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10/03/2012
Elementary Schools Take Advantage of Nanotech Professional Development Presentation at TEC-SMART; Hosted by Hudson Valley Community College

CONTACT: Deborah Renfrew (518) 629-7180, d.renfrew@hvcc.edu
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012

What: Hudson Valley Community College, along with several area nanotech institutions, is hosting a professional development seminar on nanotechnology for area elementary schools at the Training and Education Center for Semiconductor Manufacturing and Alternative and Renewable Technologies (TEC-SMART) in Malta. More than 45 teachers from 18 school districts across the Capital Region are registered to participate in the seminar while students, 200 in total, take part in STEM-based (science, technology, math and engineering) learning activities. Student activities include experiments with NanoTex fabric, metallic glass, ultraviolet beads and hydrophobic sand.

Why: Nanotechnology has a major impact on our daily lives and will drive the jobs of the future. This seminar is focused on helping teachers to incorporate the study of nanotechnology into the regular classroom curriculum in an effort to encourage students to pursue this field of study as they move into higher education.

Who: Hudson Valley is hosting the event, which is sponsored by its National Science Foundation grant-funded program, the Northeast Advanced Technological Education Center (NEATEC). Other sponsors are the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), and two of NEATEC’s sub-awardees: the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering at the University at Albany and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Where: TEC-SMART in NYSERDA’s Saratoga Technology + Energy Park® (STEP®), Malta.

When: 10-11:30 a.m. and 1-2:30p.m., Thursday, Oct.4, 2012

Details: TEC-SMART was completed in January 2010 as a joint initiative of Hudson Valley and NYSERDA. It features more than a dozen state-of-the art classrooms and laboratories where students are trained in semiconductor manufacturing and green technologies, including photovoltaic, wind energy, geothermal, alternative fuels and home energy efficiency.

Directions: From I-87, take exit 12 to Route 67 east across Route 9, where it becomes Dunning St. Continue east through traffic circles, until nearly a mile after the second circle, Dunning St. curves sharply to the left. Turn right here onto Hermes Road and follow signs for TEC-SMART.