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“Techtober” Brings Nanotechnology Instruction to Virginia's Teachers

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October is “Techtober” in Virginia and the National Nano Initiative, MathScience Innovation Center, and Virginia Department of Education have partnered to offer a Web meeting on October 14th for teachers to explore “Nanotechnology: Applications, Educational Pathways & Resources.” This web meeting will be from 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. and will offer teachers information about the field of nanotechnology, applications, teaching resources and opportunities.

Virginia has been recognized as a leader in incorporating nanoscience concepts into the 2010 Science Standards of Learning and Curriculum Framework. “The Commonwealth looks for applications of science, such as nanoscience and nanotechnology, that meaningfully fit into what students should know and be able to do and help them consider the growing fields of science,” explains Eric Rhoades, Director of Science and Health Education.

Teachers are encouraged to join the web meeting to learn more. Here’s how:

1. At the scheduled time, click on this link:

2. After connecting to the webinar, follow the directions on the screen to join the audio portion of the conference. You will be prompted to either:

  • Enter your phone number and allow the webinar system to call you; or
  • Dial the toll-free number of (877)336-1828 or the caller-paid number of (404)443-6396 and enter the Meeting Access Code of 8437297#.

For more information about Nanotechnology in Virginia Schools check out this Science Matters Videos following 2 MathScience Innovation Center Nano Fellows as they implement their training in their classrooms.


The Virginia Department of Education lists teaching materials for nanotechnology: Introduction to Nano Video; What is Nanotechnology (video);;; MRSEC Education Group: Nanotechnology; Nanotechnology Lesson Plans; and

Additional resources can be found at the Virginia’s CTE Resource Center site.