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nanoCamp brings the world of nanoscience to Virginia high school students


BLACKSBURG, Va., July 16, 2012 – Approximately 40 high school students from across Virginia will descend upon the Virginia Tech campus Aug. 4 through 5 to experience first-hand the mysteries and marvels of nanoscience.

Sponsored by Virginia Tech’s College of Science and the Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science, the two-day nanoCamp will provide students entering grades 9 through 12 the opportunity to learn from leading scholars and researchers through a variety of activities, presentations, and laboratory exercises.

“nanoCamp will engage high-school students in activities that foster engagement and interest in Virginia Tech, science, and nanoscience, in particular,” said Melanie Matthews, education support specialist for new undergraduate programs in the College of Science and nanoCamp coordinator.

Participants will arrive on Saturday, Aug. 4, and will spend the afternoon in college laboratories. Students and their chaperones will spend the night in East Ambler Johnston Residence Hall.

Students will return to the laboratories Sunday morning, Aug. 5, and activities will continue until a closing ceremony at 3:30 p.m.

For more information on nanoCamp, email Melanie Matthews.

The College of Science at Virginia Tech gives students a comprehensive foundation in the scientific method. Outstanding faculty members teach courses and conduct research in biological sciences, chemistry, economics, geosciences, mathematics, physics, psychology, and statistics. The college offers programs in cutting-edge areas including, among others, those in energy and the environment, developmental science across the lifespan, infectious diseases, computational science, nanoscience, and neuroscience. The College of Science is dedicated to fostering a research-intensive environment that promotes scientific inquiry and outreach.