Nanoscale Science and Engineering Education

Edited by
Aldrin E. Sweeney and Sudipta Seal,University of Central Florida, USA

Foreword by
Professor Harold W. Kroto, Nobel Prize Laureate
Dr. Mihail C. Roco, National Science Foundation, USA
    2008, 712 pages, Hardcover
ISBN: 1-58883-085-3

"All in all, the volume covers almost all the key aspects of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology ..... integration of nanoscale science and engineering into the curricula of all age groups [ranging] from middle and high school students, to undergraduate students, and beyond. As important as anything else are children's perceptions of nanotechnology which also are addressed, as are societal and ethics issues".

Professor Harold W. Kroto, Nobel Prize Laureate

"The contributions [in this volume] address various levels of nanoscale science and engineering education, using various methodologies for classrooms and remote teaching, in various parts of the world, at the local to international levels. These shared experiences are on the front of the wave of new educational programs in the world. This collection may help in crystallizing more integrative approaches, and developing a nanotechnology education community".

Dr. Mihail C. Roco, National Science Foundation, USA

Rapid advances in nanoscience and nanotechnology research indicate a need for corresponding science, engineering and medical education efforts. Issues relating to K-12 scientific and technological literacy become even more pressing concerns, given the extent to which advances in nanoscience and nanotechnology are expected to impact all aspects of human experience, e.g. healthcare and medicine, transportation, electronics, and environmental sustainability, to name but a few. This book contains 36 state-of-the-art chapters and addresses the following topics: (i) current efforts in the field of nanoscale science and engineering education; (ii) noteworthy examples showing the integration of nanotechnology in undergraduate education (chemistry, physics, biological sciences, engineering, environmental science, technology, etc.); (iii) efforts relating to general scientific and technological literacy/public awareness in nanoscale science and engineering; (iv) projects demonstrating the importance of nanoscale science and technology education at the K-12 level, and examples of how specific concepts have been integrated into science instruction at the primary and secondary school levels (pre-college/university); (v) curriculum development and assessment; (vi) social and ethical issues associated with nanoscale science and engineering research (vii) workforce preparation (professional and vocational), and (viii) national and state science standards and their relationships to the goals of nanotechnology initiatives worldwide. The book is written by leading experts who are interested and experienced in nanoscience and nanotechnology education.

