The nanoSTAR Institute has engaged in outreach to schools, competitions, seminars, workshops, and teacher training programs to promote nanoscale science and engineering education. Several of these programs are described below:
- The nanoSTAR Institute has participated in the annual March NanoDays celebrations, a nationwide public outreach event organized by NISE, the Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network.
- The Center for Diversity in Engineering under the leadership of Carolyn Vallas has developed an INNOVATION Workshop to enhance science and math instruction in the Commonwealth of Virginia through the incorporation of nanotechnology and nanoscience concepts into K-12 classroom instruction. The center also has a NSF Research Experience for Teacher program and coordinates the placement of teachers in laboratories for the summer to conduct nanotechnology related research. Many recommended readings, reviews, presentations, and links to a vast array of resources can be found at INNOVATION Resources.
- With a National Science Foundation Nanoscience Undergraduate Education grant, John Bean, Keith Williams, Avik Ghosh, Lloyd Harriott, and Nathan Swami established a new undergraduate class at UVa and extensive online resources.
- The nanoSTAR Institute has engaged in outreach presentations and programs around the Commonwealth.
The CTE Resource Center supports career and technical and occupational-technical preparation programs by providing resources for curriculum development, program design, and implementation. The CTE Resource Center supplies products and services at no charge to public secondary career and technical programs throughout the state. Educators may request products and services online through the CTE Web site, via e-mail, in person, or by mail, telephone, or fax.
The Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network (NISE Net) is a national community of researchers and informal science educators dedicated to fostering public awareness, engagement, and understanding of nanoscale science, engineering, and technology.
Funded by the National Science Foundation through a five-year cooperative agreement, the Network supports a variety of activities designed to build the capacity of informal science institutions and research organizations to work together to engage the public in learning about nanoscale science, engineering, and technology.
Research institutions, museums and informal science organizations, and other individuals who are interested in communicating with the public about nanoscale research are welcomed and encouraged to join.