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NanoDays 2012 kits awarded

Catherine McCarthy

Regional hub leaders are contacting NanoDays physical kit applicants individually regarding awards.  As always, making decisions was a difficult process with only 225 physical kits to award.  We encourage all those who were not awarded a physical kit to utilize the digital materials in their ongoing education efforts.  The new digital kit will be posted here by January 15th: http://www.nisenet.org/nanodays-2011-...

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Compelling Need for Nano Education

Larry Bell

Day 2 of the Nanoscale Science and Engineering Grantee Conference in DC on December 6 had a signficant focus on education.  As a discussant following one of the panels, Bob Chang, Director of the Nanotechnology Center for Learning and Teaching, made a compelling presentation on the need for nano education.  He started by citing three of the major global challenges of the next 30 years and continued to the hope that the presence of engineering in the new science education framework, which will guide the development of new standards, will open up opportunities to engage students in ways that...

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NanoDays 2012 kit application deadline is December 8th

Catherine McCarthy

The deadline for applying for NanoDays physical kits is Thursday, December 8th!  Similar to past years, we expect to reeive many more applications than kits, and once again this will be a competitive process. If your organization is not awarded a kit, we will have all the materials available online for download.

For more about who is eligible to aply, and how to apply, please visit: http://www.nisenet.org/blog/post/nanodays-2012-physical-kit-applications-now-available...

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Partner Highlight: Las Cruces Museum of Natural History

Tim Hecox

Located within a public school system where 73% of the students are Hispanic, the Las Cruces Museum of Natural History (LCMNH) in Las Cruces, New Mexico strives to find new and successful ways to reach their vastly diverse and often underserved audiences. In collaboration with Scientifically Connected Communities (SC2) at New Mexico State University, the LCMNH received a NISE Network...

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NanoDays Highlights: Nanoscientists Attack!

Vrylena Olney

Looking for ideas for NanoDays 2012? I'll be highlighting some examples of NanoDays activities from the 2011 NanoDays reports in the NISE Net blog over the next few weeks.

A number of partners last year included science theater in their NanoDays offerings, with many adding the 10-minute Attack of the Nanoscientist play to their lineup:

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NanoDays Highlights: Involving Industry

Vrylena Olney

Looking for ideas for NanoDays 2012? I'll be highlighting some examples of NanoDays activities from the 2011 NanoDays reports in the NISE Net blog over the next few weeks. I encourage you to get in touch with the partners listed to learn more about their work, or to contact your regional hub leader for additional ideas and support.

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NanoDays 2012 Physical Kit Applications Now Available

Catherine McCarthy

Apply now for NanoDays 2012 physical kits!

March 24 through April 1, 2012 is NanoDays, a week of community-based educational outreach events to raise public awareness of nanoscale science, technology and engineering throughout the United States. NanoDays kits are currently in production and will be ready for distribution in early January 2012. From October 1 through December 8, 2011 we invite you to fill out an online application for a physical kit containing all of the materials and resources you need to start planning your community events.

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