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

EDUC 600




Instructor: Jeanine Gelhaus

Grading: Letter

Spring, Summer & Fall (Ongoing)

Instruction Mode: Internet-Asynchronous (Online Class)

Academic Level: K-12 Professional Development

Course Fee: $695

Course Description:

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.

About The Instructor

Jeanine Gelhaus
Jeanine Gelhaus

Jeanine Gelhaus earned her M.S. in Natural Resources/Environmental Science from the University of Wisconsin, Steven's Point. Her B.S. in Elementary Education/Middle Level Education is also from the University of Wisconsin, Steven's Point. Jeanine is NBPTS certified in Early Adolescent Science. Jeanine has over 15 years of experience in teaching, including international experiences.

Special Instructions:

This course will not be offered Summer 2014.

**Registration Instructions:

A minimum $20 processing fee will be assessed per person for cancellations received after the start of the course. Refunds are not issued after the start of the course or after access to the course has been provided.