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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 […]

Partnership with Hitachi Enters Third Year

The partnership between the Hitachi Southern California Regional Community Action Committee (SCRCAC) and Omni Nano that’s inspiring local students in STEM is now entering its third year. As a company on the bleeding edge of new technologies, Hitachi understands the importance of educating the next-generation workforce. By supporting Omni Nano’s Discover Nanotechnology workshops and other […]

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 […]

Exclusive Interview with Dr. Mike Roco of the U.S. NSF

One of the many benefits of being a member of the NanoBCA, the NanoBusiness Commercialization Association, is the exclusive access to the biggest names in nanotechnology. This month, author Steve Waite sat down to interview Dr. Mihail “Mike” Roco, Senior Advisor for Science and Engineering with the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF). Steve Waite (SW): Thanks for taking […]

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 […]

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 […]

Hitachi Doubles Down with Additional Support for Omni Nano Workshops

Our Discover Nanotechnology workshops are in such a high demand that Hitachi awarded Omni Nano a supplemental sponsorship, effectively doubling the number of workshops we could deliver under their support. We are particularly grateful to the Inspire STEM Education Program of Hitachi High Technologies America for providing a portable Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) for our workshop participants to utilize. […]

Southern California Edison Continues to Inspire

Southern California Edison continues to lead the way in corporate responsibility. For the fifth year in a row, they have awarded Omni Nano with sponsorship to provide motivational STEM workshops to schools in Edison communities in the San Gabriel Valley. Our workshops have been very popular and we are excited to inspire even more local […]

Omni Nano Teams Up with University of Colorado for Google Marketing Challenge

Google coordinated a project between Omni Nano and Master’s students at the University of Colorado Boulder to improve our digital marketing campaign while honing students’ advertising skills. Through the Google Ad Grants Online Marketing Challenge, Omni Nano was paired with a diverse team of talented graduate students. The teams from CU and Omni Nano worked collaboratively to […]

Omni Nano Has Been Challenged! All Donations in 2018 Matched Dollar-for-Dollar

We are thrilled to announce that we have been challenged to raise $100,000 by the end of the year.  There has never been a better or more urgent time to support our mission! A private foundation is matching all donations received through December 31, 2018.  That means every dollar you donate will be doubled! But hurry: with such […]

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 […]

Busy Preparing our High-Tech Student Giveaways

  Omni Nano volunteers have been busy preparing new super-hydrophobic cloth samples, one of our popular workshop giveaways for students. Although the tiles look like typical pieces of cotton cloth, they are actually super water-resistant. Instead of soaking into the material, water beads up on their surface, unable to penetrate. No wonder they’re such a […]

Hitachi Developing Humanoid Robots as School Aides

Hitachi is developing humanoid robots that could aid in routine tasks at K-12 schools. The EMIEW3 (or “Excellent Mobility and Interactive Existence as Workmate”) can potentially mark attendance, patrol hallways, and even help tutor students. Based on Hitachi’s AI and other technologies, the prototype of EMIEW3 is auto-piloted, speaks, and uses cameras and other sensors for […]

Omni Nano at the USC Family Office Symposium

Omni Nano has been honored to attend the annual USC Family Office Symposium, now in its third year, since its inception. This symposium is an excellent opportunity to network with colleagues and mentors in philanthropy. Omni Nano offers a unique opportunity for philanthropists to leave a legacy that will inspire millions of students to come. […]

Partnership with Hitachi Brings Electron Microscope to Valencia High

Omni Nano is proud to announce our new collaboration with Hitachi, which will bring a powerful scanning electron microscope (SEM) into high schools’ classrooms, providing students with the rare opportunity to explore the world at the nanoscale. We started today at Valencia High School. Over the next several weeks, students in Valencia High’s nanochemistry classes will […]

New Workshops with LEGO-Inspired DIY Microscopes

Omni Nano is thrilled to announce our collaboration with Denmark-based microscopy company, Strømlinet Nano, a spin-off from the LEGO Foundation’s LEGO2NANO project. The LEGO2NANO project and Strømlinet Nano promote nanotechnology education by redefining play and re-imagining learning. The company produces LEGO-style, do-it-yourself (DIY) probe microscopes that can produce images of atomic surfaces, making it the most cost-effective nano-imaging tool in the […]

