Many institutions now have access to inexpensive 3D printing capability. These can be used in Nanoscience education for both conceptual and practical applications. A 3D printer can be used to make models of atomic lattice structure. Atomic packing factor and theoretical density calculations can…Continue
Taking pictures of bugs with a scanning electron microscope is a way to encourage interest in microscopy among younger students and children. (I really enjoy it myself.) Getting the best image of our insect friends can be something of a challenge though. In this blog I will describe some basic techniques for imaging…Continue
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I attended the HITEC Conference in Denver last week as part of the Nano-Link Group. HITEC stands for High Impact Technology Exchange Conference and is funded through the National Science Foundation Advanced Technology Education program (NSF ATE). High tech brings together technical educators from many different…Continue
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This is my new favorite scale of things site.
This site lets you zoom into the nanoscale and further into the far subatomic and you can zoom out to the size of the universe. You can get interesting information and trivia by clicking on the objects. It includes many more objects than other similar sites. Very fun to explore.
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I was reading some research on battery technology and asked to express my opinion so I thought I would do it on this blog.
I'm not an expert in battery…Continue
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There are some common calculations done by the beginning student of nanoscience and I thought it would be good to go over some of these calculations in a video and post it to Youtube. This is mostly to help my students but others may find it useful. I was inspired by Salman Khan over at Khan Academy: http://www.khanacademy.org/ . I used three tools to create these videos. The first is SmoothDraw which is used to draw the programs: …Continue
Cells and Stuff Volume 1.pdf
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I was taking some classes this summer and wrote a FAQ for nanoscience. This is used to inform students interested in our program or teachers who want to add some nanoscience topics to their current curriculum.
Today in class I did two activities. First we did a flow chart showing how we go from a pile of sand to a silicon wafer. The second activity was a CMOS sandwich which is shown in the picture. I used the image from figures 3.22 and 3.23 in "Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology" by Michael Quirk as a guide and the students made CMOS sandwiches according to the following guidelines:
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I have been away for a while. Got through the semester, I had a nice break and I am well into the second semester. I will try to finish the last first semester course material and get started on the second nanoscience course. Yesterday we had 26 local high school (grades 9-12) and middle school (grades 6-8) teachers attend a workshop on our campus. The teachers were brought into CVTC's class 100 clean room where they processed silicon wafers using… Continue
This week our students attended the Fourth Annual Minnesota Nanotechnology Conference hosted by the University of Minnesota.
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