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Posted: June 3, 2008
Nanotechnology study on summer agenda for NYSUT educators
(Nanowerk News) New York State Union of Teachers (NYSUT) members are always searching for ways to sharpen their skills, improve their professional practice and reach out to students. Several dozen NYSUT members this summer will be learning the latest on the nanotechnology industry so they can bring those lessons back to their classrooms.
At NYSUT's initiative, along with industry leaders General Electric, the Air Products Foundation and the SEMI Foundation, Capital District educators will be offered a groundbreaking nanotechnology seminar in late July - the SEMI High Tech U - at no cost to the educators or their districts. Some Albany-area school districts will pilot the program in their classrooms.
"Great opportunities are created for students when educators, corporate citizens and community leaders collaborate," said NYSUT Vice President Maria Neira.
The SEMI High Tech U is a math and science-based career exploration program for middle-level and high school teachers to expand their students' horizons. These summer volunteeers will be taught by industry professionals using the latest research-based curricula. They will experience hands-on learning about micro-electronics and the renewable energy industry - vital topics in this era of skyrocketing consumer costs.
"NYSUT supports innovations that help our students and boost New York's economic vitality," Neira said. "We are grateful to our partners who are making this initiative a reality that we will extend to more districts in the future."