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Hitachi SEM Microscope Inspires Nanotech Students

Students enrolled in Introduction to Nanotechnology at West Los Angeles College (WLAC) took advantage of a rare opportunity to zoom into the “small world” of the micro- and nanoscales. Twelve students in today’s class had the unique opportunity to learn how to operate a scanning electron microscope (SEM), a powerful microscope used in many modern […]

Nanotechnology Inspires High-Tech Educators

The High Tech High (HTH) network of schools is infamous throughout Southern California for its high-quality, high-tech curricula. We were proud to join their science teacher cohort meeting today to let fellow educators know about all of our resources for STEM education. There was a lot of interest among HTH teachers, who envision their students tackling […]

LAUSD Adopts Omni Nano’s Digital Textbook

The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) is second‐largest school district in the nation, serving over half a million students each year. There has been a district‐approved nanotechnology elective course for a number of years. However, it has been difficult to instruct because there were no suitable educational materials available… until now! Enrolled LAUSD students […]

Students React to Summer Nanotechnology Institute

 A highly motivated group of students have just completed a Summer Nanotechnology Institute using Omni Nano’s digital textbook and standardized curriculum as well as NanoSchoolBox lab experiments. Eleventh-grade students at the Nazarbayev Intellectual School of Physics and Mathematics in Uralsk, Kazakhstan, were in for a special treat this summer. A joint effort between chemistry […]

Our nanotechnology course offered for the 3rd time at WLAC

West Los Angeles College (Culver City, CA) has offered, this Spring semester, our nanotechnology course for the third time. This semester we expanded the hands-on activities to include a lab with an atomic force microscope (AFM). Although the class meets for just 12 sessions, students have been acquiring specific STEM skills they’ll find useful for […]

SoCalGas Expands Partnership with Omni Nano

Omni Nano is thrilled to announce our extended partnership with SoCalGas. SoCalGas, which has been sponsoring our Discover Nanotechnology workshops since 2015, will now sponsor students in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) to learn nanotechnology with Omni Nano’s digital curriculum and textbook. This sponsorship will allow 200 high school students in the San Fernando […]

Hitachi Microscope Inspires WLAC Nanotech Class

Introduction to Nanotechnology students at West Los Angeles College (WLAC) had a unique opportunity in today’s class to learn how to operate a scanning electron microscope (SEM), a powerful microscope used in many modern labs. Students learned how to prepare samples, load them into a special vacuum staging area, and acquire images of their microscopic […]

Our digital textbook will be used in LAUSD classrooms.

The Los Angeles School District (LAUSD), the second-largest USD in America, has approved Omni Nano’s digital curriculum and textbook to instruct their “college preparatory course” in nanotechnology. LAUSD had a course called “Nano Tech AB” approved and listed among their “G” course (“college preparatory” courses), but it was not widely offered due to the lack […]

Over 1,000 Students Learning Nano Online

We are so honored to have over 1,000 students enrolled in our online STEM courses! Students from all over the world are engaged and excited to learn nanotechnology through our fun, free classes. Most learners in our English course are located in the United States and India, while our Spanish course has a strong attraction […]

Free Online Class Now Available in Spanish!

Omni Nano is proud to announce the launch of our second free online course! Now, half a billion new students in the Spanish-speaking world have access to nanotechnology at their fingertips. “Introducción a la nanotecnología” is the Spanish-language version of our popular MOOC (massive open online course), “Introduction to Nanotechnology.” Learn how you can help […]

Omni Nano Presents Digital Nanotechnology Textbook at HI-TEC

Omni Nano was invited to speak at the NSF-sponsored High Impact Technology Exchange Conference (HI-TEC), as part of the Micro & Nano Technology Education Special Interest Group (MNTeSIG). The MNTeSIG is a national leader in nanotechnology education, and it was an honor to be able to update the nano-education community about all of our exciting progress. […]

Welcome July Rincón to the Omni Nano Team

Please help us welcome Omni Nano’s newest team member, July Rincón! July is a bilingual Chemical Engineer from Colombia currently studying in Canada. As both the translator and the primary instructor for the Spanish-language version of our “Introduction to Nanotechnology” MOOC, July is “double trouble.” Although the bulk of our course translation is done with our proprietary […]

Presenting at the 2018 Digital Media Educators Conference

The annual Digital Media Educators Conference (DMEC) brings together community college professors from all over California on a common mission to add the latest developed tools to their teaching toolboxes. The DMEC highlights the importance of moving toward digital learning platforms to keep up with current and future demand. By 2025, the world’s population will […]

WLAC Nano Class Ends With a Bang!

