[MSTA ] NSF funded Summer Opportunity

Dennis Reed dreed at msms.k12.ms.us
Mon Mar 5 08:08:33 CST 2012

 " Monday to Friday, July 9 - July 13, 2012 at UMass
 " Funded by the National Science Foundation
 " Sponsored by the STEM Education Institute and the
  Center f or Hierarchical Manufacturing
 " Middle and High School Science, Math, and Technology
 " $75/day stipends ($375 total), materials, parking,
 " Housing (new air conditioned dorms) those outside the
  commuting radius
 " 3 graduate credits available at reduced cost; free
  PDP's (Professional Development Points)
 " Ongoing partnerships with UMass Faculty
 Nanotechnology deals with materials on the scale of
 nanometers. A nanometer is one-millionth of a millimeter, or
 about 10 atomic diameters. Such materials can have surprising
 and useful behaviors and properties. Applications of this
 rapidly growing field include regenerative medicine, fabrics
 and construction materials of unprecedented strength,
 ultra-high performance computers and data storage, more
 efficient solar photovoltaic cells, and much more. Activity
 in this field cuts across the traditional
 disciplinary boundaries, and involves chemistry, physics,
 biology, and engineering.
 The UMass Nanotechnology Summer Institute will explore the
 basic science and engineering concepts of this exciting new
 field, and will illustrate how they may be integrated into
 the usual math, science and technology courses in middle
 schools and high schools. The content and pedagogy will be
 aligned with the Massachusetts Science and
 Technology/Engineering Framework. During the institute,
 participants will begin to develop curriculum units for their
 own classes. They will complete and implement these in the
 fall and report on their progress and results online.  Three
 graduate credits will be available for the institute and
 curriculum unit; the cost will be $300 plus a $45
 registration fee. PDP's will be available at no cost.
 Application process: An application form and additional
 information are available at www.umassk12.net/nano. Teachers
 should also prepare a narrative statement of how they intend
 to use the institute materials in their classroom, and
 include in their application package a recent resume and a
 letter of support from their school principal or
 superintendent. The application package can be submitted by
 email, fax, or US mail.
 Applications are due April 1, 2012. We will acknowledge
 receipt of your application within no more than one week. If
 you do not receive this acknowledgement - please contact us
 at:  STEM Ed Institute: msilver at umassk12.net, 413-545-0734.
 For more information: www.umassk12.net/nano, 
 fax: 413-545-3697, 
Dennis Reed
Physics Teacher
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