CNSE Outcreach Programs

Summary of Educational and Community Outreach Programs at the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering

The College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) is recognized worldwide for its leadership, vision and commitment to providing advocacy for, and access to, the emerging field of nanotechnology. In 2011, CNSE’s extensive and enduring series of innovative programs, workshops, seminars and conferences promoting educational, community and public outreach served more than 50,000 individuals, including over 10,000 K-12 students across New York. This unprecedented effort is building a world-class nanotechnology labor force and top-notch support network to enable the global excellence required in the 21st century innovation economy.

NanoCareer Day: introduces middle- and high-school students to the exciting world of nanotechnology through tours, presentations and hands-on activities. In 2011, forty schools participated in CNSE’s quarterly NanoCareer Day programs, representing 1,200 students and 80 teachers from throughout New York State.

NanoHigh: developed jointly by the City School District of Albany (CSDA) and CNSE, NanoHigh offers Albany High School students an unprecedented opportunity to study the emerging field of nanotechnology through two courses that combine classroom learning at Albany High School with monthly on-site visits to CNSE for in-depth lab activities. Since its inception in the fall of 2007, 90 AHS students have received certificates for successful completion of the program

Eureka: The Girls Inc. Eureka!® program at the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE), with support from SEFCU, is part of the critical effort to encourage young women to pursue a growing number of educational and career opportunities in the field of nanotechnology. Designed to engage underrepresented populations within the cities of Albany and Schenectady, Eureka launched in July 2012 with an initial cohort of 30 girls, all of whom will be entering the 8th grade. Over the next five years, the program will provide as many as 150 girls – at no cost – with a path to exciting careers and post-secondary education in nanoscience, nanoengineering and nanobioscience.

Be the Change for Kids Innovation Awards: The New York State School Boards Association (NYSSBA) and CNSE have teamed up to launch the “Be the Change for Kids Innovation Awards” to help foster new and exciting science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs across the state. Schools will also be rewarded for programs that develop students’ creativity, critical thinking and civic responsibilities. Three school districts will be honored and each will receive $5,000. Students and staff from the award-winning programs will participate in tours and activities at CNSE’s world-class Albany NanoTech Complex and be honored at CNSE and NYSSBA’s Annual Convention in Rochester in October.

Regional Collaboration: CNSE partners with a variety of regional organizations to promote nanotechnology awareness among teachers, students and parents.  Recent collaborations include:

Girls Inc. Nano Summit
CNSE hosted more than 150 girls and educators from the City School District of Albany for the first-ever Girls Inc. Nano Summit, which included a featured presentation, CNSE tours and nanotechnology workshops. 

NanoDays at the Children’s Museum of Science and Technology
CNSE faculty and staff partnered with the Children’s Museum of Science and Technology (CMOST) in Troy during NanoDays 2012. The program included presentations, experiments and demonstrations throughout the day that explored a variety of topics and concepts in nanotechnology.

NanoDays at the Albany Boys and Girls Clubs
CNSE faculty and graduate students visited the Albany Boys and Girls Clubs every afternoon for one week during NanoDays 2012 to present hands-on activities and demonstrations to the Pathfinders (ages 5&6), Juniors (ages 6&7), Cadets (ages 7&8), Cruisers (ages 9-12) and teens (ages 13-17).

Science and Health Discovery Night
CNSE was a featured exhibitor at the 2012 Science and Health Discovery Night held by the Shenendehowa Central School District, which was designed to get students excited about future careers in STEM fields. More than 1,500 students and families attended the event.

CMOST NanoCamp
CNSE partnered with the Children’s Museum of Science and Technology (CMOST) to present two week-long summer NanoCamp programs as part of CMOST’s “Girls in Science and Technology” program. Participants ranged in age from 11 to14 years old and spent time both at CMOST and CNSE, where they participated in hands-on nanotechnology-related activities.

School Presentations and Tours: CNSE hosts a variety of school groups throughout the year - from administrators and faculty to students and their parents.

NANOvember: a month-long celebration showcasing the exciting world of nanotechnology and the global leadership of CNSE and NYS in the most important science of the 21st century. Open to the public and free of charge, NANOvember events include the popular CNSE Community Day and Community Lecture Series, as well as innovative new programs like “Nano vs. Nature” and the Capital Region Nanotechnology Showcase with the Times Union’s Newspapers in Education program.


For more information on CNSE's K-12 programs, please visit http://cnse.albany.edu/Home.aspx or contact Diana Dumesnil at ddumesnil@albany.edu.