Teaching teachers to teach nano-tech
Posted at: 10/04/2012 5:09 PM
| Updated at: 10/04/2012 6:25 PM
By: Mark Mulholland
MALTA - It was a hands-on class for students and the people who teach them.
Teachers from around the Capital Region got out of the classroom to learn a few lessons of their own.
"They might be able to become smarter and learn more about this and show the other students in a few years," said Lee Horne, a 5th Grader at Pine Hills Elementary in Albany.
The subject: Nanotechnology.
A topic that can strike fear in the hearts of veteran teachers who hadn't heard of it when they first began standing in front of a classroom.
"So we make it fun. We give them a hands-on activity," said Erin Crimmel, of the Northeast Advanced Technological Education Center or NEATEC. "If you don't teach the teachers what they need to teach their students, we're going to miss out."
This workshop is the first step toward giving teachers what they need to teach nanotechnology.
With funding from the National Science Foundation, the elementary teachers will get the materials from the experiments they experienced.
"Now this is your nano fabric. Now matter what you do, that water is not going to go anywhere," tells teachers from the Albany Public Schools.
Teachers learn that unlike cotton, the nano-fabric has such small, tightly packed atoms that liquid can't pass through. Teachers will take the lesson back to their classroom.
"I think we need to prepare these kids for the future," said Maureen Tricozzi, a 4th-grade science teacher at Pine Hills Elementary. "And that's what this is all about, is preparing them for the future."
Erin Crimmel agrees, "The goal today is to spark that career pathway. I want the girls and boys who leave here today knowing that an engineer is someone other than somebody that drives a train."