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Cheng, Ping-Han; Yang, Ya-Ting Carolyn; Chang, Shih-Hui Gilbert; Kuo, Fan-Ray Revon – IEEE Transactions on Education, 2016
In recent years, many universities have opened courses to increase students' knowledge in the field of nanotechnology. These have been shown to increase students' knowledge of nanotechnology, but beyond this, advanced and applied nanotechnology courses should also focus on learning motivation and scientific enquiry abilities to equip students to…
Descriptors: Learning Motivation, Scientific Methodology, Handheld Devices, Electronic Learning
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Russo, D.; Fagan, R. D.; Hesjedal, T. – IEEE Transactions on Education, 2011
The University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON, Canada, is home to North America's first undergraduate program in nanotechnology. As part of the Nanotechnology Engineering degree program, a scanning probe microscopy (SPM)-based laboratory has been developed for students in their fourth year. The one-term laboratory course "Nanoprobing and…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Engineering, Foreign Countries, Laboratory Experiments
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Jean, Ming-Der; Jiang, Ji-Bin; Chien, Jia-Yi – European Journal of Engineering Education, 2017
The purpose of this study was to construct the indicators of professional competencies of the nanotechnology-based sputtering system industry based on industry requirements and analyse the core competencies of the industry for promoting the human resource of physical vapour deposition technology. The document analysis, expert interview, and Delphi…
Descriptors: Competence, Engineering Education, Delphi Technique, Foreign Countries
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Yolcua, Haci Hasan; Dyehouse, Melissa A. – International Journal of Progressive Education, 2018
Nanotechnology will be among the most needed workforce areas in the near future. It is also a creative and highly dynamic field of innovative research areas that displays numerous open fields for future graduates. The central thesis of this paper is to better understand undergraduate engineering students' awareness, exposure, and motivation…
Descriptors: Majors (Students), Student Attitudes, Engineering Education, Undergraduate Students
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Lakin, Joni M.; Han, Yi; Davis, Edward – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2016
The "Grand Challenges" for Engineering are an effort to portray engineering as a field that has profound impacts on society. This study explores the level of interest first-year engineering students had in various "Grand Challenges" and in nanotechnology topics. We administered a survey to a large sample of students enrolled in…
Descriptors: College Freshmen, Molecular Structure, Technology, Interdisciplinary Approach
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Ortiz-Rodriguez, Estanislao; Vazquez-Arenas, Jorge; Ricardez-Sandoval, Luis A. – Chemical Engineering Education, 2010
An overview of a course on modeling and simulation offered at the Nanotechnology Engineering undergraduate program at the University of Waterloo. The motivation for having this course in the undergraduate nanotechnology curriculum, the course structure, and its learning objectives are discussed. Further, one of the computational laboratories…
Descriptors: Course Content, Laboratories, Undergraduate Students, Universities
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Gardner, Grant; Jones, Gail; Taylor, Amy; Forrester, Jennifer; Robertson, Laura – International Journal of Science Education, 2010
Scientific literacy as a goal of a science education reform remains an important discourse in the research literature and is a key component of students' understanding and acceptance of emergent technologies like nanotechnology. This manuscript focuses on undergraduate engineering students' perceptions of the risks and benefits posed by…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Risk, Scientific Literacy, Engineering Education
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Burgin, Stephen R.; Sadler, Troy D. – Science Teacher, 2013
This article describes summer programs that allow high school students to participate in an "authentic scientific research experience" (ASRE). These summer programs are specifically designed to embed students in working laboratories and research groups. Summer ASRE programs for secondary learners range in length from a couple of weeks to…
Descriptors: High School Students, Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Student Motivation
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Duncan, Kimberly A.; Johnson, Chris; McElhinny, Kyle; Ng, Steve; Cadwell, Katie D.; Zenner Petersen, Greta M.; Johnson, Angela; Horoszewski, Dana; Gentry, Ken; Lisensky, George; Crone, Wendy C. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2010
Nanoscale science and engineering (NSE) and nanotechnology are emerging fields that have captured the attention of scientists and engineers, as well as mainstream media. However, the general public is relatively unaware of NSE, and schools (both K-12 and undergraduate institutions) rarely include nanotechnology as part of their curriculum. To help…
Descriptors: Scientific Literacy, Technology, Interdisciplinary Approach, Art Products
Atkinson, Robert D.; Mayo, Merrilea – Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, 2010
Is the United States getting it wrong when it comes to educating tomorrow's innovators in critical fields? It has been known for years that the only way to compete globally in information technology, engineering, nanotechnology, robotics and other fields is to give students the best educational opportunities possible. But do individuals have a…
Descriptors: Educational Opportunities, STEM Education, Educational Innovation, Economic Progress
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Hudson-Smith, Natalie V.; Cahill, Meghan S.; Klein, Nathan D.; Krause, Miriam O.P.; Haynes, Christy L. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2019
Although nanotechnology lessons are increasingly integrated into curricula, students still face significant challenges in understanding the characterization techniques used to investigate nanotechnology. Many characterization techniques, such as transmission electron microscopy (TEM), are prohibitively expensive for primarily undergraduate…
Descriptors: Hands on Science, Chemistry, Technology, Molecular Structure
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Jiao, Lihong; Barakat, Nael – Journal of Educational Technology Systems, 2012
The field of nanotechnology has outgrown the discovery phase into the application and even commercial production phases. Consequently, the need for a workforce capable of supporting this growth is more than ever. However, because of the different challenges associated with nanotechnology education, specific courses are required to be developed and…
Descriptors: Engineering Education, Engineering, Curriculum Development, Course Descriptions
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Gardner, Grant E.; Jones, M. Gail; Albe, Virginie; Blonder, Ron; Laherto, Antti; Macher, Daniel; Paechter, Manuela – Research in Science Education, 2017
Recent efforts in the science education community have highlighted the need to integrate research and theory from science communication research into more general science education scholarship. These synthesized research perspectives are relatively novel but serve an important need to better understand the impacts that the advent of rapidly…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Comparative Education, Postsecondary Education, STEM Education
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Roberts, Amanda S. – Technology and Engineering Teacher, 2011
The concept of nanotechnology was first introduced in 1959 by Richard Feynman at a meeting of the American Physical Society. Nanotechnology opens the door to an exciting new science/technology/engineering field. The possibilities for the uses of this technology should inspire the imagination to think big. Many are already pursuing such feats…
Descriptors: Water Quality, Medical Research, Cancer, Energy
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Shabani, R.; Massi, L.; Zhai, L.; Seal, S.; Cho, H. J. – European Journal of Engineering Education, 2011
In order to address the challenges and restrictions given by a traditional classroom lecture environment, the top-down and bottom-up nanotechnology teaching modules were developed, implemented and evaluated. Then based on the hypothesis that instructors could further develop students' interest in this emerging area through the introduction of the…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Study, Engineering, Lecture Method, Higher Education
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