Each summer, the Research Triangle Nanotechnology Network (RTNN) welcomes middle and high school teachers as well as community college educators to participate in its summer Research Experience for Teachers (RET) program: Atomic Scale Design and Engineering.
Up to eleven teachers will be selected to participate in research in nanotechnology labs at NC State, Duke and UNC-Chapel Hill or in an industry lab. Participants will work in small teams to conduct research in atomic scale design and engineering. Teachers will also gain hands-on experience in the cutting edge techniques and tools used in nanoscale science and engineering within RTNN facilities. Teachers will also spend time designing curricular materials to use in their classroom and will share these teaching materials during the program and after they return to their home institution. Participants will have weekly seminars focused on nanotechnology from RTNN faculty and industry leaders. Join us for an interesting summer learning about advances in research, getting involved in your own study and thinking about new ways to teach science and engineering. Please visit RTNN’s Lesson Plan page to see examples of lesson plans created by previous participants in the program.
The program lasts for 5 weeks (June 14 – July 16, 2021) with follow up during the academic year. Teachers will receive a $5,000 stipend for their work as an RET with additional funding available for curricular materials and travel for lesson plan/curriculum dissemination.The program is for U.S. citizens only and teachers must participate for the entire period of the program. Participants are required to attend all daily and weekly meetings, seminars, field trips and workshops.