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Lesson: Explore the Nano in Sunblock

sunblockIn this quick, hands-on lesson, students in grades K-12 compare sunblock containing nanoparticles to those that do not and learn how nanoparticles are used to help block harmful rays from the sun.

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Teachers’ Summer: Nanotechnology at Stanford. July 18-22

Stanford University’s Center for Probing the Nanoscale (CPN) offers a one-week Summer Institute for Middle School Teachers. Daily sessions focus on content lectures and inquiry-based modules that explicitly address California’s 5-8th grade physical science content standards. Teachers will also receive a hands-on activity classroom kit with many fun activities that bring nanoscience into the classroom. Dates: July 18-22, 2011. Eligibility: Middle School teachers, grades 5-8. Stipend: $650, plus professional development units. Application deadline: May 1 , 2011.

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Students’ Summer: Science and Math in New Hampshire. July 5-29, 2010.

Project SmartProject SMART (Science and Mathematics Achievement through Research Training) is a 4-week Summer Institute at the University of New Hampshire, July 5-29, 2011, for talented high school students in grades 10 and 11. It challenges, educates, and motivates students in science and mathematics while acquainting them with the environment and resources of the University as a place for higher education and research. Cost: $3,000 for full four weeks, $2,500 without weekend stays.Applications accepted until all places are filled.

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Materials: NISE Net Nanotech Kit

nanodays_exNISE Net, which sponsors NanoDays (March 26 through April 3, 2011), offers teachers a free physical nanotechnology kit to support a local NanoDays event. The kits include hands-on activities, supplies, and resource and marketing materials. Apply online for a kit between October 20 and December 10, 2010.

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Event: NanoDays, March 26-April 3, 2011

Join the NISE network’s NanoDays 2011, a nationwide festival of educational programs about nanoscale science and engineering and its potential impact on the future, by hosting a day or a week of activities.

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Feature: Where an Interest in Snakes Can Lead

CobraThere aren’t too many high schoolers who carry out a chemistry experiment that might save lives. Samantha Piszkiewicz and Nicolai Doreng-Stearns, however, did just that. Leading a five-student team at Laguna Beach High School in California, they developed a synthetic antivenom for the treatment of poisonous snakebites.

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Event: NanoDays at Smithsonian’s Spark!Lab, March 27 – April 3, 2010


The Smithsonian’s Lemelson Center joins NISENET to present NanoDays 2010, Mar 27, – Apr 03, a nationwide festival of educational programs about nanoscale science and engineering and its potential impact on the future.

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Event: Nanodays at Museum of Life and Science, Durham, NC

nanodays_exJoin Museum staff and area scientists at the Museum of Life and Science, Durham, NC, March 27, as we celebrate NanoDays 2010: a day of hands-on programs and demonstrations about nanoscale science, engineering and technology. We will feature various science and technology related activities designed to excite, engage and educate people of all ages about the science of the very small.

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Event: Nanodays at Kidsquest, Bellevue, WA

KidsQuest Children’s Museum joins NanoDays, the nationwide celebration of nanoscale science. Visit between March 30th and April 11th for daily NanoActivities and view things on a microscopic scale, build a molecular model, create a heat sensor with nanocrystals and conduct other fun nanoscale science experiments.

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