Did you know there is a National Nanotechnology Day?
On Saturday, October 9th, the National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure (NNCI), celebrates National Nanotechnology Day. The 16-member network in locations around the nation began hosting an annual Plenty of Beauty at the Bottom image contest in 2019. This date, 10/9, pays homage to the nanometer scale, 10–9 meters, in case you were wondering how October 9 was picked.
If you have wondered how today’s youth, in the USA and around the world, are learning and growing despite the COVID-19 Pandemic, take a look at the many STEM events, competitions, and programs hosted by educational institutions, government agencies, and international organizations.
In today’s post, we are celebrating the annual Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) event Ignite Off! competitionwinner Janet Teng, Sophomore at Pasadena City College (PCC). “The Ignite Off! event showcases the talents of interns from participating federal agencies and offices as they share their research through Ignite Talks. Each competitor has five minutes to present their project, using 20 picture-centric slides that automatically advance every 15 seconds. Contestants have access to a professional development course that teaches the process for developing an Ignite talk,” according to the ORISE program page.
Janet Teng is an intern at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. She is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering and has plans for graduate school to explore how engineering and physical sciences intersect and how she can better the lives of others.
From her technical abstract submitted to the ORISE competition: “As corrosion, the natural occurring chemical process of a material degrading over time, continues to result in menacing safety and economic consequences, there is an increased urgency to develop corrosion-resistant materials…” In five brief and intense minutes, she outlined her research and analysis to explain how she used “Atom Probe Microscopy (APM) suite of techniques while coupled with a novel operando mode of analysis developed at PNNL, to map out spatial and temporal chemical reactions with atomic resolution.” Ultimately, by drilling down to the atomic scale, she looked at “the impacts a material’s crystal structure has on surface reaction kinetics which can eventually allow us to bridge the knowledge gap needed to better engineer corrosion-resistant materials for real-world applications.”
Ms. Teng participated in the Community College Internship (CCI) program under the Department of Energy. Her research was at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) with mentors Daniel E. Perea, Sten Lambeets, and Mark Wirth. Her mentor at PCC is Dr. Jared Ashcroft. You can view other ORISE Ignite Off! 2021 finalists and their presentations here.
With a focus on community college faculty, in particular, technician educators, the new Journal of Advanced Technological Education team is offering an intensive 3-day workshop starting September 14.
The Journal of Advanced Technological Education serves as a means of communication and provides a platform for people interested in teaching advanced technologies. This includes 2-year college faculty, STEM educators in grades 6-12, graduate school faculty, as well as scientists and industry professionals.
The workshop goal is to prepare community college faculty and ATE project and center staff to submit papers to peer-reviewed journals. This online workshop is led by Peter Kazarinoff, MNT-EC co-PI and faculty at Portland Community College.
The workshop will cover how peer-reviewed journals work, as well as how to write, submit, review, edit and publish in peer-reviewed journals to advance in your career. Workshop participants will learn how to craft technical papers for peer reviewed journals to help disseminate their work. Stipends available for qualified faculty.
Starting on Tues, Sept 14, 15, 16 at 10am-12 noon PST on Zoom. Register here. There are a total of 16 stipends available, preference will be given to community college instructors if more than 16 participants request stipends. You can also contact Janet Pinhorn directly at janet.pinhorn (insert the @ symbol here) gmail.com.
Supported by the National Science Foundation’s Advanced Technological Education (NSF ATE) program, the High Impact Technology Exchange Conference (HI-TEC) is a national conference on advanced technological education where secondary and postsecondary educators, counselors, industry professionals, trade organizations, and technicians can update their knowledge and skills.
Each year, the HI-TEC conference pulls together hundreds of educators and researchers to share the latest methods to help students learn. Although this year’s event, like 2020, was virtual and asynchronous, it brought people and ideas together.
The Micro Nano Technology Education Center (MNT-EC) contributed several recorded sessions for attendees, as well as downloadable materials to be used in classrooms and projects. Here is a list of them, with links and YouTube videos, where available. Don’t miss the two excellent Keynote talks, listed at the end of this post, with Stanley Black and Decker (yes, the toolmaker) and on Day 2, Jessica Gomez, Founder and CEO of Rogue Valley Microdevices.
Working Technicians Tell Their Stories
This session provided an opportunity for working technicians to share their experiences in attending community and technical college programs that prepare them for their positions. Technicians speak from a virtual setting and discuss their journey from pre-college to career. Topics include the role of math and science in their work; the key knowledge, skills, and abilities needed for success; what worked well or not so well in their technician education; what they wished they had learned in college; and barriers to success and strategies for overcoming them. The working technicians interviewed by Greg are recent graduates of ATE programs. A second video is here.
