Eighth-grade students at schools across the state are receiving tiny lessons in science through the first-ever West Virginia edition of Nanooze magazine, a publication about nanotechnology, the science of small objects less than the width of a human hair. These very small particles and molecules are making a big impact in technology, medicine, automobiles, cancer treatment, and computers, to name just a few.
Nanooze is provided free to all eighth-grade grade students by the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission’s Division of Science and Research. The publication and distribution of Nanooze is part of an effort to stimulate interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers among middle school students.
“To be economically competitive now and in the future, West Virginia needs more college graduates, and particularly we need to graduate more people trained in STEM fields,” said Dr. Jan Taylor, the Commission’s Director of Research Programs. “We hope this magazine and the guidance of classroom teachers can move our state toward the goal of increasing the number of students graduating in STEM fields every year.”
“This magazine is an excellent example of informational text that teachers might use with their students,” said Marty Burke, assistant director of the West Virginia Department of Education’s Office of Instruction. “We encourage teachers to use Nanooze magazine to guide class discussions about science research, discoveries, and career opportunities.”
The West Virginia edition of Nanooze magazine includes:
— A description of what nanoscience is all about;
— A story about how West Virginia scientists are working to develop technology to improve sensors for use in environmental, military and public health applications;
— A page about individuals in West Virginia working in nanotechnology; and
— A map showing where nanotechnology is happening in West Virginia.
The Division of Science and Research mailed packages of Nanooze to public and private schools across West Virginia with magazines for each of the more than 22,000 eighth-grade students in the state. An electronic version of Nanooze is available at www.wvresearch.org/nanooze. Teachers and school administrators can request additional printed copies of the magazine at no cost through the website.
While this is a special West Virginia edition, Nanooze is published nationally for students by the Cornell NanoScale Science and Technology Facility. Previous issues of the magazine and more information for kids about nanotechnology can be found by visiting www.nanooze.org. Teachers are encouraged to subscribe to receive free regular issues for their students.
The Division of Science and Research provides strategic leadership to improve research infrastructure and develop competitive research opportunities in STEM disciplines.