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Nanoscience Workshop for Teachers: Nanoscale Control of Wetting

January 23, 2021 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Nanoscale Control of Wetting: The superhydrophobic surfaces experiment blends elements from chemistry, biology, and physics to vividly demonstrate how the incorporation of nanoscale texture at a material’s surface can lead to dramatic changes in certain physical properties such as wettability. Students will learn basic concepts in surface chemistry and discuss emerging industrial applications for materials with these unique characteristics.

The Nanoscience Workshop for Teachers program demonstrates advanced nanoscience experiments on Saturdays throughout the academic school year for elementary, middle, and high-school teachers from across the greater Los Angeles area. The workshops are designed to give teachers the training and resources they need to implement nanoscience experiments in their own classrooms.

Our team of dedicated faculty, graduate students, and post-doctoral scholars begin each workshop by presenting teachers with a critical question related to the concept being introduced. Discussion then takes place around this scientific or nanotechnology concept, giving the teachers an opportunity to gauge their existing levels of knowledge on the topic. The teachers learn the experiment and the nanoscience concepts behind it during a hands-on lab. The activity concludes by revisiting the initial discussion from earlier in the day. They review the nanoscience concepts presented and work with their peers to determine where the concept will fit into their curricula, Next Generation Science Standards, and Common Core Standards.

Due to limited resources, kits will contain supplies for either 40 or 90 students depending on the teacher’s class. Priority for kit signups after the workshop will be given to the first 10 teachers who:

  1. confirmed their workshop registration.
  2. write a brief summary on how you will use the experiment in your curriculum.
  3. confirm the date(s) they plan to do the workshop with their class.

Current Schedule:

  • Oct 17, 2020 – Measurement at the Nanoscale
  • Nov 14, 2020 – Computational Nanoscience
  • Dec 12, 2020 – Tech Entrepreneurship
  • Jan 23, 2021 – Nanoscale Control of Wetting

PLEASE NOTE: This year experiments will be conducted live using Zoom video conferencing software due to social distancing requirements.


January 23, 2021
8:00 am - 12:00 pm
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California NanoSystems Institute
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