Marilyn Barger, Director, Florida Advanced Technological Education Center, FloridaMakes, Tampa, FL;
Shirley Dobbins, Professor, Hillsborough Community College, Tampa, FL
Journal of Micro Nano Technology Education (JMNT-Ed)
The ATE Micro Nano Technology Education Center has just launched theJournal of Micro Nano Technology Education (Powerpoint presentation download). This journal will serve as a communication platform for people interested in teaching the micro nano technology workforce. This includes two-year college faculty members, STEM instructors for middle school through graduate school, and scientists. The journal will publish articles on topics relevant to teaching and learning micro nano technologies at all levels, including manuscripts that demonstrate new educational micro nano activities and lab experiments that can be adopted in micro nano curriculum at all levels, especially undergraduate.
Neda Habibi, Assistant Professor, Micro Nano Technology Education Center, Northwest Vista College, San Antonio, TX;
Atilla Ozgur Cakmak, Assistant Teaching Professor, Nanotechnology Applications and Career Knowledge Resource Center, Center for Nanotechnology Education ad Utilization (CNEU), Engineering Science and Mechanics, College of Engineering, The Pennsylvania State University, West University Park, PA;
Peter Kazarinoff, Assistant Professor, The Micro Nano Technology Education Center, Portland Community College, Portland, OR
Micro Nano Fabrication Research Experience: It’s About Technician Students!
The Micro Nano Technician Research Experience (PDF download) is provided by the Support Center for Microsystems Education (SCME) at the University of New Mexico under NSF Grant 1700678. This project gives technician students an opportunity to research, learn, problem solve, and apply microfabrication principles under the mentorship of subject matter experts and graduate students. An overview of the preparatory online methods and hands-on cleanroom experience is provided. Several students present their work and impressions of their experience. Students are encouraged to document their work through presentations, posters, and paper submissions to the Journal of Micro Nano Technology Education (JMNT-Ed).
Matthias Pleil, Research Professor, Support Center for Microsystems Education (SCME), University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM;
Jared Ashcroft, Professor of Chemistry, Micro Nano Technology Education Center, Pasadena City College, Pasadena, CA.
Student presenters are Sophia Barber, Alfonzo Meraz, and O’Neail Duglin, all from Pasadena City College.
nanoHUB’s Open-Access Cloud-Computing Resources for Nanomanufacturing, Nanobio, and Data Science
This presentation introduces educational resources in nanoHUB that faculty and students can use to learn about cloud manufacturing, simulating biological systems, and data science techniques. Established in 2002 and funded by the National Science Foundation, nanoHUB is the premiere place for computational nanotechnology research, education, and collaboration. nanoHUB hosts a rapidly growing collection of simulation programs for nanoscale phenomena that run in the cloud and are accessible through a web browser. In addition to simulation devices, nanoHUB provides online presentations, courses, teaching materials, and more.
Tanya Faltens, Educational Content Creation Manager, MNT-EC, Network for Computational Nanotechnology, West Lafayette, IN
Simulation and Visualization Tools for Nanotechnology Curricula
Visualization and simulation (PDF download) promote students’ understanding of phenomena at nanoscale. This presentation explores the application of online visualization and simulation tools for teaching nanotechnology curricula. Utilization of online tools enhances students’ learning of complex concepts at nanoscale without acquiring expensive equipment. These tools include 26 RAIN (Remotely Accessible Instruments in Nanotechnology) nodes for accessing visualization instruments and 500+ simulation tools at nanoHUB; and CompuCell3D, a flexible modeling platform that allows simulations for biology, tissue engineering, and viruses such as COVID-19. Simulation experiences at Penn State University with X-ray characterization by XPS and XRD are also presented.
Ahmed Khan, Fulbright Specialist Scholar, Fulbright/World Learning Inc, Oak Brook, IL;
Sala Qazi, Professor Emeritus, SUNY Polytechnic Institute, Utica, NY;
Atilla Ozgur Cakmak, Professor, Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics, Penn State University, University Park, PA
The July 2021 event has over 80 sessions available on the HI-TEC On-Demand Sessions page on a wide range of topics: Advanced Manufacturing, Biotechnology, Cybersecurity, Diversity, Equity, And Inclusion, Employer Engagement, Energy And Environmental Technologies, Engineering Technologies, Future Of Work, Grant Funding, Information Technology, Internet Of Things, Learning, Evaluation, And Research, and Micro Nanotechnologies.
As mentioned above, these two keynote presentations are excellent:
Day 1: Mark Maybury, Chief Technology Officer, Stanley Black & Decker
Day 2: Jessica Gomez, Founder, President and CEO, Rogue Valley Microdevices
Here is the full list of titles and the On-Demand Session link above is where all the presentations and YouTube links are available.
