3/12/2012 10:22:23 AM
Dozens of students participate in 15th Annual Nationwide Youth Symposium at UAlbany NanoCollege
More than 50 “future nanoscientists” between the ages of 13 and 17 spent part of their weekend immersed in nanotechnology at the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) as part of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc.’s 15th Annual Nationwide Youth Symposium, held March 10 at the UAlbany NanoCollege.
The symposium was presented by the Theta Gamma Sigma Capital District Alumnae Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. in partnership with CNSE.
Students participated in several engaging activities led by CNSE faculty members and researchers. They learned how to gown up in “bunny suits” that are worn in CNSE’s cleanrooms, discovered how to extract a DNA strand from a banana, and built polymer worms to reinforce the central role of polymers in nanotechnology.
Students who attended the symposium belong to a variety of community groups, including the Girl Scouts, Trinity Institution, Parson’s Child & Family Center, Girls Inc., Frank Chapman Memorial Institute, Inc., the Sisters with Pride Organization, Henry Johnson Charter School, Albany Leadership Girls Charter School, and Green Tech, among others.
This innovative educational forum was designed to encourage students to take interest in the exciting educational and career opportunities driven by nanotechnology, as well as related science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. The event also reinforced CNSE’s strong commitment to engaging young people in the fast-growing field of nanotechnology and sharing the unparalleled educational and career opportunities it offers.