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Education and Outreach Highlights From 2022


JSNN hosted Nano Night, a new outreach activity organized by Dr. Kristen Dellinger. This program is dedicated to local Boy Scouts and Troop 216 leaders to learn about scientific principles through nanotechnology.

Find Your STEM Conference

In March, JSNN hosted the Find Your STEM conference for girls in grades 6 through 12 in collaboration with the American Association of University Women.  The event consisted of excellent speakers, panel discussions with female undergraduate and graduate students, and breakout sessions hosted by near-peers.

Draelos Science Scholars

For the fifth year JSNN held the Draelos Science Scholars program, a 6-week summer research internship opportunity for high school students from the Triad region. The program is sponsored by Drs. Zoe and Michael Draelos.

ExPlorers Summer Program Established at JSNN

In July 2022, JSNN hosted the inaugural ExPlorers Program for 17 underrepresented high school students and 4 high school teachers. This was a week-long program involving interactive hands-on experiences with the nanoscale, applications of nanotechnology, phosphorus sustainability, agriculture, and ethics in science. This program was sponsored in part by JSNN, STEPS and SENIC.

JSNN Partners with Guilford County Schools

As part of an ongoing partnership between JSNN and the Guilford County School system, JSNN hosted four professional development sessions for middle and high school science teachers 2022, with an attendance of over 100 participants. Teachers took part in hands-on activities related to the scientific method, UV radiation, and nanoparticles in sunscreen in addition to practicing instructional methods that could be implemented in their classrooms.  The teachers also toured the facility.  Since these professional development sessions, a significant number of Guilford County School groups have visited JSNN for tours and/or invited JSNN’s Education and Outreach Team to their classrooms.

Nanotechnology Day Celebration

Nanotechnology Day at the JSNN was commemorated this year with a series of outreach activities aimed at middle and high school students from the Triad region.  Hundreds of students and community members visited the JSNN to learn about “nano” and see dozens of graduate student volunteers conduct engaging nanotechnology-based demonstrations about thin films, flame tests, balloon nanopores, and many others.

Photo credits:  Maurelio Cabo & Victor Hammed