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Have you ever wondered where the term "MEMS" came from?

Read J.E. Wood's account:

Click Here:  pdf  A brief history of the term Micro Electro Mechanical Systems (MEMS)

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Nanoscience and Nanotech Workshop

Workshop  - Hands-on Introduction to Nanoscience and Nanotechnolgy for STEM Teachers

Presentation Materials:

PDF  and  PowerPoint

When: Saturday, May 12, 2012, 10:00am-3:00pm  - lunch provided
Where: Albuquerque - University of New Mexico, Manufacturing Training and Technology Center
The first 25 educators will receive $50 stipends for attending!
What can you say about nanotechnology when your students ask? Are you keeping up with the future? Come join nano experts at UNM in this hands-on introductory workshop.  After an overview of Nanoscience, you will participate in three hands-on Nano activities you can bring back to your classroom.


  1. Introductions
  2. What is the difference between Nanoscience and Nanotech and why should you care?
  3. Surface Treatments – Hydrophobic systems and what they are used for
  4. Surface to Volume Ratio Activity – Reaction rate, materials and money
  5. Rainbow Wafers – measuring very thin films with your eye
  6. Discussion on applying these activities in your STEM classroom
  7. What kinds of jobs use Nanotechnology?  Show your students a great technical career choice.

For more information, contact Dr. Matt Pleil at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

This workshop is made possible through a grant from the National Science Foundation Division of Engineering Education and Centers, Nanotechnology Undergraduate Education (NUE) in Engineering (Grant # EEC-1042062) in collaboration with the Southwest Center for Microsystems Education and the University of New Mexico.



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