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An Education Outreach Partnership: From Ithaca, New York to Jackson, Mississippi

The Center for Nanoscale Systems has established an educational outreach partnership with Jackson State University (JSU) and held its first Mississippi (MS) teacher workshop there in 2006. Dr. Fadavi of the JSU Physics Department regularly organizes courses for K-12 math and science teachers with support from the MS Department of Education. CNS collaborated in this effort by presenting a full day of CNS activities on the topic of circuits for MS physical science teachers (left picture). All 29 teachers rated the day a “5” on a scale where 1 indicates “waste of time” and 5 indicates “extremely valuable.” Pre and post tests revealed that the teachers’ understanding of circuits improved substantially. Subsequently two MS teachers attended the CNS Summer Teachers’ Institute at Cornell (center and right pictures). CNS sponsored another successful workshop at JSU on February 17, 2007. A third workshop is planned for June 18-19, 2007. At each workshop, the MS teachers received equipment to implement CNS activities in their classrooms.

(Left) MS teachers learn a CNS lab on circuits at Jackson State University. (Center) Two MS teachers and colleagues from other states tour the Cornell Nanoscale Science and Technology Facility. (Right) Two MS teachers and a NY colleague learn how to image atoms at the CNS Summer Institute.

[Director of Educational Outreach Monica Plisch and the CNS team]

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