SoCalGas Continues to Support STEM Education

Thanks to our continued partnership with SoCalGas, Omni Nano will bring more STEM education to students of the San Fernando Valley. We are proud to be one of the few STEM guest speakers servicing Valley-area high schools, thanks to support from SoCalGas. As this is our third time partnering with SoCalGas, we can already anticipate that the […]

Omni Nano Recognized as Top Charity Accepting Bitcoin

At Omni Nano, we don’t just teach modern tech; we use it ourselves! Since our infancy we have been accepting cryptocurrency donations and we are thrilled to have been recognized in the news as a top bitcoin-accepting charity. So what is a cryptocurrency? It’s a digital form of cash that is securely decentralized, meaning it’s […]

Continued Partnership with Hitachi

We are proud to continue our partnership with Hitachi to bring more STEM education to schools that otherwise would not have the opportunity to learn about nanotechnology. Last year with Hitachi’s sponsorship, Omni Nano offered seven workshops at El Segundo High School. This year, we look forward to expanding our reach and working with other […]

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. […]

A Big Day of Nano at the 17th Annual NanoBCA Conference

It was a honor to speak for the fifth year in a row at today’s annual conference of the NanoBusiness Commericialization Association (NanoBCA). Being the only nonprofit organization with nanotechnology educational programs for high school and community college audiences, it is important for Omni Nano to regularly share the progress of our digital courses and online […]

Fourth Year of Northrop Grumman Partnership

We are honored to continue working with Northrop Grumman to bring more STEM education to the schools in their communities, including El Segundo and Redondo Beach. This is the fourth year of our partnership and we are so grateful for the opportunities that Northrop Grumman’s continued sponsorship will provide for local students. Most careers in […]

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 […]

Happy 100th Birthday to the Father of Nanotech!

Happy 100th birthday to Richard Feynman! The “Father of Nanotechnology” was born on this date in 1918, though the lessons he taught the world are timeless. Besides being a brilliant physicist and Nobel laureate, Feynman was constantly curious about the natural world about him. He was fascinated by ant trails, played the bongo drums, and was skilled at […]

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 […]

Speaking at the 2018 HI-TEC Conference in Miami

For the second year in a row, Omni Nano has been sponsored to participate in the High Impact Technology Exchange Conference (HI-TEC). This NSF-sponsored national conference on advanced technological education invites secondary and post-secondary educators, counselors, industry professionals, trade organizations, and technicians to update their knowledge and skills. This year, HI-TEC is turning up the heat: […]

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 […]

AFP Luncheon: Insigths from the Wells Fargo Foundation

Omni Nano had the pleasure of attending a luncheon hosted by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP). It’s always so empowering to be surrounded by like-minded organizations devoted to improving our communities! We were especially inspired by the Wells Fargo Foundation, which shares a mutual goal with Omni Nano to promote economic and workforce development through […]

Omni Nano to Present Again at NanoBCA Conference

Omni Nano got some great news in our inbox today! For the fifth year in a row, we have been invited to participate in the NanoBusiness Commercialization Association (NanoBCA)’s Annual Conference. We look forward to sharing Omni Nano’s progress with industry leaders in the nanotech community as well as representatives from our federal government. And […]

Looking Forward to Digital Media and Business Educators Conference

Omni Nano is looking forward to attending and presenting at the Digital Media and Business Educators Conference this June. Every year, this statewide conference brings together about 400 professionals across the digital spectra of both academia and industry, and we’re excited to be a part of it this year! Check out the abstract for our presentation below. For […]

Renewed Support from Northrop Grumman

As one of the top aerospace/defense companies, Northrop Grumman understands how important it is for Americans to be invested in their own STEM education. To ensure national security, much of their workforce must be US citizens — and at Omni Nano, we work hard every day to ensure that more and more Americans are exposed […]

Impressive Impact – 7,000+ Students, Just the Beginning!

