MACES faculty and graduate students kicked-off their educational module development for high school teachers with a weeklong workshop on June 6 -10. Attended by six teachers selected from a large pool of applicants, the workshop developed modules that will be used in classrooms at Merced Golden Valley HS, Buhach Colony HS and Livingstone HS in the AY 2016-2017. The goal of the workshop was to assist local HS science/engineering teachers in their curriculum development, with focus on subjects that MACES specializes in: energy and sensing. To this end, the graduate students formed three groups, each working on one topic. These were Light and Energy, Nanotechnology, and Sensors in Everyday Life. The workshop opened with welcome remarks by Prof. Jennifer Lu, followed by brief introductory talks on each topic by graduate students Som Sarang and Melissa Xu and Profs. Min Hwan Lee and Sai Ghosh. Over the next day or so, the teachers toured the research labs and interacted with the students informally as they got a feel for what the modules would look like, and what the participating graduate students were working on in their labs. Through these discussions, the final module structures developed as: a tutorial on each topic, a report of applications related to each and a demo with accompanying set of instructions. With Fall semester coming up, plans are in full swing as MACES center manager Mariana Hernandez and STEM Resource Center Coordinator Dr. Petia Gueorguieva join Prof. Ghosh in planning the schedule for the graduate students to visit each school and introduce the modules. The most popular modules requested by the teachers include Fuel cells and Batteries, Solar Cells, Atomic Force Microscopy, Surface-to-volume in the nanoscale, and Crime Scene Investigation, led by students Angela Andrade, Som Sarang, Jose Amaral, Mark Bartolo, and Melissa Xu, respectively.

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