North­eastern Uni­ver­sity Con­tinues Efforts with Boston Public Schools to Increase Sci­ence and Math Achieve­ment in Ele­men­tary and Middle School Students

Local stu­dents to par­tic­i­pate in nan­otech­nology activ­i­ties at North­eastern for Public Sci­ence Day in Boston; Step UP Pro­gram Ini­tia­tives Con­tinue to Thrive

WHAT: North­eastern Uni­ver­sity will host stu­dents from the Curley and Lewen­berg Schools in Boston to explore the world of nan­otech­nology as part of an enter­taining and edu­ca­tional Public Sci­ence Day. The city-​​wide event is spon­sored by the Amer­ican Asso­ci­a­tion for the Advance­ment of Sci­ence (AAAS) and cor­re­sponds to their annual meeting in Boston. North­eastern has also been working with the Curley and Lewen­berg Ele­men­tary Schools as part of Step UP, a part­ner­ship between eleven Boston public schools and local col­leges that aims to help close the achieve­ment gap.

Boston’s Mayor, Thomas M. Menino, has been invited to attend the Public Sci­ence Day lun­cheon where more than 300 stu­dents par­tic­i­pating at the 6 area col­leges will con­vene as a group. Dr. Greta Bin­ford, Assis­tant Pro­fessor of Biology at Lewis and Clark Col­lege, will give a pre­sen­ta­tion about the world of spi­ders to the stu­dents. Boston’s Super­in­ten­dent of Schools, Carol Johnson, is also invited to attend.

As part of Public Sci­ence Day at North­eastern, stu­dents will have a chance to play “The Incred­ibly Almost-​​True Adven­tures of Geck­oMan and Nano Nancy,” an inter­ac­tive video game that teaches the player about the prin­ci­ples of nano­ma­te­rial sci­ences. With the help of North­eastern grad­uate stu­dents and researchers, they will also have an oppor­tu­nity to learn about nanomed­i­cine by working in teams to create their own mag­netic (iron oxide) nanoparticles.

The activ­i­ties at North­eastern are orga­nized and hosted by stu­dents, staff and fac­ulty of Northeastern’s Center for STEM (Sci­ence, Tech­nology, Engi­neering and Math) Edu­ca­tion, the NSF Nanoscale Sci­ence and Engi­neering for High-​​rate Nanoman­u­fac­turing, the NSF Grad­uate Teaching Fel­lows in K-​​12 Edu­ca­tion Pro­gram and the IGERT Nanomed­i­cine program.

Northeastern’s efforts for the Step UP pro­gram include pro­fes­sional devel­op­ment for teachers, launching the First Steps in Math­e­matics with teachers, coor­di­nating family math ses­sions to engage par­ents in their chil­drens’ edu­ca­tion, and pro­viding direct aca­d­emic sup­port during and after school. Over twenty North­eastern stu­dents are pro­viding more than eighty hours of direct instruc­tion each week to stu­dents at partner schools. Other Step UP partner uni­ver­si­ties include Boston Col­lege, Boston Uni­ver­sity, Tufts Uni­ver­sity and Har­vard University.

WHERE: North­eastern Uni­ver­sity, Dodge Hall (324 Hunt­ington Avenue) and Behrakis Health Sci­ences Center (30 Leon Street)

WHEN: Thursday, Feb­ruary 14, 2008, 9:15–11:25 a.m.; depart for Sher­aton Boston at 11:45 a.m. for luncheon

For more infor­ma­tion about Public Sci­ence Day activ­i­tiesat North­eastern, or about Step UP pro­grams, please con­tact Jenny Eriksen at(617) 373‑2802 or j.​eriksen@​neu.​edu.

About the Center for STEM Edu­ca­tion at Northeastern

This newly-​​established University-​​wide Center aspires to serve as the con­necting link between all the Uni­ver­sity Sci­ence, Tech­nology, Engi­neering, and Math (STEM) Depart­ments and the School of Edu­ca­tion. Our main goal is to play a key role in shaping the GK-​​20 STEM Edu­ca­tion vision at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity and put the Uni­ver­sity on the national map in this field. This will be accom­plished in part by con­sol­i­dating and coor­di­nating existing out­reach pro­grams and by cre­ating new ones that will have a sig­nif­i­cant impact on the STEM pipeline, on STEM teaching and learning in GK-​​20, on GK-​​12 STEM out­reach, and on STEM Edu­ca­tion Research.

About the NSF Center for High-​​Rate Nanomanufacturing

The Center for High-​​rate Nanoman­u­fac­turing is focused on devel­oping tools and processes that will enable high-​​rate/​high-​​volume bottom-​​up, pre­cise, par­allel assembly of nanoele­ments (such as carbon nan­otubes, nanopar­ti­cles, etc.) and polymer nanos­truc­tures. The Center’s nan­otem­plates are uti­lized to con­duct fast, mas­sive directed assembly of nanoscale ele­ments by con­trol­ling the forces required to assemble, detach, and transfer nanoele­ments at high rates and over large areas. The devel­oped nan­otem­plates and tools will accel­erate the cre­ation of highly antic­i­pated com­mer­cial prod­ucts and will enable the cre­ation of an entirely new gen­er­a­tion of applications.

About IGERT

IGERT Nanomed­i­cine Sci­ence and Tech­nology is a new inte­grated doc­toral edu­ca­tion pro­gram in the emerging field of Nanomed­i­cine, cre­ated with sup­port from the National Cancer Insti­tute and the National Sci­ence Foun­da­tion. The pro­gram aims to edu­cate the next gen­er­a­tion of sci­en­tists and tech­nol­o­gists with the req­ui­site skill sets to address sci­en­tific and engi­neering chal­lenges, with the nec­es­sary busi­ness, eth­ical and global per­spec­tives that will be needed in the rapidly emerging area of applying nan­otech­nology to human health. Doc­toral stu­dents affil­i­ated with this pro­gram par­tic­i­pate in a variety of edu­ca­tional out­reach pro­grams in col­lab­o­ra­tion with The Center for STEM Education.

About GK12-​​PLUS

This pro­gram pro­vides funding to grad­uate stu­dents in NSF-​​supported STEM dis­ci­plines to acquire addi­tional skills that will broadly pre­pare them for pro­fes­sional and sci­en­tific careers in the 21st cen­tury. Through inter­ac­tions with teachers and stu­dents in K-​​12 schools, and with other grad­uate fel­lows and fac­ulty from STEM dis­ci­plines, grad­uate stu­dents are improving com­mu­ni­ca­tion, teaching, col­lab­o­ra­tion, and team building skills while enriching STEM learning and instruc­tion in partner K-​​12 schools. This pro­gram is coor­di­nated by The Center for STEM Edu­ca­tion and the School of Education.

About North­eastern

Founded in 1898, North­eastern Uni­ver­sity is a pri­vate research uni­ver­sity located in the heart of Boston. North­eastern is a leader in inter­dis­ci­pli­nary research, urban engage­ment, and the inte­gra­tion of class­room learning with real-​​world expe­ri­ence. The university’s dis­tinc­tive coop­er­a­tive edu­ca­tion pro­gram, where stu­dents alter­nate semes­ters of full-​​time study with semes­ters of paid work in fields rel­e­vant to their pro­fes­sional inter­ests and major, is one of the largest and most inno­v­a­tive in the world. The Uni­ver­sity offers a com­pre­hen­sive range of under­grad­uate and grad­uate pro­grams leading to degrees through the doc­torate in six under­grad­uate col­leges, eight grad­uate schools, and two part-​​time divi­sions. For more infor­ma­tion, please visit www​.north​eastern​.edu.