Omni Nano is excited to share the progress we have made presenting our Discover Nanotechnology workshops with High School students in the greater Los Angeles area. From innercity Los Angeles, San Fernando to San Gabriel Valley, Santa Clarita to the South Bay, we have presented over 200 workshops to over 7,000+ inquisitive minds. We are […]

The Largest Internet Company of 2030 Will Be an Online School

According to futurist Thomas Frey, “by 2030 it’ll be a big deal when students learn from robot teachers over the internet.” Dr. Marco Curreli, Founder and Executive Director of Omni Nano, couldn’t agree more. Omni Nano was founded on the sole principle that nanotechnology education was not available to students at a high school level […]

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 […]

GuideStar Recognizes Omni Nano’s Commitment to Transparency

For the third year in a row, Omni Nano has been recognized as a GuideStar Platinum member for our commitment to organizational transparency. GuideStar encourages charitable giving by facilitating transparency among non-profit organizations. Our Platinum status puts us in the top 0.5% of non-profits, proving that we are indeed an open book. Click here to view our […]

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 […]

Edison Renews Support for STEM Education

As one of America’s largest energy companies, Southern California Edison has a deep understanding of the value of a well-trained STEM workforce. That’s why they’ve renewed their support for Omni Nano for the fourth year in a row. This year, their sponsorship will bring our fun, interactive nanotechnology workshops to high schools across the San […]

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 […]

Northrop Grumman Helps Inspire 280 Students

 With sponsorship provided by Northrop Grumman, 280 students at Bright Star Charter Academy and San Pedro High School were inspired by Omni Nano’s Discover Nanotechnology workshops. One of the highlights of the workshops were the super-hydrophobic cloths that students could win by answering questions correctly. The video above shows one of these student winners experiencing nanotechnology […]

Lakeview Charter High – NanoTech Enthusiasm

Thanks to the sponsorship of SoCalGas, Omni Nano presented 5 workshops at Lakeview Charter School to about 100 students. We received some fantastic feedback from some of the students: “What I learned is nanotechnology is manipulation of matter on atomic and molecular scales.” “My favorite thing was understanding the importance of nanotechnology and how MUCH […]

Thank You, Hitachi!

  Thanks to sponsorship from the Hitachi Southern California Regional Community Action Committee, Omni Nano was able to expose another 250 students to the exciting science of nanotechnology. Due to high demand, all of these sponsored workshops were presented at El Segundo High School in El Segundo, CA. This was our first grant form Hitachi […]

CNSI Workshop: Nanoscale Control of Wetting

On November 18th, CNSI High School Nanoscience Workshop focused on Nanoscale Control of Wetting. Participants engaged in the use of superhydrophobic materials, both in their natural and man made states. Hands-on experiments were taught and explained step-by-step, so teachers can recreate activities in their classroom. Teachers were given materials and supplies to take with them to perform […]

A Huge Vote of Confidence!

Omni Nano is excited to share the good news with all of you and we are filled with confidence! Thank you to all of our friends, colleagues, and benefactors who made our Confidence Challenge a huge success. And a special thanks to the Confidence Foundation for matching all of our donors’ dollar for dollar. With […]

SoCalGas Sponsors More Discover Nanotechnology Workshops

Omni Nano is honored to have the continued support of SoCalGas. Their sponsorship allows Omni Nano to present 10 Discover Nanotechnology workshops in high schools within the San Fernando Valley. “We expect to inspire at least 600 students who have probably never heard of nanotechnology. These workshops are an effective tool to help students understand […]

Confidence Foundation Grant Awarded to Omni Nano

Omni Nano is honored to be awarded a grant by the Confidence Foundation. “This milestone, accomplished by Omni Nano and our supporters, will allow us to take our mission to the next level and finalize our digital curriculum. I’m encouraged and excited for our continued progress in nanotechnology education! We look forward to a thriving relationship […]

New Series of 30+ Workshops – New Opportunities

Omni Nano is excited for our upcoming workshop series, thanks to the support of corporate sponsors like: Hitachi, Northrop Grumman, and So Cal Gas. “Educating young people about the exciting world of nanotechnology is our mission and we are so grateful to our corporate sponsors who help make this a reality,” Dr. Marco Curreli, Executive […]

Thank you NanoBCA members for supporting Education

Omni Nano is thankful to be a part of the NanoBCA community – and we are especially grateful for the fellow members who helped support nanotechnology education by making a donation toward our recent challenge/matching grant. The partnership you share with Omni Nano in bringing nanotechnology education into more schools, allows our community to make […]

