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Media Advisory: IUPUI to show high school teachers nanotechnology using white powdered sugar and blackberry juice


July 16, 2012

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 When it comes to discovering the cutting-edge field of nanotechnology, it helps to have a little white powdered sugar and blackberry juice on hand.                                          

That’s what 15 high school teachers from Indianapolis and surrounding areas will discover when they arrive for a week-long Nanotechnology Discovery Academy at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.

Reporters and photographers may join the teachers Tuesday and Wednesday (July 17 and 18) afternoons as they use white powdered sugar and blackberry juice to make solar panels; work with fuel cells powered by water that will power toy-sized cars; construct what amounts to a laboratory that fits on a tiny chip; and explore how nanotechnology is used to target drugs at particular tissues in the body, like a tumor.

Please contact Etta Ward at 317-278-842 if you would like more information or want to join the teachers.

Nanotechnology is basically how scientists study and manipulate matter at its tiniest scale. It is a multidisciplinary branch of science, meaning that experts in the fields of chemistry, physics, biology, engineering and medicine are all researching this fairly new technology. It enables scientists to explore ways to make things that are more efficient and less costly.

The Nanotechnology Academy runs from Monday, July 16 through July 20. It provides a unique opportunity for the high-school teachers to explore nanotechnology and its impact on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education.

In addition to working with world-renowned faculty mentors, gaining hands-on laboratory experience, discovering innovative technologies, and learning about new frontiers of STEM, the high school teachers will return to their classrooms this fall and share with their students what they learned at IUPUI and engage them in nanotechnology experiments.

Teachers attending the academy are from the following schools:Decatur Central, Roncalli, Tecumseh Jr/Sr HS, Howe, Carmel, East Noble, Ben Davis, Avon, Greenwood, Center Grove, Chatard, and Fishers.