Educational outreach is an important part of the Fellowship experience for each Ryan Fellow. Every year, the Ryan Fellows give back to the academic community through volunteer work of their choice. The IIN provides a number of annual, educational outreach opportunities, such as Zoom Into Nano Day at the Museum of Science and Industry. Utilizing kits provided by the Nanoscale Informal STEM Education Network, a team of 4-6 Ryan Fellows set-up a room at the Museum with demonstrations that engage hundreds of visitors in hands-on activities explaining various elements of nanotechnology. These highly interactive Zoom Into Nano Dayexperiments range from exploring nanofabrication with gummy capsules to exploring thin films and hydrogels. Often Fellows seek out additional opportunities offered by other organizations, like tutoring a high school student, or participating in the National Maker Faire.
Ryan Fellows introduce nanotechnology topics to people of all ages at events such as Zoom into Nano at the Museum of Science & Industry, Chicago.
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