Megan: “I have truly fallen in love with engineering”

I’m Megan Lee. I’m a 12th grader at Abraham Lincoln High School in San Francisco. “Since volunteering at Omni nano I have been able to to gain insight into the new discoveries and advancements in science. Volunteering has given me a broader view into all the STEM fields, but I have truly fallen in love […]

CNSI High School Teacher Training: Supercapacitors

Omni Nano proudly volunteered for the CNSI teacher training workshop on October 28, 2017. Over 20 high school teachers from the Greater Los Angeles Area participated in the workshop for the Nanoscience Program at UCLA California NanoSystems Institute on “supercapacitors.” Supercapacitors are a hybrid concept between a battery and a capacitor. These devices store charges/energy […]

4th Year at the Adelante Young Men Conference

For the fourth consecutive year, Dr. Marco Curreli of Omni Nano presented at the Adelante! Young Men Conference. Dr. Curreli’s workshop, titled Nanotechnology: You and Your Future, highlighted the revolutionary advancements that are being made through Nanotechnology within numerous industries. AYM provides young men with tools for personal and professional growth, challenge them to raise […]

Legacy Property Series’ First Event: The Culver Hotel

We were honored to have been included in the audience of the premiere event of the Legacy Property Series at the Culver Hotel in Culver City, CA. The event was hosted by Drs. Carolyn Friend and Jamie Weiner of Inheriting Wisdom and Jeff Gould of Lineage Asset Advisors, featuring special guest Maya Mallick (owner of The […]

Omni Nano has a new sponsor: Nanotronics!

We have a new sponsor: Nanotronics! Nanotronics is an innovative nanotechnology company based in New York. Nanotronics combines optical microscopy, computational super-resolution, artificial intelligence, and robotics, offering the world’s most advanced microscopes to numerous manufacturing sectors. Dr. Curreli says that “Nanotronics is an ideal partner for Omni Nano. They are an advanced nanotech company that […]

1st Nanoscience Workshop of 2017-18 CNSI: Biotoxicity

Omni Nano is excited to be volunteering at CNSI/UCLA Nanoscience teacher training for the fourth consecutive year. The first workshop of the series focused on “Biotoxicity,” teachers were given materials to show how certain nanoparticles have anti-bacterial/anti-microbrial properties. Each participating teacher received materials and supplies to take home to perform the lab activity in their classrooms! […]

Hitachi Cares Through Community Action Committee

Omni Nano is proud to announce our new partner, Hitachi, through their Southern California Regional Community Action Committee (SCRCAC). Hitachi’s founder Namihei Odaira abided by a slogan that remains posted at the first Hitachi Factory site: “The most important value is to live and work in harmony.” When Omni Nano teaches students about the real world […]

CNSI NanoScience Workshop Schedule

Omni Nano wants to share the CNSI NanoScience Teacher Workshops 2017-2018 schedule with you. Omni Nano was created to reach an underserved population of nanotech students and teachers. It’s great to know that the CNSI is also focusing on this important mission. View the labs schedule directly on the CNSI’s website:  https://cnsi.ucla.edu/schedule-2017-18/ “It’s great to see […]

Wells Bring Hope – Wells Spring Education

Omni Nano supports Wells Bring Hope, an organization that drills water wells in the poorest country on Earth: Niger. In developing nations young girls are impacted the greatest because they are the water bearers for their families. They have had to forego their education in order to spend hours a day collecting unsafe water for their […]

The challenge of defining nanotechnology to a broad audience

  We are often asked to define nanotechnology by people who perhaps took a science class 20+ years ago, and this has proven to be a challenging task. One frequent problem is that people may have heard the term ‘nano’ but never understood its true meaning. Omni Nano has created a practical approach to define […]

Omni Nano makes the Top 50!

  Omni Nano was informed today that we have been named one of the Top 50 Nanotechnology Blogs on the web, by Feedspot. This is no small accomplishment and we are excited to share this news with you! “I would like to personally congratulate you as your blog Omni Nano has been selected by our […]

You won’t believe how much your finances rely on STEM!

