The NISE Net runs a series of online brown-bag conversations focused on helping partners share their work and learn from others in the Network. The aim of the online brown-bag conversations is to increase the number of professional development opportunities available to our partners, create more channels for Network partners to learn from each other directly, and create ways for partners to follow-up on ideas or efforts that emerge at in-person meetings.
Nano for Summer Camps
January 9th, 2014
10 - 11 am PST / 1 - 2 pm EST
Organizer: Lizzie Hager-Barnard of the Lawrence Hall of Science (UC Berkeley)
Presenters: Angela Ameling of the Hawaii Children’s Discovery Center, Michele Laverty of the National Ag Science Center, and Meghan Schiedel of the Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum
Interested in discovering new ways to introduce nanoscience into your camps? Join us for a conversation about tips and best practices for incorporating nano into summer camps. Bring your ideas and questions, as you'll have a chance to share your experiences and ask the presenters questions.
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Some people were also interested in activities that involved printers or stamping. Here are some activities related to these topics: