Wheeling is also using this opportunity to provide greater access to the community. While the lab is housed at WHS, the course is open to all 12,000 Twp. District 214 students including the following high schools: Buffalo Grove, John Hersey, Elk Grove, Rolling Meadows, and Prospect. Currently, dozens of students travel from throughout the district to attend WHS’s Calc 3/Differential Equations course as well as our PLTW Engineering program. Additionally, Wheeling is incorporating its nano programming within the STEM summer Camp program, currently serving close to 300 students from communities all over the Northwest suburbs.
The implementation of this program focuses on the following three key activities: 1) training faculty to use the equipment, 2) developing and implementing new curriculum and labs in existing courses, and 3) evaluating the effects of the new curriculum and labs on the outcomes of interest. The program includes instruments, an expert-driven curriculum, and student/teacher support materials to engage students into the nanotechnology industry from community colleges, technical schools, and universities worldwide.
NE3I, the R&D STEM Learning Exchange, and the NE3I Advisory Committee will assist with the dissemination of information about the workshops and recruitment of participants. The Village of Skokie, IS+TP, and Oakton have been working on a marketing plan to inform educational institutions, the industry, and the public about the program, and this plan will serve as a recruiting tool to bring in new participants.
Oakton will recruit high school and community college faculty to participate in a series of nanotechnology training activities (Training) at its laboratory facility in the IL Science and Technology Park (Nanolab). Presently, Oakton has commitment for at least 4 internships through Advisory Committee members. Oakton’s Internship Coordinator and Curriculum Committee will work with nano faculty to set up program requirements and supervisory skills needed to accredit the internship course. The internship course completes the 4-course series that makes up the nanotechnicians certificate program. Oakton faculty will continue to work with the national programs to ensure the curriculum is appropriate and the certification recognized.