Photo from the NISE Net Annual Meeting by Emily Maletz Graphic Design At the NISE Net Annual Meeting last September, we asked participants about their favorite nano educational experiences. Many talked about how exciting it is when researchers connect with the public. Here are a few examples of favorite experiences:
Greta Zenner of the University of Wisconsin- Madison MRSEC recently adapted her Nano 101 presentation for a workshop with a group of about 50 seniors. The workshop attendees were members of PLATO (Participatory Learning and Teaching Organization), a University of Wisconsin-sponsored program of senior citizens who regularly meet for discussions and educational seminars/workshops.
I wrote about this in the February 2009 Nano Bite e-newsletter, but it didn't make it onto the Nano Bite blog until now.
The Da Vinci Science Center in Allentown, PA hosted two Senior Science Monday workshops last January using activities from the NanoDays kits and an adaptation of the introduction to nano presentation (here and here).
The NISE Net recently had our Annual Meeting in San Francisco, and we were joined by some of our partners from around the country.
If you weren't able to join us at the Association of Science Technology Centers Conference at the end of October, perhaps you can catch up with the NISE Network at the Materials Research Society Fall Meeting in Boston at the end of November. The MRS is playing a major role to bring the education and research communities together at their Fall 2009 Meeting, hosting hands-on activities, demonstrations, exhibits and topics for educating future materials scientists and engineers. (And a special thank you to Richard Souza for compiling all these activities for me!)