NISE Network Blog
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.
We've already had snow in Boston, and the fall conference season is upon us, with some excellent opportunities for those interested in learning more about researcher - ISE partnership craft. First up on the schedule, the Association of Science-Technology Centers conference, which provides a splendid opportunity to get away to Fort Worth for Halloween (Oct 31 - Nov 3).
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!)
Six members of the NISE Net programs team and four members of the Center for Nanotechnology in Society presented tabletop and stage programs at the Pacific Science Center yesterday and at the S.Net conference today. Jamey Wetmore and Ira Bennet of the CNS at Arizona State University have incorporated the development of tabletop demos into a couple of their courses with the aim of helping students think about the societal implications of their research by having them talk with the public about it.