CNSI creates multidisciplinary education and training opportunities that supplement and enhance traditional degree programs and classroom curricula to prepare a new generation of science leaders who will apply science to emerging global challenges. For nearly a decade, CNSI has collaborated with a dedicated group of UCLA researchers to create academic courses, workshops, professional development and training opportunities that engage the educators of today and students who will become the scientists of tomorrow.
Applications of Nanoscience
This rigorous and fun course is designed for high school students to learn the basics of pursing a scientific research project. As a model students explore few important applications of nanoscience in hands-on experiments, learn the basics of reviewing existing scientific literature, and go through the process of proposing a group research project in pursuit of new scientific data.
This one-week, hands-on, science learning opportunity for high school students focuses on scientific imaging, a topic that is typically only accessible in an advance college level course. Specifically, students explore three key microscopy techniques for nanoscience research: fluorescence microscopy, scanning probe microscopy, and electron microscopy.
This exclusive summer workshop is for high school students interested in advanced science and technology. During this five day program, students have the unique opportunity to explore questions similar to those currently investigated by the scientific community through hands-on experiments that combine vigorous scientific methodologies and techniques with projects that are both fun and exciting.
Teams of high school students – with a teacher leader and UCLA graduate student mentor – are invited to create cutting-edge design and technology prototypes for business proposals based off of CNSI’s High School Nanoscience Workshop Series. The teams are given the opportunity to apply their learning to create feasible technology designs, offering them valuable training and experience in the technology innovation process. The top 3 winning teams are selected by a jury of UCLA professors and LA business professionals.
During this intensive 2-week program, students make connections between cutting edge scientific research, popular culture and contemporary arts. Through historical retrospective, surveys of current art-science collaborations as well as science fiction movie screenings, students are exposed to the interface of science, art and culture with a focus on multi-disciplinary collaborations that explore the possibilities and implications of technological innovation.