Sixteen science teachers from Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools (MNPS) attended the 3rd National Center for Learning and Teaching (NCLT) Nanoscience Workshop at Fisk University from June 9 to June 20, 2008. The workshop started with greetings from Fisk University Provost Dr. Kofi Lomotey, Dr. Eugene Collins, director of the division of natural sciences at Fisk University, and Ms. Sarah Baker, the science coordinator of Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools. The NCLT program has become a bridge for nanoscience educational collaborations and partnerships between Fisk, Northwestern and Vanderbilt Universities and MNPS.
The activities of the two-week long workshop included lectures of the NCLT nano-modules, hands-on experiments and activities, nanoscience introduction and curriculum development for grades 7-12, nanoscience seminars, and teacher’s experience in implementation of nanoscience as well as planning for next year.
The NCLT program continues to impact the school district with strong support from the MNPS administration. Six middle and high schools have implemented the NCLT nano-modules into various courses. During the workshop, the teachers exchanged their experiences in implementation of the NCLT modules in their classrooms, and discussed the newly updated Tennessee science standards.
The NCLT workshop at Fisk University has been welcomed by MNPS science teachers, and will continue in the summer of 2009. For more information on the program, contact the coordinator, Dr. Weijie Lu at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://www.nclt.us.