Session S67b (Wednesday, 2pm, CHEM 102)

P841: Hands-on training in nanotechnology: The necessity, the practicality and the possibilities

Shreya Bhattacharyya (Nanoscience Instruments, Inc., USA)

The advantages of an active, hands-on learning environment are far superior to a passive, lecture-style environment. Students retain more information when lectures are supplemented with hands-on training and it increases their critical thinking ability as well. This is especially true for a field like nanotechnology where most of the concepts remain abstract unless made visible to the students by means of instrumentation. This talk focuses on instruments like the scanning probe microscope (SPM) and scanning electron microscope (SEM) and how they can be applied in a classroom or laboratory setting in a way that benefits students. We will give examples of colleges which successfully use our instruments for their courses. Finally, we will talk about ideas which can easily be implemented in undergraduate education in order to increase student interest in the STEM fields

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