This site is a resource for education and outreach efforts
associated with the National
Science Foundation-supported Materials
Research Science and Engineering Center on Nanostructured Interfaces.
Nano means one billionth. Nanotechnology is the study and design of systems at the nanometer scale - the scale of atoms and molecules. The ability to manipulate materials on the nanoscale could revolutionize the way that almost everything is designed and made. The objective of this website is to introduce you to the tools that let us "see" atoms, manipulate them, and create nano-architectural wonders.
The University of Wisconsin - Madison Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) Interdisciplinary Education Group (IEG):
- uses examples of nanotechnology and advanced materials to explore science and engineering concepts at the college level
- brings the "wow" and potential of nanotechnology and advanced materials to the public.
We work to enhance understanding of college level science and engineering by creating new instructional materials based on current advances in nanoscale science and technology through the:
- development and dissemination of kits
- authorship of journal publications
- creation and dissemination of in-depth, high-visual content, instructional resources on the web
- presentation and demonstration of innovative instructional materials at conferences and workshops for professionals
We work to enhance public appreciation of science and engineering through a central theme of "Exploring the Nanoworld" using:
- web dissemination to novice learners
- presentations in general public venues
- contributions to popular publications and media
Common threads running through our interdisciplinary education efforts include:
- engaging with diverse audiences
- collaborating with researchers, industry, museums, teachers, the Institute for Chemical Education, other MRSECs, and academic institutions
- facilitating the professional development of the MRSEC faculty, post docs, graduate students and undergraduate students
- developing measurable objectives assessed by formative and summative methods