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nano @ stanford supports educators, students, researchers, and the public through tours, professional development programs, outreach programs, and beyond. We hope to develop and propagate a national model for educational practices that will help students and visitors become knowledgeable and proficient users of the nanofacilities.

What is Nano?

Nanotechnology is the science and engineering of small things, in particular things that are less than 100 nanometers in size (in one direction). At this small scale, surprising things happen which gives researchers new tools to investigate problems and find solutions! The ability to create materials and devices at the nanoscale has applications in every area of life, from more effective medicines to ultrafast communications and cleaner fuels.

edX Online Learning Course

We hope to enrich the education of our lab members with technical training and career development. This free online course is an open resource that contains materials to prepare researchers to become effective users of Stanford's tools and facilities, as well as to be useful to anyone wanting to learn about nanofabrication and characterization. 

nano@stanford YouTube

This channel is filled with resources for lab members, educators, and the general public. Watch content on tool trainings, tour our facilities, find phenomena for your classroom, and learn about how our tools are used in a wide array of research areas from medical sensing to new materials development! K-12 content includes links for ready to use activities.

Nanoscience Summer Institute for Middle School Teachers

Supporting professional development for teachers to increase access to high quality STEM curriculum utilizing nanoscience concepts. We offer a paid five-day Nanoscience Summer Institute for Middle School Teachers (NanoSIMST) every summer. Selected teachers will learn the underlying physical concepts in nanotechnology and methods to integrate NGSS aligned content that engages students in the future of STEM to solve real world problems! 

Community College Internships

nano@stanford offers paid internships for local community college students in the Bay area. Learn how small things are made and seen at the nanoscale and microscale! The nanofacilities are used for cutting edge research, in areas including electronics, MEMS, optics, physics, biology/biotechnology, medicine, and chemistry. Students will get the opportunity to work in a class 100 cleanroom to collect and report data, while working with staff to troubleshoot and maintain our facilities!

STEM Superheroes

Meet a STEM superhero! STEM Superheroes work in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Our superheroes celebrate STEM by empowering and inspiring the younger generation. Webinars are hosted live and recordings are posted online.