ASU Hosts “Hands-on” Nanoscience Summer Workshop for High School Teachers

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By ASU News Services

nanoAlabama State University’s U.S. Dept of Education MSEIP Program conducted a one-day workshop on June 27, for ten high school STEM teachers from Montgomery and Lowndes County public schools.

The workshop, which was co-sponsored by the National Science Foundation Espcor (UAH) grant RII Track 1: CPU2AL, offered attendees a stimulating scientific experience in Nanobiotechnology and Plasma science.

Dr. Komal Vig, professor of Biology, serves as the PI of MSEIP and EPSCOR program at ASU said the primary goal of this workshop was to enhance the skills of science teachers by introducing them to scientific concepts underlying nanobiotechnology, Plasma Science, Tissue Engineering, Phage technology, Developmental Biology and more.

“Teachers gained “hands-on” experience and learned about new and emerging areas of research and recent innovative developments in the field of nanoscience,” Vig said. “The
workshop will enable teachers to bring nanoscience and related fields to their classrooms to introduce and motivate their students to pursue careers in research.”nano

Teachers received a stipend of $100 for participating in the workshop training, which included a nanoscience seminar, demonstrations and “hands-on” experience with Plasma science, nanotechnology, hydrogels, 3D printing, Phage technology, embryology, and more. This was the fourth year this workshop was hosted by ASU.

Vig, along with Dr Edward Thomas, Co-Pi on Espcor (UAH) grant RII Track 1: CPU2AL at Auburn University and his graduate student, facilitated the Plasma technology part of the workshop.

For more information, contact Dr. Komal Vig at komlavig@alasu.edu.