Time for some bittersweet news! This semester’s Introduction to Nanotechnology class at West Los Angeles College (WLAC) has come to a close. Overall, the class did very well and was inspired to continue their nanotechnology/STEM education. It has been forecasted that nanotechnology will become a trillion-dollar industry and provide millions of well-paying jobs within the next couple […]

Hitachi Brings Unique STEM Experience to WLAC Students

Through a collaboration with the Hitachi Inspire STEM Education Program, Omni Nano’s Introduction to Nanotechnology students at West Los Angeles College (WLAC) were able to add an important skill to their résumé: operating a scanning electron microscope (SEM). We’re so glad WLAC President, Dr. Jim Limbaugh, had a chance to stop by and see this one-of-a-kind collaboration with […]

WLAC Students Visit USC-CEMMA, Tour Microscope Center

Nanotechnology students from WLAC visiting the USC-CEMMA. Here, students discuss sample imaging with a scanning electron microscope (SEM) with graduate students.   This afternoon, Introduction to Nanotechnology students from West Los Angeles College (WLAC) had the opportunity to examine advanced microscopes up close and personal at the Center for Electron Microscopy and Microanalysis (CEMMA) at the University […]

It’s RAINing SEM at WLAC!

Omni Nano’s Introduction to Nanotechnology course at West Los Angeles College (WLAC) is still going strong. This week, students were able to remotely access a scanning electron microscope (SEM) at Pennsylvania State University (AKA Penn State). Penn State’s unique program, Remotely Accessible Instruments for Nanotechnology (RAIN), allowed a dozen students in Los Angeles, CA, to inspect […]

Omni Nano Online – 500 Students Enrolled

Our first free massive open online course (MOOC) continues to attract new students, we are happy to report that after two months, we have over 500 engaged learners discovering nanotechnology through our platform. Although this course is designed for a high school audience, it is open to everyone. Learners of all ages from around the […]

Over 200 Engaged Online Learners

Exactly four weeks after our first free massive open online course (MOOC) went live, we are happy to report that we have over 200 engaged learners discovering nanotechnology through our platform. Although this course is designed for a high school audience, it is open to everyone – and our roster shows it. Learners of all […]

Free Online “Introduction to Nanotechnology” Class Available Now!

Omni Nano is thrilled to announce that we have launched our first free online class! “Introduction to Nanotechnology” is a short, self-paced course introducing the fundamentals of nanotechnology, including how it works, what its applications are, and how to continue your journey from nanotechnology education to professional career. This MOOC (massive open online course) is hosted […]

Omni Nano Attends the NSF’s Grantees in Nanotechnology Conference

Omni Nano had the pleasure of attending this week’s Nanoscale Science and Engineering Grantees: Progress in Nanotechnology Conference presented by the National Science Foundation (NSF) in Arlington, Virginia.  This year’s conference focused on the nanotechnology of both today and tomorrow, with some panels summarizing the status of modern nanotechnology and others forecasting the future of […]

Fall 2017 at UCLA – Introduction to Nanotechnology

We are excited to be returning for the Fall 2017 session at UCLA! Based on the success of our Fall 2016 class, Introduction to Nanotechnology is available again for students from all walks of life. Our mission to expand the understanding of Nanotechnology and its applications within our every day lives, continues to evolve through […]

Omni Nano Teaches First Nanotechnology Course at West LA College

Omni Nano is happy to have concluded teaching our first Introduction to Nanotechnology course at the West LA College. Students were highly engage and learned a lot about Nanoscience and its applications. In addition, the course was hands-on interactive, and we did experiments throughout the course for the students to get a better understanding of […]

nanoHUB’s Provides New Tools to Enrich Nanotech Curricula

nanoHUB visited Pasadena City College, in Pasadena, CA, to train a group of community college teachers on variety of nanotechnology simulation tools they have available on their website. These tools are useful for a dynamic learning approach by modeling the behavior of and the visualization of the properties of nanomaterials. Omni Nano participated in this […]

Nanotech Online Course at UCLA Extension for Spring 2017

Omni Nano Director and Founder Dr. Marco Curreli will be teaching a UCLA Extension Online Course in Spring 2017 called “Introduction to Nanotechnology.” The course will be focused on the fundamental scientific principles of nanomaterials and discuss how these nanomaterials can be engineered and used in functional devices and products for consumers. The curriculum has […]

ACS-Approved Bachelor’s Degrees in Chemistry now include Nanoscience Training

The American Chemical Society (ACS) Committee on Professional Training has approved new Guidelines and Evaluation Procedures for ACS approved bachelor’s degree programs in Chemistry to now require instruction on additional areas, including synthetic polymers, biological macromolecules, supramolecular aggregates, and mesoscale or nanoscale materials. Student exposure to variety of topics including nanoscale materials adds to the […]

