MANHASSET, NY -- The College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) of the University at Albany began a series of educational and community outreach initiatives – including the awarding of a first-of-its-kind Girl Scouts’ patch for nanotechnology.
It’s all part of the UAlbany NanoCollege’s celebration of National NanoDays 2011.
More than 150 Girl Scouts will receive a NanoPatch developed by CNSE in partnership with the Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York (GSNENY) this coming Saturday, March 26 as they participate in the Girl Scouts "Go Nano!" event at CNSE’s Albany NanoTech Complex.
There are tours, hands-on activities and interactive presentations for participants to experience nanotech science firsthand.
Participating in National NanoDays 2011 is the latest brainchild of Alain Kaloyeros, CNSE Senior Vice President and Chief Executive Officer.
Kaloyeros is on a crusade to promote upper New York State as the hub to drive a nanotechnology-driven economy. Backed by friendly state officials and legislators Kaloyeros has built up UAlbany College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering as a global resource for research and development, technology deployment, and education for the nanoelectronics industry.
The CNSE Albany Nanotech Complex has received appoximately $900 million investment from the state and over $6 billion from the global nanoelectronics industry, according to a CNSE spokesperson.
More than 2,500 scientists, researchers, engineers, students, and faculty work on site, from companies including IBM, GlobalFoundries, the Sematech consortium, Toshiba, Samsung, Applied Materials, Tokyo Electron, ASML, Novellus Systems, Vistec Lithography and Atotech.
National NanoDays is organized nationally by the Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network (NISE Net) and is being held March 26 through April 3.
Whether more students will enter the work force as "nano nerds" or not, this latest effort is commendable.
Mr. Selinz' comment is uninformed. A young girl (the primary age for Girl Scounts is well under 13, by the way) may well be nudged in the direction of a technical career because of the excitement of an event of this type and the welcome extended by the promotional badge. We are not talking about high school students here. I think every effort to reach out and engage young students who have little idea what technology is all about will pay off and should be encouraged.
The trick will be to grab the interest of girls that age for this specific scientific topic. Chemistry and physics are not typically taught until high school due to the complexity of those topics and the prerequisites necessary to grasp the concepts.
One approach to grabbing their interest is to show some of the cool things that can be done with nanotechnology. One that my daughters remember from a recent museum visit is the self cleaning socks that absorb odors. Talking about more of these interesting inventions that rely on nanotechnology may be peak the interest of at least one of the girls earning the badge.
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