Coppin State University, the historically Black educational institution in Baltimore, announced that it has joined the Nanotechnology Professional Development Partnership Project. The initiative is led by the Center for Nanotechnology Education and Utilization at Pennsylvania State University and is supported by the National Science Foundation.
The project brings together several universities from across the country with the common purpose of advancing the knowledge and use of nanotechnology. The program is geared toward training and equipping students and educators with skills needed to create and sustain economically viable nanotechnology education across the United States. Participants can connect to training programs over the internet, and the program is accessible to pre-high school, high school, college, postgraduate and STEM educators
As a partner, Coppin State University’s Center for Nanotechnology will offer training on state-of-the-art-instrumentation at the center via live web-streaming workshops. Registered students across the country can join in and learn useful skills. Likewise, students at Coppin State University can access and control nanotechnology-based analytical instruments and learn various nanotechnology concepts in other participating institutions from their home or classroom via a video conferencing calling program.
“There are estimates that as many as 6 million nanotechnology jobs will be needed by 2020,” says Coppin State University President Maria Thompson. “With this effort, Coppin is part of a national virtual classroom striving to produce that needed workforce.”