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Education: Nanoeducation On-line: Remote Access Tools and Capabilities

SNF and other NNIN sites are developing and utilizing many different web-based tools and capabilities to help with education programs and projects. These include remote access to microscopes and other nanotechnology characterization equipment, webcam links to cleanrooms and research activity, simulation tools, process and equipment data bases, and training and nanotechnology education videos.


Links to remote web cameras at various NNIN sites:

  1. Stanford (SNF)
  2. Georgia Tech

Computer screen capture showing 3 windows: one of researcher is Utah, one of SNF researcher in bunny suit in SNF clean room and one of image of circuit with inset showing microscope at SNF.

 

While many of these web-based tools are being developed for researchers who use SNF and the other NNIN fabrication and charaterization facilities, NNIN is taking advantage of the power of the web to assist in nanotechnology education and outreach These tools will allow both prospective users and students who may have no formal ties to NNIN to be able to explore and try out some of the capabilities and tools of the NNIN sites.

 

 

Education Projects Utilizing Web Tools:

 

1.NanoLeap and NanoTeach programs
In these curriculum development and professional development programs, high-resolution web-cameras and our SNF cleanroom cams are used to give live demonstrations of nanotechnology processing and characterization equipment, such as Atomic Force Microscopes and SEM's, as well as live tours of NNIN cleanrooms to high school teachers and classes.

Three researchers at SNF giving remote demo of AFM showing microscope, computer and webcam.

 

2. REU
We have also used remote access tools in NNIN's REU program. These have included:

 

A. Students making use of SNF's remote user tools to interact with REU students at other NNIN sites. For example, an REU student at SNF gave a live web presentation of her work on DNA in Prof. Jim Plummer and Dr. Peter Griffin’s group to REU students at UCSB working on a similar project. She then gave a demonstration of her experiment in which the wetting properties of a liquid are changed by applying a voltage. The students at UCSB could watch the experiment in live-action over the web and discuss the procedure and results with the people at Stanford.

 

B. Webcasting and archiving the NNIN REU Annual Convocation.

 

C. Having video-conferences between different REU sites in which REU students share their research results and experiences with each other.

REU student performing demo next to phone. Image showing surface of liquid in demo.
REU student in front of screen with slides giving talk to audience of students. There is a monitor in the upper front corner of the room showing the student and screen.