West Los Angeles College Kicks off a Nanotech Program

Dr. Curreli was invited to West Los Angeles Community College (WLAC) in Los Angeles to discuss the possibility of offering a nanotechnology courses on campus, and eventually create a certificate program. We agreed to “test the waters” by offering a pilot course in Spring 2017. This pilot course will be valuable in informing us if WLAC […]

First Day of Class for Our “Introduction to Nanotechnology” Course at UCLA

Today was the first day of class for our new course at UCLA, and we are so excited for our students to learn more about nanoscience! We are using Canvas as Learning Management System (LMS) for our nanotechnology curriculum. The students had good time. Class will meet every Monday night for the next 12 weeks. […]

First Day of “Intro to Nanotech” at UCLA Extension

Dr. Curreli will be teaching a new course at UCLA Extension titled “Introduction to Nanotechnology,” a 4 unit course under the department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering. This course is an eye-opening, survey course designed to introduce nanotechnology to a broad audience of participants. First day of class is on Monday Sept 19th (6:00-9:00pm).

Our Nanotech Curriculum: “…the online course is phenomenal…”

We have been honored to work with Cathleen Woods, Science Teacher and STEM coordinator at the Cattaraugus-Allegany Career and Technical Education Center in Olean, Western New York. Mrs. Woods and her colleagues reach out to Omni Nano and asked to use our curriculum for a nanotechnology class they were about to launch. They used our […]

STEM Students Eager to Take Nanotech in High School

Students are eager to take a nanotechnology class in high school to stay up to date on the latest technologies and career options; Unfortunately, many high schools do not currently have a curriculum to fit these needs: Why students enjoy our materials: Omni Nano’s solution: Our nanotechnology curriculum can be used by any science teacher […]

Learn Nanotechnology on Your Mobile Platform!

Omni Nano is pleased that students are now learning nanotechnology on various mobile platforms, such as tablets and smart phones. They can learn the science and engineering concepts of nanotechnology by studying our Modules. Right after, they can apply and test their knowledge using our assignments. Student learning nanotechnology: Learning how scientists can manipulate atoms, […]

Finally, a Curriculum to Learn Nanotechnology!

Omni Nano is successfully challenging the “status quo” of boring science classes with a new, engaging, and high quality STEM curriculum, specifically designed for high school and community college students to learn nanotechnology. We believe with this curriculum we can inspire an entire generation of students to become scientists, engineers, inventors, and entrepreneurs of technology for […]

The Nanotech Curriculum Teachers Want: Omni Nano Delivers

You probably already know that Omni Nano’s nanotechnology curriculum is truly unique in that it is specifically tailored to students at the high school level.  But did you know that it’s also highly in-demand by teachers across the country and around the world? Take this Upstate New York science teacher, who was thrilled to find […]

Omni Nano Curriculum Ready for Beta-Testing

A beta version of our nanotechnology curriculum is ready for testing by third party educational institutions. “In the past 3-4 months, our team of volunteers have worked around the clock to revise slides and test the quizzes, to ensure the highest quality possible,” Dr. Curreli commented. He also added, “This curriculum is going to be […]

Omni Nano is back at Bresee with Popular Demand!

After the huge success of our first full-semester nanotechnology course at the Bresee Youth Center in Los Angeles, we are so excited to be invited back to introduce nanotech to another enthusiastic group of young learners! The Bresee Foundation has a 30-year history of providing comprehensive after-school programs and family services for underprivileged and underrepresented […]

The Bridges Program Brings a Nanotech Course to New West Charter High

The Bridges Program at New West Charter High School in Los Angeles brings a Nanotechnology course to their Science Curriculum, enriching student learning and expanding their knowledge beyond traditional science curricula. STEM education and the addition of a Nanoscience curriculum prepares and inspires students to pursue  STEM majors and future careers. Omni Nano’s Nanotechnology Curriculum […]

Our First Nanotech Course: The Bridges Program starts at 32nd Street School

Our first Nanotechnology course was launched as a part of the Bridges Program at the 32nd Street Magnet School at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. We were excited to work with the school and have them use our innovative and cutting edge curriculum for Nanotechnology. Students will learn about what nanotechnology is, its […]

Omni Nano Launches the “Curriculum Project” for Nanotech

Dr. Curreli and his team of illustrators, editors, and volunteers started on the Nanoscience Curriculum Project. The overall goal of this project is to provide a user-friendly, student-centered, curriculum to teach nanotechnology at the high school and college level. Dr. Curreli noted: “Nanotechnology is at the core of many innovative products and technologies, but it […]

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