Spartan teachers donate their Saturday to Science

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Saturday, February 25, three teachers from Rio Mesa High School, Corene Duarte, Lorraine Wood-Newberry, and Rano Sidhu travelled to UCLA on their own time, to attend a California Nano Science Institute workshop on the uses of Nanowires and conductive plastics. The participants learned about the current developments in the cutting edge field of conductive plastics, and nano-sensors.

The workshop started off with a critical question related to the concept to be introduced. Followed by a lecture given by Dr. Kaner, one of the principle researchers in the area of conductive plastics. Discussion then took place around this scientific or nanotechnology concept. The teachers did a “hands on” lab, guided by the graduate student and/or postdoc. The teachers concluded the workshop by discussing and reviewing the concepts presented, determining where the concept will fit into their curriculum and with what specific California Science Standard(s). Each teacher was given a kit, with enough materials for 90 students, to take back to their classroom.

Later in the school year, Mrs. Duarte, Mrs. Newberry, and Dr. Sidhu will return to UCLA to participate in more standards based hands on science seminars, and will return with kits for experiments in Biotoxicity, Magnetic Fluids, and Water Purification.

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