Integration of nanotechnology in a STEM based high school curriculum through the investigation of wetting properties of nano-imprinted and silanized surfaces
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Nanotechnology is an emerging field of engineering. Awareness needs to be fostered in the K-12 education system in order to sustain its expansion. As a current Algebra 1 teacher, I participated in the NASCENT research program to further my education in nanotechnology and find ways to integrate this content and practices in my Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) based Algebra 1 curriculum. During the research, I learned about surface tension of solids and liquids and its effects on materials' wetting properties. After completing the research program, I created a 2-week long project where students will replicate my experiences during this research. The purpose of this report is to investigate the need for the integration of nanotechnology in STEM classes and find ways to turn my research experience into real-world learning opportunities for my students.