The Valparaiso University Nanotechnology Pedagogy Laboratory (nanoK12) is dedicated to introducing the facinating nanoscale world to elementary and secondary students around the globe.
Our world today is constantly evolving. Every year, new discoveries and improvements to previous ideas change the way we live. Nanotechnology, the study of the very small, represents one of the fastest growing multidisciplinary fields that today's students will be working in School systems. However, often do not have the lesson plans or the funding necessary to teach students about the latest scientific advances or the opportunities they are creating. nanoK12 has developed simple, inexpensive, and efficient lesson plans to educate young students about the world of nanotechnology. All of the lessons have been developed so they can be incorporated in traditional STEM discipline (science, technology, engineering, and math) classes or can be used for extracurricular study programs.
In addition, our group researches and investigates educational nanotechnology materials developed by other facilities around the world. The best of what we find, we include here, too. That way, educators have one site that will provide them with the resources they need to introduce their students to the exciting world of nanotechnology.
The group is directed by the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department in the College of Engineering at Valparaiso University