Nanotechnology Teacher Workshop

For STEM teachers of grades 6-12 who want to learn about interdisciplinary research, resources, and careers at the nano-scale and bring it back to their classrooms and students!

Additive Manufacturing & Design at the Nanoscale

Annual Nano Teacher Workshop at The Pennsylvania State University

3-D printing and many more additive technologies are not only revolutionizing manufacturing, they are transforming science!

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Millennium Science Complex Building, University Park, PA

Teachers of physics, chemistry, biology, technology, mathematics, engineering design, and computer science are encouraged to attend!

Register to attend by clicking here:

The 3-D printing craze has not only made an impact on the everyday macro scale world we live in.  Many additive methods of fabrication have been applied to the micro and nano-scale, too.  Not only are these new technologies creating materials and devices that did not exist before, they are inviting brand new questions and opening uncharted scientific territories.

This workshop explores how this revolutionary technology and its engineering design principles are being utilized in different ways across an array of scientific fields.  The relationships between experimental researchers and those who do coding, mathematical modeling, and engineering design become critical in this work.  No one can be an expert in all areas, but expertise in all areas is absolutely needed to address today’s complex problems in materials science.  The trans-disciplinary nature of current research makes the importance of teamwork paramount.  Further, the workshop content provides true confirmation that integrated and cooperative skill building efforts across all courses of study at the K-12 level are valuable for preparing students for future careers in the workforce.   Therefore, we highly encourage schools to send at least two teachers from different content areas to attend this workshop together.

Spaces fill quickly. Attendance is FREE. Act 48 Credits are available.


More Information

Questions?  Please contact Kristin Dreyer at 814-863-1665 or by email at



This annual program was initiated by Penn State's participation in NanoDays™

NanoDays is a nationwide festival of educational programs about nanoscale science and engineering. NanoDays engages people of all ages in learning about this emerging field of science, which holds the promise of developing revolutionary materials and technologies.

Organized by the National Informal STEM Education Network (NISE Net), NanoDays events take place nationally in early April. They constitute the largest, organized public outreach effort in nanoscale informal science education and involve science museums, research centers, and universities from Puerto Rico to Alaska.

NanoDays celebrations bring university researchers together with science educators to create learning experiences for both children and adults to explore the miniscule world of atoms, molecules, and nanoscale forces. Most NanoDays events combine fun hands-on activities with presentations on current research. A range of exciting NanoDays programs demonstrate the special and unexpected properties found at the nanoscale, examine tools used by nanoscientists, showcase nano materials with spectacular promise, and invite discussion of technology and society.

More about Nano and NISE Network

At the nanoscale—the scale of atoms and molecules—many common materials exhibit unusual properties. Our ability to manipulate matter at this size enables innovations that weren’t possible before. Nanotechnology is revolutionizing research and development in medicine, computing, new materials, food, energy, and other areas.

Nano will affect our economy, the environment, and our personal lives. Some scientists think that future nanotechnologies and materials could transform our lives as much as cars, the personal computer, or the Internet! But the costs, risks, and benefits of this new technology can be difficult to understand, both for experts and for the general public. The NISE Network helps museums, research institutions, and the public learn from each other about this emerging field so that together we can make informed decisions.

The original "NISE Net" was titled the Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network, a national community of researchers and informal science educators dedicated to fostering public awareness, engagement, and understanding of nanoscale science, engineering, and technology. This NISE Network community in the United States was led by 12 organizations, and included hundreds of museums and universities nationwide. NISE Net was launched in 2005 with funding from the National Science Foundation, and received a five-year renewal in 2010.

The newly reorganized NISE Network continues to build partnerships between science museums and research centers to increase their capacity to engage the public in learning about an array of STEM topics.

For more information about NISE Net and/or download a digital NanoDays kit, visit:

For more information about Nano, please visit:
What is Nano Website

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This project is based on work supported by the NSF under Award Nos. 05322536 and 0940143.

NanoDays™ is trademarked by North Carolina State University and used by the NISE Network with permission.