Even if you have no personal interest in a STEM career, know that your daily financial life is highly impacted by STEM research and applications. Don’t believe us? Check out how the banking and finance industry heavily relies on science, technology, engineering, and math! Have you noticed the changing face of American money? Anti-counterfeiting security […]

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 […]

Is this all we have to teach nanotechnology in high school?

At Omni Nano, we have been developing educational resources specifically designed to teach nanotechnology at the high school level. We’ve been searching for textbooks that teach nanotech to 11th and 12th graders, and this is all we have found?! While there are a number of books that speak to the subject, none are suitable to […]

Nanotechnology Education Workshops Featured at HI-TEC Conference

This week, Omni Nano was invited to attend the High Impact Technology Exchange Conference (HI-TEC) in Utah, sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF)’s Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program.  The 4-day conference included several workshops focused on nanotechnology education in which we were delighted to participate.   Monday kicked off with the invitation-only Critical Issues and […]

We Have Been Challenged!!

Omni Nano has received a “next level” opportunity through a Challenge Grant, in the amount of $25,000, from the Confidence Foundation (Whittier Trust Family Office). This grant will enable us to expand our outreach and inspire more students!! While the deadline for this Challenge is October 2017, the Confidence Foundation will fund Omni Nano as […]

TED Talks – No Subject Too Small

TED Talks have created the unique opportunity to expand our knowledge of the human experience and the way we impact the world and the universe we are a part of.  More and more Talks are available to educate the masses on Nanotechnology and its numerous applications, ranging from highly targeted cancer treatments, water purification systems […]

Engaging With Visionary Entrepreneurs

Dr. Marco had the opportunity to be inspired and challenged at METal’s weekly presentation with featured guest John Paul DeJoria. The twice homeless, entrepreneur and billionaire has found success through producing high quality consumer products (food and beverage, personal care and technology), while being a responsible steward of the environment. His personal motto is “Success Unshared […]

Northrop Grumman Hands-On Engineering Info Fair

Omni Nano presented at Northrop Grumman’s annual “Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day” at the Hands-On Engineering Info Fair on June 23, 2017. This year over 800 children, ranging from elementary to seniors in high school, registered to participate with their parents. We were excited to have one of our top youth ambassadors […]

Highlights from the 2017 NanoBCA Conference

  The 16th Annual Conference of the NanoBusiness Commercialization Association Conference (NanoBCA) just took place (June 15, 2017) at the law firm K&L Gates in Washington, DC. Dr. Marco Curreli, Executive Director of Omni Nano and Director of Nanotechnology Research at Gamma Alloys, moderated the entire event and updated the nanotech business community on the […]

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 […]

Omni Nano Goes Platinum on GuideStar NonProfit!

Omni Nano is excited to announced that we have achieved a Platinum Level GuideStar Nonprofit profile. This means our profile is up to date and is transparent in our goals and finances; Omni Nano’s information will reach the 7+ million annual visitors and more than 180 sites and applications that use GuideStar. This also means […]

Northrop Grumman Renews Support for Nanoscience

At Omni Nano, we are very excited that Northrop Grumman Corporation (NGC) continues to support our nanoscience programs, and thus STEM programs in the schools of our communities, by renewing their annual Corporate Grant. We are happy that we can continue to bring exciting and interactive workshops to students interested in STEM and expose them […]

Received the Highly Popular Water-Repelling Samples from Ultra Tech

Omni Nano would like to thank Ultra Tech International for always supporting our workshops and always inspiring kids through their highly popular nanotech-coated samples. Today we have received these superhydrophobic fabric that we will be giving away at the 28th Annual Chicano/Latino Youth Conference at the University of California Riverside on April 29, 2017! The students always […]

Omni Nano Will Present at NanoBCA Conference in DC!

