Jim coordinates the education and outreach program for the NBIC which is an NSF-funded NSEC. Programs at the center include: NanoDay@Penn (the last Wednesday of October since 2003), a teacher summer research collaborative with Drexel University (RET-nano), a summer undergraduate research program, and most recently, ITEST-nano. Information about all these program is accessible from the website.
McGonigle has over 20 years experience in both formal and informal science education at all grade levels. He has a Masters of Science in Biology and a B.S. Ed in Biology. Since leaving the high school classroom in 1987, he has spent most of his career directing education programs for museums and science centers in the area of curriculum and teacher professional development (mostly in water quality and aquatic ecology). He has worked closely with school districts to help them align programs with local, state, and national standards for science education.
Most of his career has been spent at informal science education facilities like science centers, museums, and research laboratories working as an education director for over 17 years in many of these facilities. As education director, he supervised staff, managed department budgets, developed curricula and products for a national market, developed traveling and permanent exhibits (as a content specialist), and directly taught classes for teacher in-service programs. He is also a part-time instructor at Penn in the Teacher Education Program in the Graduate School of Education where he teaches science teaching methods.
Nanoscale phenomena, Technology tools and applications, Environment, Societal implications, Consumer products, Envisioning the future