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UNR students to bring energy research into K-12 classrooms
by Tribune Staff
Aug 21, 2011 | 643 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Kam Leang works with students in his nanotechnology lab on an artificial fin project.
Kam Leang works with students in his nanotechnology lab on an artificial fin project.
RENO — Graduate students at the University of Nevada, Reno will be back in middle and high school this fall, at the front of the classroom, working with teachers to present their energy-related science and engineering research to students.

With a $1.2 million grant just awarded to the College of Engineering from the National Science Foundation, doctoral students will be enhancing their skills above and beyond a traditional graduate program by providing valuable training in teaching, mentoring and communicating science and technology to the general public.

“It’s an exciting project with significant benefits for all involved,” Kam K. Leang, the project’s principal investigator and associate professor in the mechanical engineering department at the university, said.  “Particularly, the training program’s main goal is to build on doctoral students’ science and technology education, to prepare these NSF E-Fellows to become future STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) leaders and to help promote and grow STEM in Nevada.”

Research topics that might be presented include energy harvesting using smart materials, nanomaterials for photovoltaics, hydrogen energy and storage, biomass and biofuels, geothermal, wind energy and efficient power grid systems.

This program will involve faculty from mechanical, civil, electrical, chemical and materials engineering as well as the College of Science, College of Education and the College of Agriculture, Biotechnology and Natural Resources.

As part of the program, a traveling energy science/technology lab, the E-Mobile, will be outfitted with energy-related demonstrations, exhibits and hands-on projects (some created by fellow/teacher partners and students) to excite students and the community.
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