Programs for K-12 Teachers
A UNITE teacher works with gold and silver nanoparticles
The Center provides professional development opportunities through summer institutes and one-day workshops.
The Center, in collaboration with Danville School District #118, the Regional Office of Education#9 for Champaign - Ford Counties, and Education for Employment System #330 , offers the UIUC Nanotechnology Institutes for Teacher Enhancement (UNITE) program. This program offers a two-week summer institute during which participating teachers can look forward to a dynamic and engaging professional development opportunity. In this institute, teachers learn how scientists and engineers work to manipulate matter at the molecular level. Additionally, scientists at the University of Illinois and in industry demonstrate current research as well as the practical applications of these research principles in product development. All material developed in the institutes link to the Illinois Learning Standards, the PSAE Assessment Frameworks, and Advanced Placement courses.
We also offer single-day, hands-on workshops for up to thirty K-12 teachers. These workshops offer teachers the opportunity to learn about topics related to the Center's research efforts, and are usually conducted during in-service days.