State of Education: Introducing students to nanotechnology
This past Tuesday, President Obama paid a visit to the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering in Albany. The very next day, the guest list continued. Vince Gallagher reports.
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"We bring thirty students here, seventh grade students, for three years in a row now, to expose them to nanotechnology to help them grasp science in their education and explain to them how important science careers are," said Al Romano, Newburgh School Science Dept. Chair.
The idea is introduce to students to a growing number of nanotechnology-related careers, while promoting science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM. It's become an annual tradition, but no one knew it would run so close to the president's schedule.
"It's really important and I'm glad that Barack Obama is supporting math and technology in our country so that our students, our people are ready for the future in this country in those areas," said Romano.
Whether it was demonstrating contamination through bubbles or electricity through Jello, students got a chance to look at the nanotechnology field. That’s something the president talked about it, and how it's continued to grow in the Capital Region. Educators say we need to keep moving in that direction.
"We do need to get the education back on track, we do need to provide more jobs at home, more in-sourcing so they can see there's a chance that I can stay here, I've got something to look forward to,” said Steve Stewart, CNSE Tech Support.
You could say it’s appropriate the nano-career day took place just after President Obama's visit to the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering. While he was there, he touched upon two important points: creativity in technology and teamwork, both of which can be applied to manufacturing and education.
"Manufacturing is crying for more highly educated people and they're seeing it happen here and that's one of the things that enables this to bring all those people together for that purpose," said Stewart.
As for the students, they were just as excited to be a second act for the president as they were about the technology.
"I think it's really cool that he came here because he lives in Washington and he came all the way here to see us," said one student, Katelyn Nolan.
"It feels good to be in the same place as the president was, to walk in his footsteps," said another student, Aidan Rice.
Getting it down to a science, whether president or pupil.