NanoCareer Day and Student Outreach at CNSE

by Sandra Foyt on December 13, 2010

in Enrichment Ideas

nanocareer_day9NANOvember at the College of Nanoscale Science & Engineering (CNSE) may have been over, but there was still one more event that we didn’t want to miss.

On December 8, 2010, NanoCareer Day brought middle- and high-school students to the CNSE campus for an eye-opening visit that introduced them to the exciting world of nanotechnology through tours, presentations and hands-on activities.

Our group of homeschoolers, ranging in age from 4th to 10th grade, declared this a great experience. Although a couple of students had previously visited the Community Day the previous month, they found a lot that was new and interesting at this event.


With the smaller group, professors and tour leaders were able to go into greater depth in the presentations. There was more room to test out remote control cars run by hydro or solar powered batteries. And, best of all, the students appreciated that instructors acknowledged their interest, keeping the discussion at an engaging level.


If you missed NanoCareer Day, it is an annual event that you can look forward to next year. Additionally, CNSE offers a variety of student outreach programs:

  • NanoHigh – developed jointly by the City School District of Albany (CSDA) and CNSE, offers students an unprecedented opportunity to study the emerging field of nanotechnology through two courses that combine classroom learning at Albany High School with monthly on-site visits to CNSE for in-depth lab activities.
  • School Presentations and Tours – CNSE hosts a variety of school groups throughout the year – from administrators and faculty to students and their parents.
  • Student Internships – Undergraduate and high school students have many opportunities to collaborate with CNSE instructors on internship programs.

More photos from this event can be found at NanoCareer Day on Flickr.

Go See It!

NanoCareer Day  – Wednesday, October 12, 2011, 8am-4pm, at at the College of Nanoscale Science & Engineering in Albany, NY. (Note that this is for registered student groups.)

Interested? For more information about any of these programs, contact Diana Dumesnil

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Beth @ TheAngelForever December 13, 2010 at 10:26 pm

Love that they are reaching out to the community in so many ways. When I was teaching, I went to the first ever NanoCareer Day that they sponsored for students in the area. Of course, this was before they had community days. Thanks to that the kids were intrigued with anything within that amazing building.
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Sandra Foyt December 14, 2010 at 12:27 am

That is so cool! When was the first NanoCareer Day?
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