Class spots still available for IUPUI nanotech camp for high school students, teachers

  • April 5, 2016


INDIANAPOLIS -- Class spots are still available for high school students and teachers interested in attending the first summer of the Nanotechnology Experiences for Students and Teachers program at IUPUI.

NEST, designed to provide STEM education for underrepresented minorities, will introduce students and teachers from area high schools to the field of nanotechnology via a concentrated two-week summer camp coupled with academic-year mentoring, support and research opportunities for students and a two-week professional-development program for teachers.

A three-year, $1.1 million grant from the National Science Foundation is funding the camps. The program includes monetary stipends, in addition to funds for camp tuition and supplies, for certain students and teachers.

Students from disadvantaged families will receive a $500 stipend, in addition to tuition to attend the two-week camp. Teachers from school districts with disadvantaged student populations who attend the two-week teacher camp will receive a $2,000 stipend as well as an additional $2,000 to cover costs for classroom supplies and conference fees and travel during the school year.

"For students, the camp provides opportunities to work with real college professors and gain hands-on experience during the summer," said program director Agarwal Mangilal. "We also find a mentor for them to continue projects in the following school year.

"The program promotes university research projects and brings local students to campus," Mangilal said. "Once they experience learning on campus, they realize that attending could be a reality for them and that a STEM career is exciting and challenging, not boring."

"Upon completion, participants will be connected to Integrated Nanotechnology Development Institute faculty to support follow-up activities, including independent research projects by students and the development and implementation of integrated STEM modules by teachers," said David Russomanno, dean of the School of Engineering and Technology. "The program is well-defined to improve STEM learning, retention and opportunities for traditionally underserved students."

The summer camp for students will take place June 20 to July 1.

The teacher session will run July 11 to 22.

During the three-year grant program, IUPUI will host a total of 60 high school students and 45 high school teachers. Approximately 3,000 additional students will participate in the program using teacher-developed classroom modules.

Faculty from the schools of science, engineering and technology, medicine, and dentistry at IUPUI are staffing the camps.

In addition to impacting camp participants, the NEST program will address the need for STEM education and teacher development across the nation. Curriculum materials developed for the program will be widely available to all educators through the NEST website, the TeachEngineering digital library website, the I-STEM network, and the Hoosier Association of Science Teachers Inc.

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IUPUI nanotechnology experiences - file photo

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