It has become clear through studies such as the National Academy of Sciences Publication, “Rising Above the Gathering Storm: Energizing and Employing America for a Brighter Economic Future,” that educating and exciting the public about science and technology, and attracting students to STEM fields is critical to the future economic success and environmental health of our nation and the world. The outreach programs developed by the Center for Directed Assembly of Nanostructures are intended to mitigate just this problem.
Our programs have reached many thousands of school children (K - 12), hundreds of families, 13 undergraduate students/year, 23 graduate students/year, several visiting scholars, about 10 High School Teachers/year, and many industrial researchers.
Our High School (HS) program works in synergy with R.P.H. Chang’s National Center for Learning and Teaching at Northwestern University and the high school curricula we have developed are now being disseminated to other school districts via a month long summer program for high school teachers. Our Molecularium® digital dome theater show is being translated into Korean and Arabic, and an expanded new IMAX version of the show, “Molecules to the MAX” (see the trailer or visit the website) has been released in the fall of 2009 in both 2D and 3D versions. We continue to seek out ways that we can reach the broader public, including discussions in progress with PBS about a pilot television show.