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Workshop Enrollment

The CNSI High School Nanoscience Program currently has eight different experiments.  The experiments give students hands-on experience with materials, methods, and devices, including self-assembly, magnetic fluids, chemical sensors, solar cells, photolithography, superhydrophobic surfaces (or the lotus effect), water purification, and the toxicity of nanoscale systems compared to similar materials in bulk form.   

The workshop starts off with a critical question related to the concept to be introduced.  Discussion then takes place around this scientific or nanotechnology concept.  The teachers do a “hands on” lab, guided by the graduate student and/or postdoc.  The teachers conclude the workshop by discussing and reviewing the concepts presented, determining where the concept will fit into their curriculum and with what specific California Science Standard(s).  Each teacher is given a kit, with enough materials for 90 students, to take back to their classroom.

There are five program areas from which to choose. 
  • Program A is designed for 9th grade teachers in an Integrative Science Program.  Program A has three core classes, Self Assembly, Biotoxicity, and Water Purification and four optional classes.  
  • Program B is designed for biology teachers.  Program B has three core classes, Solar Cells, Biotoxicity, and Water Purification and four optional classes.
  • Program C is designed for chemistry teachers.  Program C has three core classes, Self Assembly, Superhydrophobic Surfaces, Biotoxicity, and four optional classes.
  • Program D is designed for physics teachers.  Program D has three core classes, Solar Cells, Photolithography, and Supercapacitors, and four optional classes.
  • Program E is a customized selection of workshops a teacher may design in order to optimize his or her class needs.  A one class minimum is required for this program.
PLEASE NOTE:  Once workshop class reaches capacity, precedence will be given to participants needing the core class.



Teachers have the option of receiving UCLA extension credit for the workshops.  Arrangements have been made through UCLA Center X to have teachers register and pay for UCLA Extension credit at the conclusion of their respective program’s core classes. Each 8:30 am to 1:00 pm class is equivalent to 1/2 a unit and extension requires each student to take a minimum of 1 and 1/2 units or 3 classes.   Teachers must attend three or more workshops, implement the experiments into their classroom labs, and submit teacher and student feedback forms to receive credit.