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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
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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VanDorn, Daniel; Ravalli, Matthew T.; Small, Mary Margaret; Hillery, Barbara; Andreescu, Silvana – Journal of Chemical Education, 2011
There has been much interest in magnetite (Fe[subscript 3]O[subscript 4]) due to its utility in adsorbing high concentrations of arsenic in contaminated water. The magnetic properties of the material allow for simple dispersion and removal from an aqueous system. An inquiry-based laboratory has been developed that illustrates these unique…
Descriptors: College Science, Scientific Concepts, Science Curriculum, Science Instruction
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Hutchinson, Kelly; Bodner, George M.; Lynn, Bryan – Journal of Pre-College Engineering Education Research, 2011
Research has shown that an increase in students' interest in science and engineering can have a positive effect on their achievement (Baird, 1986; Eccles & Wigfield, 2002; French, Immekus & Oakes, 2005; Schiefele, Krapp, & Winteler, 1992; Schwartz Bloom & Haplin, 2003; Weinburgh, 1995). Whereas many NSF-funded programs in materials…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, High School Students, Student Interests, Scientific Concepts
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Gardner, Grant E.; Jones, M. Gail – American Biology Teacher, 2009
Nanoscale science and engineering are disciplines that examine the unique behaviors and properties of materials that emerge at the size range of 1 to 100 nanometers (a billionth of a meter). Nanobiotechnology is a sub-discipline of nanoscience that has arisen more recently. Nanobiotechnology is already impacting the fields of healthcare and…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Investigations, Public Health, Biomedicine
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Jacobberger, Robert M.; Machhi, Rushad; Wroblewski, Jennifer; Taylor, Ben; Gillian-Daniel, Anne Lynn; Arnold, Michael S. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2015
Graphene's unique combination of exceptional mechanical, electronic, and thermal properties makes this material a promising candidate to enable next-generation technologies in a wide range of fields, including electronics, energy, and medicine. However, educational activities involving graphene have been limited due to the high expense and…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Secondary School Science, High Schools, College Science
Cavanagh, Sean – Education Week, 2009
Some schools are crafting lessons with help from local universities and companies that work in nanoscience. That's the case at Ballston Spa High, located in an area of eastern New York known as Tech Valley, home to many technology firms and top-flight research institutions. By delving into nanotechnology, a specialized subject that is more…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Technology, High Schools, Students
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Sabulski, Charles P. – Tech Directions, 2004
Nanotechnology refers to the research and technology development at the atomic, molecular, or macromolecular levels, in the length scale of approximately 1-100 nanometer range, that provides a fundamental understanding of phenomena and materials at the nanoscale and creates and use structures, devices, and systems that have novel properties and…
Descriptors: Technology, Technological Advancement, Scientific Research, Research and Development