[neact] Fwd: STEM Ed Announcement: Nanotechnology Summer Institute

  • From: "Barbara Lamont" <blamont@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: neact@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Mon, 03 Jan 2011 21:12:23 -0500

1.  Don't forget Dr. Henry Lee is speaking at the Western Division
Meeting! ? 

Saturday, January 8, 2011 at 9:30am
Notre Dame Catholic High School, Fairfield, CT   
RSVP  DeSimone@xxxxxxxxxxxxx

2.  Forwarded message of an interesting opportunity:
----- Original Message -----

This is a UMass Amherst STEM Ed Institute Program

"       Monday to Friday, July 11 - July 15 at UMass Amherst 
"       Funded by the National Science Foundation
"       Sponsored by the STEM Education Institute and the Center for
        Hierarchical Manufacturing 
"       Middle and High School Science, Math, and Technology Teachers 
"       $75/day stipends ($375 total), materials, parking, lunches 
"       Housing (new air conditioned dorms) those outside the
        commuting radius
"       3 graduate credits available at reduced cost; free PDP's
        (Professional Development Points) 
"       Ongoing partnerships with UMass Faculty

Nanotechnology deals with materials on the scale of nanometers. A nanometer
is one-millionth of a millimeter, or about 10 atomic diameters. Such
materials can have surprising and useful behaviors and properties.
Applications of this rapidly growing field include regenerative medicine,
fabrics and construction materials of unprecedented strength, ultra-high
performance computers and data storage, more efficient solar photovoltaic
cells, and much more. Activity in this field cuts across the traditional
disciplinary boundaries, and involves chemistry, physics, biology, and

The UMass Nanotechnology Summer Institute will explore the basic science
engineering concepts of this exciting new field, and will illustrate how
they may be integrated into the usual math, science and technology courses
in middle schools and high schools. The content and pedagogy will be
with the Massachusetts Science and Technology/Engineering Framework.
During the institute, participants will begin to develop curriculum units
for their own classes. They will complete and implement these in the fall
and report on their progress and results online.  Three graduate credits
will be available for the institute and curriculum unit; the cost will be
$300 plus a $45 registration fee. PDP's will be available at no cost.

Application process: An application form and additional information are
available at www.umassk12.net/nano. Teachers should also prepare a
statement of how they intend to use the institute materials in their
classroom, and include in their application package a recent resume and a
letter of support from their school principal or superintendent. The
application package can be submitted by email, fax, or US mail.
are due April 1, 2011. Late applications will be accepted on a space
available basis.

STEM Ed Institute: www.umassk12.net/stem, 
          413-545-0734, fax: 413-545-3697
Center for Hierarchical Manufacturing: www.umass.edu/chm

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