  • Developing a Viable Knowledge Base in Nanoscale Science and Engineering Education, Aldrin E. Sweeney and Sudipta Seal, USA
  • Teaching Nanotechnology in the K-12 Classroom, Kenneth Bowles, USA
  • Science Education in Nanotechnology: Examples using Computer Based Laboratory (CBL) Instrumentation, David D. Kumar and Rebecca Kerr, USA
  • Educational Efforts in K-12 Nanoscale Science and Engineering Education and Related-Research Studies Using Electron Microscopy, Andrea J. Harmer, USA
  • Exploring Nanoscale Science With Middle and High School Students, M. Gail Jones, USA
  • Center for Nanoscale Systems - Pre-College and College Level Efforts in Nanoscale Science and Engineering Education, Monica Plisch, USA
  • Research-based Courses in Nanotechnology for Sophomores and Nanoscience Modules for High School and Community College Students, Teri W. Odom, USA
  • Fuel Cells: A Tool for Nanotechnology Education, Carlos R. Cabrera (Puerto Rico) and Donald A. Tryk (Japan)
  • Nanoscience and Conceptions of Size and Scale in Pre-College Education, Thomas R. Tretter, USA
  • Microscopic Perspectives on Informal, Introductory and Industry Nanochallenges, Philip Fraundorf and Jingyue Liu, USA
  • Introductory Nanoscience and Nanotechnology for Undergraduates: A Liberal Arts Approach, Lon A. Porter, Jr. USA
  • Integration of Nanotechnology in Undergraduate Engineering Education, Ramesh K. Agarwal, USA
  • A Course on Introduction to Nanotechnology for Undergraduate Science and Engineering Majors, Meyya Meyyappan, USA
  • Development of A Nanosystems Engineering Undergraduate Degree, Hisham Hegab, James Palmer and Stan Napper, USA
  • Identifying and Removing Barriers to the Inclusion of Nanoscience in the Undergraduate Chemistry Curriculum, Thomas Holme, USA
  • Brightening The Science Curriculum with Semiconducting Nanocrystals, Russell G. Larsen, Norbert J. Pienta, Sarah C. Larsen, USA
  • Interdisciplinary Lab Course in Nanotechnology for Freshmen at The Florida Institute of Technology, K. J. Winkelmann, J. R. Brenner, J. G. Mantovani, USA
  • Nanotechnology Curriculum Development at Utah State University, Haeyeon Yang, USA
  • A Web-Based Video Lab Manual for Nanoscale Science and Technology, George Lisensky, Kenneth Lux, and Wendy Crone, USA
  • Nanoworlds: A Nanotechnology Course Model Using The Nanopedia, The Web Encyclopedia of Nanotechnology, Alexis R. Abramson, David A. Smith, Ethan Fry, Jason Miller, E. Burtch, K. Brown, N. Trombetta, USA
  • Integrating Nanoscale Science and Technology into Introductory Computer Science Courses, Russell Deaton, John Lusth, and Jin-Woo Kim, USA
  • An Innovative Approach to Introducing Nanotechnology into the Curriculum at a Minority Undergraduate Institution, Wilbur L. Walters Jr., Tigran Shahbazyan, and Frank Hagelberg, USA
  • Integration of Nanoscale Science and Technology Research into Undergraduate Curriculum at a Minority University, Branislav Vlahovic, Diane Markoff, Igor Bondarev, Igor Filikhin, Hiak Melikian, Gordana Vlahovic, and Marvin Wu, USA
  • Teaching Undergraduates Nanotechnology, John Shapter and Justin Gooding, Australia
  • European Activities in Nanoscience Education and Training, Marie-Isabelle Baraton (France), Raymond Monk, and Renzo Tomellini (Belgium)
  • Interdisciplinary Teaching in Nanotechnology: Experiences from an Undergraduate Degree Program offered at the University of Copenhagen, Eva Danielsen and Thomas Bjørnholm, Denmark
  • Engineering Nanoscience: A Curriculum to Satisfy the Future Needs of Industry, Knut Deppert, Rune Kullberg, and Lars Samuelson, Sweden
  • The Pennsylvania Partnership Approach to Nanotechnology Education and to the Building of a Nanotechnology Manufacturing Workforce, Stephen J. Fonash, Douglas E. Fenwick, and Paul M. Hallacher, USA
  • Nanomaterials Science and Engineering: An Enabling Paradigm Shift for Photonics, Energy, Electronics, and Biology, Brian R. Mayer, Stephen C. Danforth, and Lisa C. Klein, USA
  • Children's Perceptions of Nanotechnology: A Classroom Experiment, Brigitte Nerlich, David D. Clarke and Neil Champness, UK
  • Content and Pedagogy for Ethics Education in Nanoscale Science and Technology Development, Rosalyn W. Berne, USA
  • Rethinking Technological Literacy: The Challenge of Nanotechnology and Society Education, Clark A. Miller and Sarah K. A. Pfatteicher, USA
  • Nanoliteracy: Nurturing Understandings of Nanotechnology and Societal Interactions with Nanotech, Chris Toumey and Davis Baird, USA
  • Developing Nano Education at A Technological University: Science, Technology and Social Implications of Nanotechnology, John A. Jaszczak, Bruce E. Seely, USA
  • Introducing Nanotechnology and Society Issues into the Classroom, Greta Zenner and Wendy Crone, USA
  • Master's Level Nanotechnology Education, Robert W. Kelsall, UK
Researchers and educators in related science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines with an interest in nanoscale science, engineering and medical education. Researchers, instructors, and education professionals interested in nanoscale science, technology, engineering, and medical education at the K-12, undergraduate and graduate levels.

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