High School Nanoscience Program

Description:

The High School Nanoscience Program is a joint effort of the California NanoSystems Institute and the NSF funded IGERT Materials Creation Training Program (MCTP). The purpose of the program is to bring nanoscience to high school classes in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) and throughout the greater Los Angeles area through the use of hands-on experiments in nanoscience and nanotechnology.

The program, which was started in 2002, involves a group of about 30 graduate students and postdocs associated with the CNSI and the MCTP. The experiments, many of which were developed at UCLA, can be readily conducted by high school students and demonstrate fundamental concepts about chemistry, physics, biology, and engineering. The experiments give students hands-on experience with materials, methods, and devices, including self-assembly, magnetic fluids, chemical sensors, solar cells, photolithography, superhydrophobic surface (or the lotus effect), water filtration, and the toxicity of nanoscale systems compared to similar materials in bulk form. The funding for the program includes a grant from the UCLA in LA Community Partnership program and the Dreyfus Foundation.

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