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Girls Weekend: Engineering at U. Kansas with SWE

SWEThe SWE Weekend of Engineering is a fun weekend of exploration for high school women held each fall and spring semester and sponsored by the Society of Women Engineers. The program, which begins on a Saturday morning and ends on a Sunday afternoon, is an opportunity to learn about engineering as well as get a taste for college life KU Style. The 2010 Spring program will be held March 6-7. Application deadline: Feb. 22

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Website: Nanotechnology Resources

This Website from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst lists a number of helpful web-based resources on nanotechnology, listed in connection with their 2010 teachers’ Nanotechnology Summer Institute, held at the university June 28 – July 2.

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Video: Nanosphere. DragonflyTV. Grades 3-6

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Be sure to check Nanosphere, part of the DragonflyTV website, with programs designed for students in grades 3-6. As is true for other sections of the site, Nanosphere includes videos and programs, profiles of sciences, quizzes and puzzles, and discussion of nano topics.

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NISE Net Nanotech Classroom Materials

nanodays_exThe Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network (NISE Net), which creates activities and materials for its NanoDays programs, has a web page devoted to providing K-12 teachers with valuable tools for teaching nanoscience in the classroom. The web page features links to introductory materials, activity packages from NISE Net, tools for professional development of teachers, college-level lectures and curriculum, and publications about teaching nanotech.

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Website: Nanotechnology Resources

The TryNano.org website for students, parents, teachers, and school counselors, aims to help young people understand basic issues of the discipline and to offer insight into the nanotechnology industry and nanotechnology careers. Users can learn about nanomaterials and applications of nanotechnology; find profiles of companies and universities that apply nanotechnology to products and processes; explore links to university nanotechnology programs, and find lesson plans for the classroom.

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Website: Picturing the Very Small

Check out the beautiful nanotechnology images from Viz Lab Image Collection of the NISE (Nanoscale Informal Science Education) Network.

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Feature: Nano in the Classroom

Nanotechnology is increasingly important, but it can be a challenge for students to grasp. Luckily, a growing number of science museums and websites offer guidance. Start with a simple concept, experts say. For instance, how fast does a fingernail grow? One nanometer per second. And, make it fun.

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Lesson: Nano Waterproofing

This “Nano Waterproofing” lesson explores how materials can be modified at the nano scale to provide features such as waterproofing and stain resistance. Student teams develop their own waterproofing technique for a cotton fabric and test their design against a fabric that has been altered through nanotechnology applications.

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Podcasts: A Moment of Science

What do bicycles, footballs, and space shuttles have in common? Can you really learn while you are asleep? Why do some birds hop and others walk? And why do guys tend to enjoy video games more than women? These are just a few of the questions explored in the 2-minute audio and video podcasts of the science program A Moment of Science, produced at Indiana University, Bloomington, in cooperation with IU’s scientific community, and other scientists.

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