April 1, 2010

Study Discusses Benefits Of Nanotechnology Education

One third of high school students and 25-percent of adults would benefit from a nanotechnology education curriculum in their educational institution, according to research completed earlier this month by a nanotechnology firm.

NanoProfessor, a division of NanoInk, Inc., hired global market research firm Synovate to complete a survey of more than 500 high school seniors and non-traditional students returning to school from various locations in the U.S. Those participating in the study needed to live within 25 miles of two community colleges of technical schools and express interest in a scientific course of study.

"This study supports that there is a significant level of awareness and interest among high school students and adults on the benefits of a nanotechnology education," Dean Hart, executive vice president for NanoProfessor, said in a March 16 press release. "Students are even more excited by curriculum that consists of actually building nanoscale structures and will choose those schools that can provide them with that hands-on training."

In addition, the survey found that the primary benefits of nanotechnology, according to those who responded, were that it would be helpful or beneficial to their chosen career, it would broaden their knowledge base, and it would lead to more opportunities professionally.

Furthermore, the students considering attending a community college and/or technical school cited cost, available curriculum, and the expertise of the professors as the main three factors influencing their decision, and that websites were the primary tool used by incoming freshmen and returning adult students to gather information about prospective schools.

According to the company's press release, "The NanoProfessor Nanoscience Education Program aims to expand hands-on nanotechnology education from the cleanrooms of research-based universities to the classrooms of undergraduate programs and is especially well-suited to educational initiatives at the community college, technical school, and undergraduate university level."


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