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Establishing a K-12 nanotechnology program for teacher professional development

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4 Author(s)
Chih-Kuan Lee ; Inst. of Appl. Mech., Nat. Taiwan Univ., Taipei, Taiwan ; Tsung-Tsong Wu ; Pei-Ling Liu ; S. Hsu

Interest in science and engineering starts early. Opportunities need to be available for students to nourish their budding curiosity. In order to provide educational opportunities on the cutting edge of advanced technology, the National Science Council, Taiwan, R.O.C., established a nanotechnology program for K-12 teachers. Supported by the National Science Council and the Ministry of Education, the K-12 Nanotechnology Program was led by engineering faculty at National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan, R.O.C. In about two years, 169 schools participated in five regional programs. The teachers began the program knowing little about nanotechnology. Survey results showed that participating teachers' attitudes and interests toward learning about science and technology increased through the involvement in the project. Issues about sustaining the effort and reaching out to students are also discussed.

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IEEE Transactions on Education  (Volume:49 ,  Issue: 1 )