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The goal is to help build long-term collaborative partnerships between K-12 science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) teachers, community college faculty, and the NSF university research community by involving the teachers in engineering  research and helping them translate their research experiences and new knowledge of engineering  into classroom activities.

Partnerships with inner city schools or other high need schools are especially encourage as is participation by underrepresented minorities, women, and persons with disabilities.

While many individuals think of people in “Bunny Suits”, working in clean room; much of the necessary original research that occurs in more simple rooms, labs with specific tools and instruments. There are glove boxes, perhaps, so a clean and oxygen free environment can be used for assembly of small components.

But much of work is still simple research, to determine specific concentrations of chemicals, thermal and other processing techniques to develop the materials that provide the best solution to the problem as hand. This is often reiterative work that requires the patience of the chemist, the mind of a electrical engineer, and the over view of the mechanical engineer.

Electron microscopes, furnaces, fume hoods and vacuum ovens can exist quite happily in “ordinary” lab room. However, in top picture, my students and I are in a clean room, in the background is an image from an electron microscope showing the stinger of an ordinary wasp that expired in one of the researcher’s car, so no insect was harmed in the “filming” of this image.

However, nano particles have been used for centuries. Embedded in stained glass are elements like gold that deffracts the light, producing colors that don't fade with time.




The NMT Partnership is built on six core concepts. These are that the Partnership (1) is a State-wide education and workforce development activity reaching every corner of Pennsylvania; (2) is mandated to bring nanotechnology education to secondary schools, post-secondary schools, industry and the general public; (3) is based on the sharing of the research and education resources of Penn State; (4) is abroad approach to nanotechnology which is not focused on one industry or one use area; (5) offers all associate and baccalaureate degree students across Pa (the level playing field) access to a “Capstone Semester” of hands-onnanotechnology at the tuition rates of each student‘s Partner institution; and (6) admits associate and baccalaureate degree students to the “Capstone Semester” based on their achieving skill-set requirements, not course set requirements, at their Partner institution.

Links and Citations

  1. Education and Training Approach for the Future Nanotechnology Workforce. (Accessed 7/22/2008)
  2. RET-NANO (Accesed 7/21/2008)


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