Let’s bring nanotechnology to your classroom 

NEWT is dedicated to building a diverse and inclusive workforce through the promotion of innovative K-12 teacher and student engineering programs for communities most in need.  Through our pre-college partnerships, we aim to engage all students in nanotechnology, project-based learning, and water sustainability concepts. 

NEWT K-12 Lessons 
These engineering activities and challenges engage K-12 students in standards-aligned  NEWT  topics. 

NEWT K-12 Videos
These whiteboard animation videos engage K-12 students in high-level nanotechnology research topics.


STEM Students

NEWT offers two programs for K-12 teachers, the NanoEnvironmental Engineering for Teachers (NEET) course and a Research Experience for Teachers (RET).

NEWT NanoEnvironmental Engineering for Teachers (NEET)

The NEWT NanoEnvironmental Engineering for Teachers (NEET) course is for AP Environmental Science, Environmental Systems, and Biology/Life Sciences teachers to learn about water sustainability, Engineering Design, and Project-Based Learning. Participants receive 45 CPE hours, a $600 stipend, and a materials kit!

The purpose of the program is to increase the content knowledge of educators and to empower them in implementing rigorous project-based engineering activities on the topic of water sustainability in the classroom. The goals of NEET are to:

  • Think reflectively and critically about current teacher practices;
  • Improve secondary teachers’ understanding of advanced placement and state standards;
  • Facilitate the transformation of teacher practice through the exploration of best practices in educational pedagogy;
  • Disseminate NEWT research conducted at Rice University, Arizona State University (ASU), The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP), and Yale University; and
  • Support NEET participants in the application of Problem-Based Learning (PBL) and engineering practices.

Meet our NEET Teachers!

Research Experience for Teachers (RET)

The Research Experience for Teachers (RET) is a year-long program for teachers in the Houston, TX; El Paso, TX; and Phoenix, AZ areas. The program includes a 6-week internship in a nanotechnology research laboratory focused on water treatment. Selected participants will work in laboratories doing research on water treatment at Rice University, The University of Texas at El Paso, or Arizona State University, depending on their area. The internship includes a 7-week internship in one of these labs, lesson planning, and travel to Houston, TX to present at a symposium.


Here is an example of a lesson plan by one of our NEWT teachers. 

S.Reyes_Liquid Crystal Polymers from NEWT Center on Vimeo.

Have a question? Get in touch with Christina Crawford.