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For High School and Community College STEM Faculty
SCME is hosting a series of workshops that focus on classroom activities related to STEM and microtechnology concepts that can easily be incorporated into your existing curricula. All workshops are held on a Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the University of New Mexico's South Campus, 800 Bradbury Drive SE, Room 160, Albuquerque, New Mexico.
There are four (4) workshops:
Microcantilever Model Workshops – Part I and II: Note New Days (Snow Day)
This is a two-part workshop. You must attend Part I in order to attend Part II.
Part I: Saturday, March 14 (9:30 am – 4 pm)
Part II: Saturday, March 28 (9:30 am – 4 pm)
Modeling a Micro Pressure Sensor Workshop: Saturday, April 11 (9:30 am – 4 pm)
Manufacturing Technicians’ Skills and Careers: Saturday, April 25 (9:30 am – 4 pm)
(NOTE the time change from previous SCME workshops.)
Each workshop includes the following:
Pre-workshop reading assignment.
Instruction in microtechnology topics.
Specific information on using microtechnology kits and activities to teach basic concepts in several disciplines: math, science, physics, engineering, and technology.
Complete coverage of the SCME kit material and supporting learning modules.
Time to discover how the kits and learning modules meet the STEM and NGSS standards.
Strategies for incorporating the topics and activities into your curricula.
To register, click the link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/SCMEmicro
Scholarships and Payments: APS high school instructors will be paid at the current APS hourly rate for each full-day workshop attended. Other instructors will receive a $120 scholarship for each full-day workshop attended.
Following are brief descriptions of the workshops:
SCME Industry Mapping Project
Duncan McClure - SCME Graduate Student Assistant
Check out the Map presented by Duncan at the COMS2014 conference in Salt Lake City. http://scme-nm.org/media/files/SCME_Map_Project_Poster_final.pdf
To assist its efforts in assessing the need and relevance of micro and nanotechnology related education, the Southwest Center for Microsystems Education (SCME) has recently undertaken a microsystems and nanotechnology mapping project.
As part of this effort, the locations of over 3000 companies and government facilities within the United States that make use of micro and nanotechnologies are presented. These are compiled into a density map, meant to identify emerging and established micro and nanotechnology clusters. Such helps the SCME and its partners determine where perspective students may find employment related to micro and nanotechnologies, and where to focus their effort and resources.
1500 of the companies listed are sorted into seven categories based on the technical field their work lies in. These roughly correspond to the skill sets and technical knowledge an engineer or technician may need to work at such companies. Defined broadly, these are:
New Mexico Microsystems and Nanotechnology related industry map.
Check out our new prototype industry mapping project put together by Duncan McClure - Click on the full screen icon, "[ ]" for optimal viewing! We are test driving this new feature and will be updating the database and map features.
The balloons indicate companies and the stars are educational organizations the have micro-nano tech or research programs.
Valerie Kovach - Science teacher at Albuquerque's Atrisco Heritage Academy - created this wonderful site! Check it out - like it - It's not just for HS students!