Each March, the IIN sponsors the All Scout Nano Day. Conceived by Michael Kleppinger, Northrup Grumman engineer and assistant scoutmaster, the event has brought over 1,200 Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and Venturing Crews to the Northwestern University campus to learn about nanotechnology.
The event includes presentations by graduate students and professors on “What is Nanotechnology?” and “Being a Scientist,” demonstrations of high-end laboratory equipment, and hands-on activities that illustrate nanoscience concepts. It also includes an informational session for parents on how to encourage and support their children’s interest in science and engineering. The day concludes with a pizza party and award ceremony where a team of graduate students award medals to the troops whose posters demonstrate the highest quality content and creativity.
This innovative program has proven very successful in encouraging young children to consider science and engineering as a career.
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