun Stuff

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