Teacher conference examines cutting-edge technologies (News@UWMadison)
The intersection among four major areas of science and technology and how to apply it K-12 classrooms will be the topic of a two-day conference beginning on Monday, Aug. 2.
Teachers at the conference will explore a concept called "converging technologies" -- the combination of nanotechnology, biotechnology, information technology and cognitive science -- as a unifying concept in teaching science. More here
Area high school students were introduced to the small, small world of nanotechnology this week during a special camp at Penn State Fayette The Eberly Campus.
According to David Meredith, a professor at the campus, the nanotechnology program has been offered at Penn State for two years, and the camp is new this year to let potential students know what it is, how it works, where it's applied and why it's the next and possibly greatest technological revolution. More here
Sounds simple enough, considering the spread of high-tech and biotech and nanotech. But there's more to building a dynamic work force than dictating more classes.
How about making sure that students get more from what they're already taking? More here
Class will present technical aspects alongside analysis of societal impacts
The Center for Biological and Environmental Nanotechnology at Rice University today announced the award of a $100,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to develop the first introductory nanotechnology class to be offered at Rice University, a research-intensive institution known worldwide for its excellence in nanotechnology research.
The course, titled "Nanotechnology: Content and Context," will be offered jointly by the departments of chemistry and anthropology this fall. The grant, awarded under NSF's Nanotechnology in Undergraduate Education program, allows Rice to join a small but growing number of schools offering undergraduate nanotech classes aimed at preparing students for a future in which nanotech is an integral part of the technology landscape. More here
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