NanoAcademy

About NanoAcademy

NanoAcademy participants.

NanoAcademy is a series of one-day workshops for students to participate in STEM lessons designed by experienced teachers inspired by the ongoing research at Rice University, Arizona State University (ASU), and The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP). The main objective is to provide students with hands-on activities to build their conceptual understanding of Nanotechnology, while simultaneously strengthening their critical and analytical thinking skills in engineering. Career opportunities in STEM Engineering are also included as an additional means of exposure for both students and teachers participating in the academy.

Teacher participants from the Research Experience for Teachers (RET) internships work with graduate students and research scientists in innovative research laboratories to create the NanoAcademy lessons. Lessons are designed to allow students to experience grade-level appropriate lesson activities based on nanotechnology applications.


2022 NanoAcademy Program*

Workshop locations include: Rice University in Houston, TX; UTEP in El Paso, TX; ASU in Tempe, AZ; and Yale University in New Haven, CT. Lessons range from 5th-12th grade in level and cover a variety of topics, including water pollution & treatment, environmental science alternative forms of medicine, cells and much more!

Applications for all locations are now closed.

NanoAcademy is free for students who apply online. Students that arrive at the workshop without applying and submitting a signed agreement form will be turned away.

Breakfast will be provided for all students. Students can drive themselves, take public transportation, or be dropped off by parents/guardians. Parents/guardians can park and walk students up, but parking validations will not be provided for parents/guardians or students. Parents/guardians will NOT be allowed into the classrooms with students.

Workshop Locations and Information:

NanoAcademy at Rice University

Saturday, February 5, 2022

8:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. CST
Rice University
6100 Main Street, Houston, TX 77030

For Grades 7-10
Murder at the Solar Powered Desalinization Plant
This session aims to develop students' understanding of water treatment issues by creating a protocol in water analysis and creating an efficient solar desalination model.

For Grades 9-12
Cool Coatings
This session aims to deepen students' understanding of chemical and physical processes by synthesizing chemical coatings and regulating thermodynamic reactivity. By the end of this session, students will demonstrate their learning by developing a protocol to insert chemical coatings onto the surface of various building materials.

For Grades 10-12
Much More than Pretty Colors
This session aims to provide students with an engineering process to design, create and test nanocomposite hydrogels to replace the loss of minerals in bones in osteoporosis or bone tissue damage, and test the amount of solvent/solute in solutions. By the end of this session students will develop a nanocomposite network of alginate-based hydrogels and compare the amount of light absorbed by pure solvents.


Saturday, February 12, 2022

8:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. CST
Rice University
6100 Main Street, Houston, TX 77030

For Grades 5-6
Light Up Your Dyes: Exploring Bioluminescence and Fluorescence
The goal of this session is to deepen students' understanding of bioluminescence and fluorescent properties that help organisms survive harsh conditions. By the end of this session, students will be able to demonstrate their learning by providing evidence as to how their created organism will be able to survive harsh conditions of the deep-sea and understand the functions of fluorescence.

For Grades 7-8
Gusty Winds and Foam
The goal of this session is to deepen students' understanding of variables associated with Hurricanes and chemical reactions. Answering the questions of what causes a hurricane will be examined and the variables used to understand chemical reactions based on different catalysts. By the end of this session, students will be able to demonstrate their learning by testing different variables that influence weather events and reactivity in chemistry.

For Grades 9-12
Grow & Glow
The goal of this session is to deepen students' understanding of how matter grows by growing them in specific conditions that demonstrates the relationship between photosynthesis and cellular respiration for biotic factors and the relationship of wavelength of color and conductivity through crystallization formation for abiotic factors. By the end of this session, students will be able to demonstrate the flow of matter and energy through trophic levels and describe the relationship between colors and electron energy levels.

NanoAcademy at UTEP

Saturday, February 12, 2022

8:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. MST
The University of Texas at El Paso
500 W University Avenue, El Paso, TX 79968

For Grades 9-12
Molecules to the Rescue: Solutions at Work
This session extends students' understanding of molecular composition and properties by exposing them to real-world chemistry applications. By the end of this session, students will demonstrate their learning by analyzing and recognizing the importance of molecular composition and interactions.

NanoAcademy at ASU

Saturday, February 26, 2022

8:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. MST
Arizona State University-Tempe Campus
Tempe, AZ 85281

For Grades 5-10
Repurposing Common Household Items for Engineering Solutions
This session expands students’ understanding of electrical circuitry by building a free-standing device using at least one renewable resource. Students will use repurposed everyday household items and recyclables to create engineering solutions. This exploration includes electrical circuitry and water purification in two 90-minute engineering challenge.

NanoAcademy at Yale University

Saturday, March 5, 2022

8:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. EST
Yale University
New Have, CT 06520

For Grades 7-10
Cell Beach Party
This session aims to deepen students' understanding of the relationship between cell surface area and size by designing a system that is most effective in collecting materials. By the end of this session, students will demonstrate their learning by explaining how different sizes and shapes of cells help serve other functions.

Application

Eligible grade levels vary by activity. Please review the specific location activities and grade level before applying.

Registration for the workshops closes January 9, 2022. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance status no later than one week prior to the workshop. Space is limited, therefore, completing the registration process does not guarantee placement in the workshops.

Click Here to Apply

Applicants will be required to submit a signed release form with their registration.

Program Flyer

Below is copy of the NanoAcademy flyer. You can access a PDF version for download here.

NanoAcademy Flyer


NanoAcademy Administration

If you have any questions about NanoAcademy, you can contact the program leads.

Christina Crawford, M.S.Ed.
Associate Director for Science & Engineering
713-348-4761 | cc45@rice.edu

Isaias Cerda
Associate Director for Science Education & English Language Learners
713-348-3197 | ic19@rice.edu

*Program times, dates, locations, and compensation subject to change before the first day of the program.


NSF logo along with the four NEWT University logos, Rice University, Arizona State University, The University of Texas at El Paso, and Yale University.

Contact Information

Telephone: (713) 348-8211
Fax: (713) 348-3825
stem@rice.edu

Mailing Address

Office of STEM Engagement
Rice University
P.O. Box 1892, MS-7836
Houston, TX 77251-1892

Street Address

IBC Plaza Houston
5615 Kirby Dr.
Suite 730
Houston, TX 77005-2445