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 by its Director of Education and good friend, Dr. Jia Ming Chen.
After the public exhibitions yesterday afternoon, Dr. Chen and Dr. Curreli joined the evening K-12 education roundtable, where we discussed the current state of nanoscale education in the U.S. as well as plans to tackle major challenges and expand its reach. A key takeaway from our discussion was the need to put students in charge of their education by teaching them to think critically, rather than simply telling them what to memorize, a core principle on which Omni Nano’s curriculum is founded.
One of the highlights of the conference was being invited to write a chapter for Springer’s upcoming publication about the current global state of nanoscale education based on our demonstrated excellence in quality. We look forward to working closely with Dr. Bharat Bhushan, a Howard D. Winbigler Professor at Ohio State University and the Director of its Nanoprobe Laboratory, and Dr. Kurt Winkelmann, Associate Professor at the Florida Institute of Technology and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Nano Education, to fulfill this exciting opportunity.