Fifth Annual Summer Nanoscience Academy hosted at UT-Austin

What do lasers, CO2 and liquid nitrogen ice cream have in common?  They are activities that took place at the Fifth Annual Summer Nanoscience Academy at the Center for Nano & Molecular Science and Technology.

During July 7th-9th, a group of 35 science students and their teachers attended the Summer Nanoscience Academy, sponsored by the Atomic & Molecular Imaging IGERT (Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship) program at The University of Texas at Austin. This three-day workshop, held at the CNM’s Larry R. Faulkner Nanoscience and Technology building, is designed to allow secondary and middle school students form a better understanding of the field of nanoscience. This year’s invited guests attended lectures, participated in lab tours, and conducted hands-on laboratory work.

The Summer Nanoscience Academy began with a welcome speech by Dr. Ken Shih of the Physics Department.  Throughout the three-day workshop, the students and their teachers had the opportunity to engage in hands-on science experiments led by faculty in various academic departments, including Dr. Kallie Willets and David Vanden Bout (Chemistry and Biochemistry) and Dr. Seth Bank (Electrical and Computer Engineering).  Popular experiments included making CO2 and liquid nitrogen ice cream, using a laser to measure groove spacing in audio compact discs, and creating solar cells in the chemistry lab.

The Center for Nano- and Molecular Science and Technology would like to thank IGERT program coordinator Annie Harding and the IGERT team of graduate students and postdocs for their hard work in making the Summer Nanoscience Academy possible.