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Emerging Issues in Science: The Basics of Nanotechnology (P-12)

EDUC 600

This 3-credit continuing education graduate course has been carefully designed to provide basic background knowledge around an emerging issue in science – nanotechnology, as well as its theoretical base. Through this topic, we will also integrate the emerging topics of: The STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) Initiatives and 21st Century Skills.  The course will provide introductory information and readings on the topic of nanotechnology that will be helpful to teachers and/or citizens interested in keeping abreast of changes in our world.  The course will provide exemplary classroom activities and websites, as well as power points with accompanying notes and activities to the end that these strategies will positively affect student achievement. Course methodology will include a review of relevant research, power point lecture, resource study, and cooperative shared learning. Lots of ideas, materials, activities and strategies will be presented, shared, analyzed and evaluated to the end that the students of participants will benefit from higher achievement scores in science.


  1. The theoretical base for the course content.
  2. The basics of nanotechnology.
  3. Why you should care about nanotechnology.
  4. Ways in which nanotechnology is being used in our society.
  5. Why teaching STEM (which includes learning about nanotechnology) is important.
  6. How nanotechnology correlates to 21st Century Skills teachers implement in the classroom.
  7. Where to access excellent resources, power points, activities, and readings on the topic of nanotechnology, STEM, and 21st Century Skills.
  8. How to use course content to enhance student achievement.

Required Texts:

Ratner, M., & Ratner, D. (2003). Nanotechnology - A Gentle Introduction to the Next Big Idea. 
Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall Publishing.