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STEM Ed Announcement: UMass Nanotechnology Summer Institute

This is a STEM ED UMass Amherst program.
 Contact information is below
 "	Monday to Friday, July 7 - July 11, 2014 at UMass Amherst 
 "	Funded by the National Science Foundation
 "	Sponsored by the STEM Education Institute and the Center for
           Hierarchical Manufacturing 
 "	Middle and High School Science, Math, and Technology Teachers 
 "	$75/day stipends ($375 total), materials, parking, some meals
 "	Housing (new air conditioned dorms) for those outside the
           commuting radius
 "	3 graduate physics credits available at reduced cost; free PDP's
           (Professional Development Points) 
 "	Ongoing partnerships with UMass Faculty
 Nanotechnology deals with materials on the scale of nanometers. A
 nanometer is one-millionth of a millimeter, or about 10 atomic
 diameters. Such materials can have surprising and useful behaviors
 and properties. Applications of this rapidly growing field include
 regenerative medicine, fabrics and construction materials of
 unprecedented strength, ultra-high performance computers and data
 storage, more efficient solar photovoltaic cells, and much more.
 Activity in this field cuts across the traditional disciplinary
 boundaries, and involves chemistry, physics, biology, and
 The UMass Nanotechnology Summer Institute will explore the basic
 science and engineering concepts of this exciting new field, and will
 illustrate how they may be integrated into the usual math, science
 and technology courses in middle schools and high schools. The
 content and pedagogy will be aligned with the Massachusetts Science
 and Technology/Engineering Framework.
 During the institute, participants will begin to develop curriculum
 units for their own classes. They will implement these in the fall
 and report on their progress and results online.  Three graduate
 credits will be available for the institute and curriculum unit; the
 cost will be $300 plus a $45 registration fee. PDP's will be
 available at no cost.
 Application process: An application form and additional information
 are available at www.umassk12.net/nano. Teachers should also prepare
 a narrative statement of how they intend to use the institute
 materials in their classroom, and include in their application
 package a recent resume and a letter of support from their school
 principal or superintendent. The application package can be submitted
 by email, fax, or US mail. Applications are due April 1, 2013. Late
 applications will be accepted on a space available basis.
 STEM Ed Institute: www.umassk12.net/stem, 
           413-545-0734, fax: 413-545-3697
 Center for Hierarchical Manufacturing: www.umass.edu/chm

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