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High School Nanoscience Program

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Project Introduction by Irene Swanson

Emerging in 2002, the High School Nanoscience Program is a joint effort of the California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI) and the NSF funded IGERT Materials Creation Training Program (MCTF). Working in collaboration, with the Science Project at Center X, nanoscience is successfully integrating into high school classes in LAUSD and the greater Los Angeles County. Rigorous nanoscience experiments, developed at UCLA, give high schools students hands-on opportunities with materials, methods and devices, including self-assembly, solar cells, photolithography, superhydrophobic surface, water filtration, and the toxicity of nanoscale systems compared to similar materials in bulk form. Engaging over two hundred high school teachers and noted science leaders this project is bringing the science and technology that shapes today’s world to the hands of today’s science educators and their students. 

Enjoy visiting the High School Nanoscience Program Website to learn more and locate classroom resources. Get involved with the Science project through Leadership Institutes, Inquiry Institutes, and Fostering Teacher Learning Communities.  The Science Project at UCLA Center X looks back and continues to look forward at these promising practices that propel science inquiry. Read more in this article.

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