Omni Nano is excited to return to the NanoBusiness Commercialization Association’s (NanoBCA) 16th Annual Conference in Washington DC on June 15, 2017! We will be presenting in the afternoon schedule and are honored to be listed as presenters along with various Nanotech companies. Omni Nano will be interacting with leaders of the Nanotechnology industry and […]

Omni Nano Interview as an Expert in Future Education by Exponential Investor

Omni Nano was interviewed by the Exponential Investor as an expert in future education. We were delighted to talk about future careers and jobs that this generation of STEM students will be able to create and maintain. We are excited that our Nanoscience curriculum and online programs will aid and revolutionize the future of STEM education […]

Students Taking Nanoquizzes are Enjoying Omni Nano’s Gadgets

An engaging part of our workshop is the “nano quiz,” where students have fun answering questions related to the topics presented during the workshop. Often times, the hosting teachers give students extra credit points for taking our quiz. Our education team then grades the quizzes and submit the scores to the hosting teachers. Every 30 […]

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 […]

Bright Future for Students at STEM Hub Business-Education Partnerships Summit

Today, Omni Nano attended the L.A. Regional STEM Hub Business-Education Partnerships Summit, that was hosted in partnership with the Tiger Woods Foundation and the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce at the Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, CA. The STEM Hub aims to strengthen schools and the future of STEM students by supporting business-education […]

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 […]

2016 Nominee at the Patrick Soon-Shiong Innovation Awards

The Patrick Soon-Shiong Innovation Awards in Los Angeles is always a great venue to learn more about the innovative work going on in the Los Angeles Area, from Dr. Pat’s family of companies, NantWorks, to many other emerging businesses. It was a honor to be finalist for two years in a row, in 2014 and […]

Omni Nano hosts 150 Nanotechnology Workshops

With our recent visit to Valencia High School in Valencia, CA, Omni Nano has now hosted 150 workshops for STEM students in Greater Los Angeles Area, Southern California, and Texas, Washington D.C., and New York! Our interactive and hands-on demonstrations allow students to apply what they learn and better understand nanoscience and its importance. We […]

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 […]

Northrop Grumman Renews its Support for Nanotech Program

After the success of the grant supporting our Nanotechnology Program in 2015, we are excited that Northrop Grumman renewed its support to Omni Nano for the next academic year. Northrop Grumman continues to give schools in underrepresented areas the resources and funds to be able to expand their curricula and learn about nanotechnology.  

Omni Nano’s Recent Impact in STEM Education

During the first half of 2016, we have: Partnered with UCLA to offer a nanotechnology course through their extension program, starting in the fall 2016 (first day of class: Mon, Sept 19th). Presented more and more of our Discover Nanotechnology workshops, for a total of 145 workshops in 66 different institutions, inspiring over 5,000 students […]

Omni Nano has Inspired Over 5,000 students in STEM!

Since the inception of our Discover Nanotechnology Program in the fall 2013, this program has been growing exponentially! As of July 2016, we have offered 145 workshops and inspired over 5,000!! We have worked with 66 schools, after school programs, and youth conferences. We have been invited to go back by every institution visited!   […]

Insights on Next Generation Philanthropy from the Pros

First Foundation hosted an informative seminar to educate interested attendees on family philanthropy, foundations, and donor advised funds at the Tuck Room in Westwood, CA. Today’s seminar focused on issues related to involving the next generation in the family foundation, which might have been created by parents or grandparents based on their mission, vision, and values. […]

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 […]

Omni Nano Nominated for Leadership Excellence NonProfit Award for 2nd Year

Omni Nano was nominated by the Los Angeles Business Journal for the second year in a row for the NonProfit Awards, under the category of Leadership Excellence, that took place at the Millenium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles. The Award Ceremony was a great venue to network with peers in the non-profit community, as well […]

What is the State of STEM in LA County?

Omni Nano participated in the State of STEM 2016, an annual event organized by STEM Hub, a division of the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce, in Los Angeles, CA. We shared the table with the Corporate Citizenship Managers from Northrop Grumman Corporation and the Community Development Specialists from Microsoft. It was great to chat with […]

Omni Nano Presents at the 15th Annual NanoBCA Conference

This year, the nanotechnology community met in New York City for the Annual Conference of the NanoBusiness Commercialization Association (NanoBCA) at Akerman LLP. The conferences was led by Scott Livingston (CEO of Livingston Securities) and Vincent Caprio (Executive Director of NanoBCA and Board Member of Omni Nano). This was a great opportunity for Omni Nano […]

Learning About Investment Opportunities at the Global Family Office Summit

The Global Family Office (GFO) Summit started today at the Monterey Plaza Hotel in Monterey, CA! This event brings together the executives and decision-makers from family offices, fund investors, and private and public companies for a two-day focused discussion on investment opportunities, philanthropy, and other issues related to wealthy families. This event was produced by […]

A “Nano” lecture at the Lido Investment Symposium

Omni Nano offered a “nano” lecture during the breakout sessions on the third day of the 11th Annual Lido Investment Symposium in Santa Monica, CA.  We had an audience of about 40 people who enjoyed discovering the numerous applications of nanotechnology and its impact in the STEM field and careers!

