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“Micro Nano Tech Conference 2014 – Taking Micro-Nano Tech Education to New Heights” is being held for the fourth time; and is coming back to its roots in Albuquerque, New Mexico!
Conference Website Link: www.mnt-conference.net
You are encouraged to consider contributing to and learning from our six National Science Foundation Advanced Technological Education Centers (NSF ATE) who are co-hosting this event with the Southwest Center for Microsystems Education.
Presentations, Lectures, Keynote speakers, workshops and hands-on labs will be part of the conference offerings! We will also have a special keynote, tour, and dinner at the Albuquerque International Balloon Museum – a truly unique one-of-a-kind opportunity.
Innovative and emerging curriculum covering all aspects of Micro-Nano education will be made available, targeting secondary and post-secondary STEM classes.
There will be plenty of networking opportunities for you to share and learn from each other – we are a great community to get to know and want to continue contributing to the development of our High-Tech Micro/Nano workforce!
Looking forward to seeing all of you in June!
Dr. Matthias Pleil
Director/PI/Research Professor – SCME/UNM
Southwest Center for Microsystems Education
Check out our latest publication "Teach MEMS On a Tight Budget" - March Issue of Tech Directions! This was a colalboratively written article between Matthias Pleil and G.H. Massiha. "GH" attended one of SCME's pressure sensor cleanroom workshops at our Univeristy of South Florida partner site. GH uses and advocates the use of SCME materials in STEM classes.
Check out the latest updates to the SCME YouTube Channel - MJ just added three short lectures based on our Microsystems BioMEMS DNA series of Learning Modules.
- An Introduction to DNA Microarrays
- DNA Microarray Fabrication - very cool, one process by Nimble Gen uses TI's DMD in maskless lithography!
- How does a DNA Microarray work?
Also search this site for additional, downloadable educational materials!
During the spring of 2014, SCME is hosting a series of microtechnology workshops. These workshops 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 at the University of New Mexico's South Campus, 800 Bradbury SE, Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Each workshop includes the following:
- Detailed instruction in microtechnology topics
- Specific information on using classroom kits/activities to teach microtechnology topics
- Complete coverage of the kit material and supporting learning modules
- Time to discover how the kits/activities and learning modules meet the STEM and NGSS standards
- Strategies for incorporating the topics and activities into your curricula.
Following are brief descriptions of the workshops:
Pressure Sensor Model Workshop – Part II: February 22, 2014 (9:00 am – noon)
This workshop is opened ONLY to instructors who have completed a previous SCME Pressure Sensor Model workshop in which they built a macro-sized pressure sensor model using SCME’s Pressure Sensor Model Kit.
This workshop allows instructors to further explore the pressure sensor model as a teaching tool in the classroom. Instructors will use a pre-built pressure sensor model to develop a calibration curve. They will also have the opportunity to talk to instructors that have used this kit in their classrooms. In an attempt to decrease the implementation time for this material, time will be provided for instructors to develop a complete lesson plan identifying standards, objectives, and procedures.
DNA Microarray Workshop – Part II: February 22, 2014 (1:00 pm – 4 pm)
This workshop is opened ONLY to instructors who have completed a previous SCME DNA Microarray or GeneChip workshop in which they setup and interpret a model of a DNA microarray.
This workshop allows instructors to further explore the DNA microarray kit as a teaching tool in the classroom. Instructors will use the DNA microarray kit to redesign the masks for different DNA sequences and redesign the targets for new gene identification. Instructors will also have the opportunity to talk to instructors that have used this kit in their classrooms. In an attempt to decrease the implementation time for this material, time will be provided for instructors to develop a complete lesson plan identifying standards, objectives, and procedures.
All About BioMEMS Workshop, March 8, 2014 (9:00 am – 3:30 pm)
This workshop covers a variety of material related to microtechnology and MEMS devices in the medical field, as well as biological concepts that are exploited by such devices. Participants will become familiar with SCME’s bioMEMS series of learning modules and will complete a variety of activities found within these learning modules. Activities include the role of DNA and proteins in micro-sized devices, biomolecules and their functions in bioMEMS, and explorations and presentations about specific bioMEMS used for diagnostics, therapeutics and clinical laboratory applications.
Fabricating a MEMS Pressure Sensor (Simulation), March 22, 2014 (9:00 am – 3:30 pm)
This workshop covers a complete 10 step process used to fabricate a micro-sized pressure sensor. Topics include a review of deposition, photolithography and etch processes, and how these processes are applied in the fabrication of a MEMS device. Activities include identifying actual processed chips that show each step of the fabrication process, completing the lift-off process on actual metal-deposited chips, and building a model or computer graphic that illustrates the fabrication steps and the correct sequence. This workshop uses SCME's Pressure Sensor Process Kit and Lift-off Kit to provide hands-on learning for many of these activities.
Micro-Devices (MEMS) : How Do They Work? April 5, 2014 (9:00 am – 3:30 pm)
NOTE: To get the most out of this workshop and this kit, it is best that you already have a basic knowledge of MEMS and MEMS fabrication processes. This is NOT an introductory workshop.
This workshop covers a variety of different micro-sized components (e.g., accelerometers, surface acoustical wave devices (SAWs), cantilevers arrays, microfluidic components), how they are used and the different micro-machining processes that are used to fabricate them. The majority of the time in this workshop is spent working in teams to build a three-dimensional model of a micro-sized component that addresses a specific application. In addition to creating a model, each team develops an outline of a fabrication process that could be used to build the device. This workshop uses SCME’s MEMS Innovators Kit to complete the activity.
Weights and Measures and Scale, April 26, 2014 (9:00 am – 3:30 pm)
This workshop covers a variety of topics related specifically to the micro and nano-scales. Topics include the history of weights and measures, the development of the metric system, unit conversions, and a comparison and exploration of the macro to the nano-scales. Activities include converting from metric to English and vice versa, solving mathematical calculations that apply to specific MEMS applications, working with objects ranging from the macro to the nano-scale, and exploring the use of a scanning electron microscope to “see” at the micro-scale.
To register for any of these workshops, please click here to complete this registration form.
Class size is limited. Register NOW. Once registered, you will receive a confirmation email with further details.
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