Session S55c (Wednesday, 5:15pm, Willaman Gateway)

P864: Small science = big ideas: Nanoscience outreach for K-8 students

Jennifer Robertson-Honecker (West Virginia University, USA)

Education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) are crucial because they fuel our economic growth and make us more versatile in an increasingly technological age. Therefore, successful education of the current crop of K-12 students in STEM will have a lasting impact on the 21st century. To address these needs, West Virginia University and WVNano, WVU’s focal point for discovery and innovation in nanoscale science, engineering and education, have held a week long day camp for middle school students in the local West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Ohio region. The camp is currently in its fifth year and focuses on the nano found in topics such as chemistry, forensics and biometrics, robotics, optics, energy and propulsion.  The poster will detail the activities used, their focus on nano, and student perceptions to science prior to and following the camp. Nano related outreach for K-6 students will also be discussed.

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