Omni Nano Engages Family Offices with Nanotech Gadgets

Omni Nano was given the opportunity to exhibit at the 11th Lido Family Office Investment Symposium in Santa Monica, CA, where the directors of Family Offices receive tips on investment options. We had many people stopping by at our table, curious about what nanotechnology is and some of its potentials in STEM and available careers.

Nanotech Workshop Partnership with Freeport McMoRan Oil & Gas

We are so excited to receive the support of Freeport McMoRan Oil & Gas to deliver 10 workshops to about 350 students in the schools surrounding their mining sites. We’ll focus on the applications of nanotechnology to the oil and gas industry as well as environmental preservation.

Exponential Technologies can Change the World…but Where is Nanotech?

What a great experience to learn about exponential technologies at Singularity University’s Executive Program in Silicon Valley, CA. Exponential technologies are technologies that are rapidly growing and have the potential to disrupt entire industries. These technologies include virtual currency (bit coin), asteroid mining, nanotechnology, and artificial intelligence, to name a few. Surprisingly, the program did not […]

Omni Nano Gives Our 100th Workshop for Nanotechnology

For today’s workshops, we were hosted by Mr. Nino, a physics teacher we met at UCLA during the nanoscience teacher training, at the Bright Star Charter Academy in Los Angeles, CA.  We offered two workshops to a total of 65 students. This was a special occasion for two reasons: 1) We got to present our […]

Omni Nano Mentioned in the LABJ after the Innovation Awards

Following the Patrick Soon-Shiong Innovation Awards in Los Angeles, CA, the Los Angeles Business Journal published a supplemental article featuring the five winners and the rest of the finalists. They published a half page story about Omni Nano and its founder, Dr. Marco Curreli. For the entire article, click here (Omni Nano is on page […]

Inspiring the Boys & Girls Clubs with Nanotech at the Teen Summit

It’s always great to inspire the kids of the Boys & Girls Clubs. This time, we had an exhibition table at their Teen Summit that was held at UCLA. We asked Kaiden, one of our high school volunteer students to help. He is only 14 years old and can already explain nanotechnology to his peers […]

2015 Patrick Soon-Shiong Innovation Awards Breakthroughs and Highlights

  “It was truly a honor to be recognized and included among the top innovators for the second year in a row,” Dr. Curreli expressed in the opening of his presentation at the 2015 Patrick Soon-Shiong Innovation Awards in Los Angeles, CA. The event, hosted by the Los Angeles Business Journal, recognizes the implementation of […]

STEMStarts Now for 1000 Students

We participated in the STEMStarts Festival, exhibiting nanotechnology alongside other STEM projects about the oceans, solar cells, and even going to Jupiter. A whopping 1000 students came by over the course of the 2-day event at West LA college in Culver City, CA. In our booth, we taught students about super-hydrophobic surfaces and nanocoatings. Everyone loved […]

Increasing Awareness in Nanotechnology Among Distinguished Professionals

We are now “veterans” of the Original Mixer, a great networking event organized by the Los Angeles Consulting Group (LACG) and Proactive Business Solutions, among others. This is our 4th time we are the highlighted charity. Over 500 people attended the event at the Luxe Hotel in Los Angeles, CA; many stopped at our table […]

Lights, Camera… “Nano” – Omni Nano Video Interview for LA Business Journal

The video crew of Counterpart Media came to our office today in Los Angeles to shoot a video interview on the behalf of the Los Angeles Business Journal. This video will be used to introduce Omni Nano at the 2015 Patrick Soon-Shiong Innovation Awards dinner ceremony.