Hands-On Workshops in a Virtual World
Scaling Advanced Manufacturing Technician Education to K-12
SEMI Works Advanced Manufacturing Workforce Certification Model
Smart Manufacturing Education and Training Modules
Amazing Team Effort to Create Career Pathways to the Bioscience and Healthcare Industries
Biotech-Careers.org: A Model Career Website for the Skilled Technical Workforce
Biotechnology Bench Beyond Mask: Building Communities
InnovATEBIO.org: A Model for ATE National Center Websites and Education Databases
Prescience for Distance: The Bioscience Technician Expansion Project
Creation of an Apprenticeship Program in Cybersecurity Education with Industry
Cyber Supply Chain Risk Management: Threats and Mitigation Strategies
Developing and Hosting Your Own Cybersecurity Competition
Development of an Automotive Cybersecurity Course
Engaging Students with Hands-On Cybersecurity Projects During COVID
Final Year – Cyber Up! Digital Forensics and Incident Response
Implementing a Virtual, Low-Cost Industrial Control Cybersecurity Training Environment
Integrating Project-based Technical and Workplace Skills into Your Virtual Cybersecurity Curriculum
Adapting to Create Meaningful Connections to Industry
Best Practices for Building a Diverse Pipeline of Cloud-Ready Talent
Creating Talent Pipelines for Targeted High-Tech Industries
Eliminating Denial of Service: One College’s Approach to Increasing Minority Representation in Cyber
Empowering Students to Recognize and Foster More Inclusive Workplaces
Exploring Connections with Active Military and Veterans for Technology Programs
Female Students’ Perceptions of Problem-Solving Through Peer Learning in Introductory Engineering
Information and Strategies for Guiding Culturally Responsive Education
Offering Advanced Software Training for Secondary School Students
Strategies for Innovative K-12 Outreach
Top Ten Tips for Teaching Student Veterans from the Classroom to Online
Transforming the Optics Program at Monroe Community College into a National Model
Common Barriers to Successfully Engaging Employers and How to Overcome Them
SCADA Modularized Curriculum, Hands-On Labs, and Job Task Analysis for Renewable Energy
Will Wide-Bandgap (WBG) Semiconductors Replace Silicon? Learn About This Cutting-Edge Technology
Interdisciplinary Education of 3D Technologies
Manufacturing PPE During a Pandemic: Interdisciplinary Collaboration and Workforce Readiness
Microcredentials/Badging for Engineering Technology in Healthcare
Promoting Your Center/Project to More Than 105,000 Industrial Professionals for Free
Virtual Reality for MEMS Material in Second Life Using Blender and Solidworks
Augmented and Virtual Reality and Workforce Training: Promises and Pitfalls
Learning from Industry: The Future of Work for Technicians
Preparing Technicians for the Future of Work: Implementing the Cross-Disciplinary STEM Core
Adviser, Role Model, Friend? Giving Back by Becoming a Mentor-Fellow
College Collaboration to Create a Grants Program and Portfolio
Cultivating Employer-Led Innovation Strategies to Fuel Competitive NSF ATE Proposals
Data-Informed NSF ATE Proposals: Exploring and Using the New ATE Survey Data Dashboard
Increase Your Funding Success with No-Cost Mentoring for Prospective NSF ATE Grantees
The Connected Coast Initiative
Convergence Technology Students Present New Perspectives and Share Projects
Enhancing Associate Degrees for IT Technicians
The Evolution of Training for Supply Chain Automation Technicians
Faculty-Advisor Relationship Impact on Student Decisions on Academic and Career Paths
Leverage Employer-Led Skill Standards to Strengthen Your IT Program
Time Sensitive Network Application in Connected and Autonomous Vehicle Systems
From Hands-on to Virtual: Shifting the Training Demands for IoT and Sensors
Internet of Things Education Project
Internet of Things: Preparing the Future Technical Workforce
The Wild World of Wireless in the 2020s: What Should We Teach?
Aviation Maintenance Technology (AMT) Programs’ Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic: Preliminary Results
Begin With the End in Mind: Formative Assessment and Evaluation in Professional Development
Coding a Flexible Apprenticeship: Faculty Perspective and Support Relationships
Creating Career Pathways and Learning Communities
Cross Collaboration Between ATE Projects and Centers in Developing Interactive Student Activities
Developing Photonics Education for Secondary Schools: UPDATE to Include Overcoming COVID
Effective Remote Learning: Virtual PLC and Multi-Technology Simulations and Virtual Machines
Engaging STEM Students During a Pandemic
Global Virtual Exchange in Technical Courses
MNT-EC’s Talking Technicians Podcast
NC3-Festo National Certification Program: Lessons Learned
Productivity Toolkit: Three Free Resources for Scheduling, Design, and Project Management
Silver Linings: How COVID-19 Jump-Started Holistic Student and Employer Engagement
Software Development Evaluation and Grading Strategies
Transition From Traditional, Didactic Instructional Delivery to Competency-Based Education Modality
Transitioning Orientation from Traditional to Digital: Approach, Practice, and Reflection
Using Alternative Methods to Support Hands-on-Learning (labs)
Using Virtual Citizen Science Activities to Introduce Students to Careers as Research Technicians
Working Technicians Tell Their Stories
Journal of Micro Nano Technology Education (JMNT-Ed)