UAlbany’s INTY Helps Middle School Students Discover Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math
Albany, NY (April 3, 2012) – The Institute of Nanoscale Technology and Youth (INTY), a partnership between the Center for Urban Youth and Technology (CUYT) in the School of Education and the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE), will hold its fourth institute series for middle school students and teachers from April 4 through 6 on the University at Albany campus and CNSE’s Albany NanoTech Complex.
The three-day institute will welcome 30 students from the Newburgh Enlarged City School District (NECSD) to participate in a variety of interactive events, exposing them to STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) activities and career possibilities.
Dr. Joseph Bowman, Jr., CUYT Director, said of this Institute, “Our uses with STEAM provide real time experiences for students to explore, experience, and complete activities of their own design and creation in nanoscale science and technology.”
Dr. Robert Geer, CNSE Vice President for Academic Affairs and Chief Academic Officer, said, “In supporting Governor Andrew Cuomo’s innovation-driven model for continuing to build New York’s world-class nanotechnology economy, the UAlbany NanoCollege is pleased to partner with the Institute for Nanoscale Technology and Youth to introduce students to the rich educational and career opportunities in the emerging field of nanotechnology. Through this collaboration with INTY, CNSE is delighted to further enhance its strong commitment to cross-regional partnerships that enable unparalleled nanoscale education and workforce training and development.”
Dr. Robert Bangert-Drowns, Dean of the School of Education, added, “This is a creative way for exciting middle school students about science and putting them in direct contact with cutting-edge technology.”
Program activities will include video production, urban “nano” theater, robotics, hands-on laboratory experiences, nanobusiness development, nanochip fabrication, alternative energy, and environmental justice. The students will develop projects of their own which they present to each other, parents, faculty, and invited guests at the closing ceremony held on Friday.
Newburgh students last visited campus in September 2011. Since that time, teachers in the NECSD have offered an after-school program to build upon what the students learned through INTY. This provides an opportunity for continuous learning—the students become familiar with the subject matter through extended involvement, increasing their curiosity and confidence, and growing even more excited to come back to UAlbany.
The Institute of Nanoscale Technology and Youth is designed to provide a “High Tech, High Touch” program intervention that teaches multimedia design, character education, nanoscale sciences, environmental education, and information technology to prepare youth and adult learners for the “Tech Valley” workforce of today and tomorrow. INTY serves all students, but with a special focus on underrepresented and economically disadvantaged urban and rural populations.
About the School of Education
Established to be a leader in teacher preparation and higher education in New York State, the School of Education has evolved into a nationally ranked and internationally renowned research institution. SOE continues to prepare professionals for vital roles in classrooms and school systems, providing evidence-based strategies for those seeking certification as teachers, principals, and school district leaders. SOE addresses the special challenges of the 21st century with research and educational programs that explore technology-based teaching and learning, the development of literacy throughout the lifespan, multinational and cross-cultural comparisons of educational effectiveness, teacher leadership and professional communities, instructional approaches that foster student autonomy, and strategies to foster mental health and human development. For more information visit www.albany.edu/education.
The UAlbany CNSE is the first college in the world dedicated to education, research, development and deployment in the emerging disciplines of nanoscience, nanoengineering, nanobioscience and nanoeconomics. With more than $14 billion in high-tech investments, CNSE represents the world’s most advanced university-driven research enterprise, offering students a one-of-a-kind academic experience and providing over 300 corporate partners with access to an unmatched ecosystem for leading-edge R&D and commercialization of nanoelectronics and nanotechnology innovations. CNSE’s footprint spans upstate New York, including its Albany NanoTech Complex, an 800,000-square-foot megaplex with the only fully-integrated, 300mm wafer, computer chip pilot prototyping and demonstration line within 85,000 square feet of Class 1 capable cleanrooms. More than 2,700 scientists, researchers, engineers, students and faculty work here, from companies including IBM, Intel, GlobalFoundries, SEMATECH, Samsung, TSMC, Toshiba, Applied Materials, Tokyo Electron, ASML and Novellus Systems. An expansion now underway, part of which will house the world’s first Global 450mm Consortium, will add nearly 500,000 square feet of next-generation infrastructure, an additional 50,000 square feet of Class 1 capable cleanrooms, and more than 1,000 scientists, researchers and engineers from CNSE and global corporations. In addition, CNSE’s Solar Energy Development Center in Halfmoon provides a prototyping and demonstration line for next-generation CIGS thin-film solar cells. CNSE’s Smart Systems Technology and Commercialization Center of Excellence (STC) in Rochester offers state-of-the-art capabilities for MEMS fabrication and packaging. CNSE also co-founded and manages operations at the Computer Chip Commercialization Center at SUNYIT in Utica and is a co-founder of the Nanotechnology Innovation and Commercialization Excelerator in Syracuse. For information, visit www.cnse.albany.edu.
For more information about the INTY workshop, contact the Center for Urban Youth and Technology at (518) 442-5035.
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