Discover the Power of STEM by Visiting Omni Nano at the STEMStarts Festival

We will be joining the STEMStarts Festival on Nov 13th and 14th with an exhibit on nanotechnology. Thanks to sponsorship from the Beverly Hills branch of Manufacturers Bank we can bring our “Learn Nano” spirit to the thousands of kids that attend the Festival School Day on Friday, November 13th and the families invited to […]

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 Founder Honored at Nonprofit & Corporate Citizenship Awards

Omni Nano’s Executive Director, Dr. Marco Curreli, was nominated for the Nonprofit Leadership Excellence Award at the 5th annual Nonprofit & Corporate Citizenship Awards at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles. These awards are organized by the Los Angeles Business Journal to recognize professionals and organizations that continue to make a positive impact […]

Omni Nano Receives Grant from Northrop Grumman

Global security leader Northrop Grumman makes it its mission to be at the forefront of technology and innovation, relying on a highly skilled employee base of STEM experts to do so. They understand that a critical step in building a diverse employee pipeline is making science and math fascinating and applicable for K-12 students — […]

Representing #NanoEd at the White House

  Omni Nano participated to the White House Forum on Small Business Challenges to Commercializing Nanotechnology, organized by the National Economic Council and the Office of Science and Technology Policy in Washington D.C. At this Forum, important initiatives related to nanotechnology were launched, ranging from education to workforce development to commercialization. “It’s important to see […]

Omni Nano Attends 15th Annual NanoBCA Roundtable in D.C.

Omni Nano participated to the 15th Annual NanoBCA Roundtable in Washington D.C. on May 19-20, 2015. We attended to represent K-12 education at this gathering of the nanotechnology community. “This is the second year we participated in the Roundtable. I have always been impressed by the updates and enthusiasm of fellow professionals in the nanotech […]

Omni Nano Exhibition at National Nanoscale Education Conference in D.C.

The 2014 Nanoscale Science and Engineering Education (NSEE) conference, funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), was held this week in Washington, D.C. at the Westin Arlington Gateway. Omni Nano was proud to be invited to present an informational exhibition about Omni Nano; our partners at the UCLA California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI) were proudly represented […]

Omni Nano is Making Headlines Again in LA Business Journal

Omni Nano and its founder, Dr. Marco Curreli, have been featured in today’s Los Angeles Business Journal. It’s such an honor to be included in the Journal’s write-up of last week’s 2014 Patrick Soon-Shiong Innovation Symposium and Awards. The article aptly describes Omni Nano as “innovation-driven” and goes on to explain its mission and vision.

Omni Nano Honored as Finalist at 2014 Patrick Soon-Shiong Innovation Awards

Dr. Marco Curreli, Kathleen, and Gina were delighted to represent Omni Nano at yesterday’s 2014 Patrick Soon-Shiong Innovation Awards Symposium and Dinner in Los Angeles.  It was an honor to be named one of the 15 finalists for the prestigious “Oscars of Innovation,” presented in partnership with the Los Angeles Business Journal. The reception hall was […]

Omni Nano Inspires Over 450 Students in 14 workshops in 2014-15 Academic Year

In the 2014-15 academic year, Omni Nano conducted 14 workshops and reached over 450 students. Hooray! We hope to continue expanding and hosting workshops at schools across Greater Los Angeles Area and the country, to inspire creative and innovative thinking, as well as help prepare the future workforce! Our Nanotech Workshops add to college and […]

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 […]

Social Entrepreneur Spotlight on Omni Nano

The Los Angeles chapter of Acumen, a nonprofit investment organization which seeks to create a world beyond poverty, announced its new Social Entrepreneur Spotlight series this week – and our founder, Dr. Marco Curreli, was the first to be nominated. What an honor! We are excited our hard work on spreading Nanotechnology education is gaining […]

Omni Nano Premieres Revolutionary “Discover Nanotechnology” Workshop

Omni Nano premiered its revolutionary “Discover Nanotechnology” workshop today to the Nano Club at Taft High School in Woodland Hills!  Over 40 students attended the introductory presentation and were excited to learn more about how this field of nanoscience is accelerating and improving current technologies! We are happy to start our pursuit in educating and inspiring […]

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 […]

Dr. Marco Curreli Founds Omni Nano

Today, Omni Nano was incorporated in the State of California as a non-profit, public benefit corporation. “This is the beginning of a long journey,” says Dr. Curreli, Omni Nano’s founder. He added: “We are on a path to provide educational resources to teach nanotechnology to possible million of high school students and college undergrads with […]

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