Wheeling High School Selects Nanoscience Instruments’ Nanoscience Classroom for New Nanotechnology Program
The first of its kind, a Public High School Science Lab employs advanced instrumentation for nanotechnology education.
Phoenix, AZ (PRWEB) July 23, 2013
Nanoscience Instruments announced today the installation of the Nanoscience Classroom at Wheeling High School in Wheeling, IL, a suburb of Chicago. The Nanoscience Classroom is a modular package of instrumentation configured for nanotechnology education. Wheeling received several scanning electron microscopes, atomic force microscopes, scanning tunneling microscopes and a 3D optical microscope.
This powerful collection of instrumentation allows students to see structures from millimeters to nanometers in dimension. Applications vary greatly and include pharmaceuticals, materials research, energy, aerospace, textiles, forensics, and many more. Students will be exposed to a great number of characterization techniques that can be used immediately after high school in jobs at high technology companies, as critical training for technical college preparation, or as a primer to a higher level college career.
“Providing this solution to a progressive high school such as Wheeling is very exciting for Nanoscience Instruments”, says Mark Flowers, “By leveraging their strong relationship with area colleges and industry, this is a great opportunity for both their students and the local community”.
The cornerstones of the Nanoscience Classroom are the Phenom desktop SEM, the Nanosurf NaioAFM & NaioSTM, and the Zeta 3D optical microscope. These instruments are all unique in their compactness, ease of use, and low maintenance. Nanoscience Instruments provides educational material, training, and support and will be working with Wheeling High school to further develop a comprehensive curriculum.
The Phenom SEMs provide magnification to 45,000x. Additionally, students can investigate the elemental composition of materials as well as see them in great detail. The Phenoms will be instrumental in bridging the visible world with the nanoscale world.
The Nanosurf AFM and STM are the eyes into the nanoscale world. The AFM has the ability to probe smaller dimensions, and in true 3D. AFM is required to evaluate smaller and smaller devices and surface structures that are continually being created for new technologies. The STM can reveal actual atomic structure. Visualizing atoms using quantum mechanics provides a truly unique experience for a student.
The Zeta 3D optical profiler is an industrial instrument that provides stunning 3D images in true color. Measurements are made on mechanical devices to look at holes, scratches, steps, roughness, and other important parameters. Students can evaluate micromachined parts, conduct failure analysis, inspect surface finishes, and perform many other tasks associated with 21st century manufacturing.
Furthermore, Laz Lopez, Associate Superintendent at THS district 214 adds, "This NANO Lab will support the school's Research and Development Career Pathway, providing marketable research skills, further integrate engineering and manufacturing with the sciences, and serve students and staff throughout the region, well beyond the school, with professional development experiences. We are grateful to the Illinois Science and Technology Coalition, Governor Pat Quinn and the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity for their support of this project."
About Wheeling High School
Wheeling High School is a public, four-year comprehensive high school with a STEM focus (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) that opened in 1964 and graduated its first class in 1966. Wheeling is one of the six schools in Township High School District 214, including Buffalo Grove, John Hersey (Arlington Heights), Prospect, and Rolling Meadows High Schools. Wheeling is a culturally diverse high school, as is District 214. The community is predominately middle income residential, with light industry providing a major portion of the tax base for the entire district. The Village of Wheeling is 28 miles Northwest of downtown Chicago, and has approximately 40,000 residents. The school serves Wheeling and sections of Arlington Heights, Buffalo Grove, Mount Prospect, Northbrook, and Prospect Heights.
About Nanoscience Instruments
Nanoscience Instruments provides a wide array of products and services for education, research, and industrial controls. Nanotechnology product offerings include scanning electron microscopes, atomic force microscopes, 3D optical profilometers, manipulation systems and accessories for these and other high-resolution microscopy techniques. Nanoscience offers a broad line of consumables and fabrication devices that includes AFM probes, CNT synthesis devices, chemicals for surface modification, STM supplies and teaching materials & samples. More information can be found at nanoscience.com.
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