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Oakton's Remote Access of Nanotechnology Guidance for Educators - September 2, 9, 16, & 23, 2016
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For high school and college science and technology teachers . . .

Oakton's Remote Access to Nanotechnology Guidance for Educators (ORANGE)

Earn free graduate credit through Aurora University

 4 Day Kick-Off Workshop

February 17 & 24 and March 3 & 10, 2017

Oakton Community College Nanotech Laboratory

Illinois Science + Technology Park, 8025 Lamon Avenue, Skokie, IL


carbon nanoture and c60Over the next few years, the nanotech industry will need six million workers worldwide. Oakton’s free Nanotechnology Education Program, designed for science and technology  teachers, can give you the tools to help students get in on the ground floor of this rapidly growing field.


Workshop take aways:

  • Learn to use cutting-edge nanotechnology equipment via remote access.
  • Design a classroom activity to introduce students to key nanotech concepts.
  • Earn three semester hours of graduate credit through Aurora University, Aurora, IL.


Program Timeline:  

Registration Deadline - Friday, February 10, 2017
Online Review December 2016 - January 2017 Review background material in physics, chemistry, and biology.
4 Day Kick-Off Workshop February 17 & 24 and March 3 & 10, 2017 Get hands-on experience with atomic force, scanning electron, and fluorescence microscopes; spectrometers and ellipsometers; and a qNano particle characterization device at Oakton's state-of-the-art nanotech lab.
Classroom Activity Development March - April, 2017 With online support, create a nanotechnology classroom activity.
Activity Presentation May 2017 Present your activity via webinar to program participants and to the Oakton community at a STEM seminar.
2 Day Closing Workshop May 26 and June 2, 2017 Fine-tune activities, learn additional nanotechnology content, and gain a deeper understanding of the equipment.


Ongoing resources:

  • Tap into Oakton faculty for expertise and information.
  • Bring students to the nanotech lab for hands-on instruction.
  • Be part of an electronic learning community and support network.

Participation is open to US residents representing academic institutions and is free of charge, with priority enrollment supporting those applicants who intend to offer a module associated with nanotechnology at their home institution.

Costs associated with workshop attendance for travel, housing and meals will be reimbursed by the NSF.If you are in need of accommodations, please contact Bob Sompolski at 847-635-1975.

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 What is the reimbursement process?

Costs associated with attending the workshops that involve housing or travel will be reimbursed to attendees after submission of the event reimbursement form. Attendees must complete the reimbursement form that will be distributed at the event and provide original receipts to the following address.

Bob Sompolski
Oakton Community College – Division 2
1600 E. Golf Road
Des Plaines, IL 60016

Processing of the paperwork may take 2 or more weeks after the form is received.  Supported travel by automobile will be reimbursed for fuel and at the federal compensation rate of 54 cents/mile. Supported travel by other means will be reimbursed for coach class travel.  The workshop will provide breakfast and lunch on each workshop day.  Participants are responsible for their own dinner plans.  Reimbursement for accommodations will be made for time spent at the Chicago North Shore Double Tree in support of workshop attendance.

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

Transportation to the hotel should be arranged by attendees.  A shuttle form the hotel to the IS+TP can be arranged upon arrival. Transportation details to the Illinois Science + Technology Park are available at this link.

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

For information, contact John Ireland, Nanotechnology Grant Project Manager at 847-635-1688 or

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

Please bring your printed ticket on the first day of your workshop.  This will enable staff to scan the document as evidence of your attendance.



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These activities are sponsored by the National Science Foundation‚ Advanced Technological Education Program under Award No. 1304016. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

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Illinois Science + Technology Park
Suite 030
8025 Lamon Ave.
Skokie, IL 60077


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