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NanoAcademy is a workshop for students to participate in STEM lessons designed by experienced teachers inspired by the ongoing research at Rice University, Arizona State University (ASU), and The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP).

This year, workshops are being held at Highlands High School in San Antonio, TX, Rice University in Houston, TX, ASU in Tempe, AZ, and UTEP in El Paso, TX. Lessons range from 4th-12th grade in level and cover a variety of topics, including water pollution & treatment, alternative forms of medicine, cells and much more!

NanoAcademy is free for students who register online. Students that arrive at the workshop without registering and submitting a signed agreement form will be turned away. 

Breakfast will be provided for all students. Students can drive themselves, take public transportation, or be dropped off by parents/guardians. Parents/guardians can park and walk students up, but parking validations will not be provided for parents/guardians or students. Parents/guardians will NOT be allowed into the classrooms with students.

Registration for NanoAcademy workshops in San Antonio, TX; Houston, TX; and Phoenix, AZ is now closed.

Registration for all workshops will open November 15, 2019. Registration closes two weeks prior to the workshop – agreement forms are due by this day. All applicants will receive an email update regarding their status no later than one week prior to the start of the workshop.

Workshop Location & Date
Highlands High School
February 1, 2020
Rice University
February 8, 2020
Rice University & ASU
February 15, 2020
UTEP
February 22, 2020

 


Highlands High School | Rice | ASU | UTEP

NanoAcademy at Highlands High School

Registration for the San Antonio workshop on February 1, 2020 is now closed.

GRADE LEVELS
DATE & TIME
LOCATION
6th-12th Grade
February 1, 2020
Saturday
8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. CST
Highlands High School
3118 Elgin Ave.
San Antonio, TX 78210

For Grades 6-12:
Power from the Sun 
Students design a Solar Panel array for different residential roofs. They will have to work within a budget and with limited supplies and their goal is to maximize the amount of energy that they can get the sun to produce for them.

NanoAcademy at Rice University

Registration for the Rice University workshops on February 8 and 15, 2020 are now closed.

GRADE LEVELS
DATE & TIME
LOCATION
4th-12th Grade
February 8, 2020
Saturday
8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. CST
Rice University
6500 Main Street
Houston, TX 77030

For Grades 4-7:
Storage Bag Challenge & Mixed Up Mixtures
Students will analyze the resistance of resealable storage bags and create a mixture separation tool kit to aid in the separation of a certain properties in mixtures.

For Grades 5-9:
Water Systems & Water Scaling 
Students learn about various forms of water watershed pollution then design a system using common food items to break down deposited materials.

For Grades 9-12:
Crystals & Energy 
Students problem solve their way through challenges of salt deposits and think critically to design build generators.

 

GRADE LEVELS
DATE & TIME
LOCATION
7th-12th Grade
February 15, 2020
Saturday
8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. CST
Rice University
6500 Main Street
Houston, TX 77030

For Grades 7-9:
Let’s Get Cellular!
Students will customize fluorescent dyes to help visualize  functions of cells more acutely and understand the growing world of carbon nanotubes impacts on cancer diagnosis.

For Grades 9-10:
Environmentally Sound: From Adhesion to Zapp’s (A-Z)
Students will analyze a real-world environmental issue by reengineering the toxicity in plastic and create molecular models of products.

For Grades 9-12:
Resin Prototype Key Chain
Students will use a conventional manufacturing approach to engineering a resin product.

NanoAcademy at Arizona State University

Registration for the Arizona State University workshop on February 15, 2020 is now closed.

GRADE LEVELS
DATE & TIME
LOCATION
5th-12th Grade
February 15, 2020
Saturday
8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. MST
Arizona State University
Tempe Campus
Tempe, AZ 85281

For Grades 5-8:
Bacteria Says What!?
Students learn how engineers are working to combat bacteria that are rapidly becoming antibiotic resistant and how nanotechnology can potentially be an solution.

For Grades 9-12:
Can Nanosponges Be Dwarf-Sized Healers?
This biomedical maker challenge introduces students to the fields of biomedical engineering and nanotechnology for the potential to develop novel medical therapeutics.

NanoAcademy at UTEP
GRADE LEVELS
DATE & TIME
LOCATION
4th-5th, 8th-12th Grade
February 22, 2020
Saturday
8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. MST
The University of Texas
at El Paso
500 W University Avenue
El Paso, TX 79968

For Grades 4-5:
The Water Around Us
Students will think critically and build on their prior knowledge to design models of natural sources of water.

For Grades 8-12:
Car Crashes: Side-Impact Safety Features
Students will explore the use of nanomaterials as they design car safety features.


NanoAcademy Registration

Eligible grade levels vary by activity.

Registration for the workshops closes two weeks prior to the workshop dates. Registrants will be notified of their registration status no later than one week prior to the workshop. Space is limited, therefore, completing the registration process does not guarantee placement in the workshops.

Registrants will be required to submit a signed release form with their registration (Highlands High SchoolRiceASUUTEP). If you are unable to upload the form to your registration, you can:

  • email it to stem@rice.edu;
  • fax it to 713-348-3825; OR
  • mail it to 6100 Main Street, MS-7836, Houston, TX 77005
Workshop Location & Date
Highlands High School
February 1, 2020
Rice University
February 8, 2020
Rice University & ASU
February 15, 2020
UTEP
February 22, 2020