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Why Nano Education?

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As the Education and Outreach Coordinator for the U.S. National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network (NNIN), I am often asked why there is a need for "nano-education." Questions arise asking if nanoscale science and engineering is truly a separate field of study; are we creating another layer in our educational system, or can nanotechnology be infused into our current science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) educational system? These questions become particularly important when put in the context of the U.S. K–12 educational system, which already has content standards that must be addressed at each grade level.

Keywords: EDUCATION; NANOTECHNOLOGY; WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT

Document Type: Short Communication

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1166/jne.2009.004

Publication date: March 1, 2009

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  • The Journal of Nano Education (JNE) is a peer-reviewed international journal that aims to provide the most complete and reliable source of information on current developments in nanoscale science, technology, engineering, and medical education.
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