NNIN RET Conference Dates: TBD
This year, we are doing our best to reduce paper waste by going paperless! Your information will be posted here.
Please conserve. Do not print documents unless absolutely necessary.
- Program logistics: Please read all information on the RET section of this website (this page and everything that links to it). As you go through the information, please make a list of questions for me. If you can email them to me in advance, I can add clarity to these pages before orientation.
- Research: Check in with your mentor about any reading you may need to do prior to your visit.
What to wear: During the summer program, dress comfortably and casually; however, closed toed shoes must be worn in the labs. On our orientation day, we will take group photos, so please look nice.
What to bring on your first day:
- laptop computer (if you have one)
- memory stick (if you have one)
- a copy of your insurance card
- signed forms
- a list of your questions for orientation
We will supply a computer workspace for you whilst here.
Commuting: Please use public transportation or car pool (van pool), if possible. The VISTA bus lines provide wireless internet.
Your First Day
Agenda: Our first orientation meeting will begin promptly on Monday, June 17th at 9:00 am in Engineering Science Building 2003.
- UCSB interactive campus map and building locator
- UCSB printable maps
- UCSB Campus Map
- 12:00 pm Lunch: Your mentors and faculty advisors will join you.
- 1:00 pm Meet your research group, lab safety specific to your lab, and information scavenger hunt.
Here is information we will cover at orientation:
Please read, print, and sign these forms and bring these documents with you to orientation.
- RET Deadlines and Money Matters details the deadlines of the program and the benchmarks of when and how much stipend is disbursed.
- RET Curriculum Development expectations
- RET Follow-up Activities and Support explains what is expected of teachers after the summer internship is completed.
The following forms were sent to you and you should bring them if you hadn't already mailed them in.
- Liability Waiver
- Emergency Contact Form Also, bring a photocopy of your insurance card with you.
- Photo Release Form
Other things we will cover at orientation:
- Lab Safety
- Lab Books
- Making the most out of your lab research internship
- Lab Group Scavenger Hunt: Questions to ask your mentor and find out about your lab and research. 10 things to make sure your mentor shares with you about your lab
Daily Working Schedule
Working Hours: All teachers are obligated to work a minimum of 40 hours per week:
For the first 6 weeks, this is 30 hours/week in lab and 10 hours/week on curriculum development, plus 1-hour (optional) lunchtime brainstorming sessions. Days off should be arranged with your lab mentor, and can be made up by working longer hours or weekend days.
Program Dates: June 17 - August 2, 2013
8 am – 10 am: Work with me on curriculum development (HFH 4152)
10 am – 12 noon: Research in your lab
12 noon – 1 pm: Optional: Meet for lunch at the CNSI Courtyard Cafe
1 pm – about 5 pm: Research in your lab
July 29 – August 2: Finalize curriculum—NO research (HFH 4152)
Your dedicated workspace: Your workspace is in the Harold Frank Hall (HFH) 4152. This lab is dedicated for the RET program, so that you can work on your curriculum. There will be nanotechnology resource books you can check out for background information.
Meetings: All NNIN meetings will be in the Harold Frank Hall (HFH) 4152.
- Every workday, 12:00–1:00 pm at the Nanocafé, there will be a brown bag lunch meeting between all of the RET interns and the NNIN Program Coordinator to discuss curriculum development.
- The last week of your RET program, plan to work 8:00 am–5:00 pm in the computer lab each day on curriculum (HFH 4152). All curriculum MUST be tested before submitting the first draft. You will have access to the teaching clean room laboratory (Engineering II room 1141) to test your activities. The NNIN will reimburse you for the expense of testing. You will not be expected to be in the lab the last week.
- Date and Location to be announced: Mandatory safety training by the UCSB Environmental Health & Safety Officer.
Curriculum: And background reading material:
- Format Guide
- Style Guide
- All curriculum must be linked to the California Science Standards (source: http://www.cde.ca.gov/be/st/ss/) and the National Science Standards for Grades 5-8 and/or Grades 9-12 (please follow our Standards Formatting Guide when listing the standards linked to your lab)
- Your curriculum will need to cover one or more of the Big Ideas of Nanoscience and Learning Goals.
- The awesome Feynman talk that started it all: There's Plenty of Room at the Bottom
- Social and Ethical Implications of Nanotechnology: document, NNIN SEI portal, and Center for Nanotechnology in Society portal
- An example of a strong RET curriculum developed by a previous RET participant.
ATM Machines on UCSB campus
Washington Mutual on side of UCEN, across from the Music Building; Wells Fargo at UCEN, inside main lobby, and outside near the general store; Bank of America outside of the Arbor. Montecito Bank and Trust in the Courtyard Cafe.
The gym costs $80 for the whole summer. Here is a link to check it out: UCSB RecCen.
Student Health is available for full service urgent, but not emergency medical care. Services also include auxiliaries such as laboratory, x-ray and pharmacy. It is open Monday through Friday, 8:00 am-4:30 pm. All services are on a fee-for-service basis and payment is required at the time of service via Mastercard or VISA only. You would be charged $70 for each appointment. If you come in, please let the person scheduling the appointment know you are with the NNIN program.
A list of all of your names has been given to the library. Go to the library front desk and give them your name and NNIN RET program, and they set you up. Here is a link to our library: UCSB Library.
For use in NNIN REU posters, presentations, etc. (right click on image and select "save as" to save)
NNIN Follow-up Activities and Support
Teachers will be required to:
- Refine the lesson developed for the classroom and use it with his/her students
- Create YouTube video highlighting a part of the lesson
- Attend 1 day workshop to prepare for NNIN NSE workshop
- Participate in NNIN RET Wiki
- Present at NNIN NSE Workshop at an NNIN site
Each host site will:
- Provide 3 days of support for continued refinement of the instructional unit and classroom support/coaching for incorporating the teaching module in the classroom
- Maintain communication with participants through e-mail, NNIN RET Wiki, and NNIN RET Facebook page
- Help record YouTube video of lesson highlight
- Host a follow-up meeting (on a day which will not remove participants from the classroom)
- view each other’s videos and provide constructive feedback
- share their classroom lesson experience and provide feedback
- suggest modifications to the NNIN RET program
- prepare for the NNIN NSE Workshop
Pre-service teacher follow-up: all pre-service teachers will:
- present their summer experience to one of their classes, home department, or group of local teachers
- assist the NNIN site education coordinator by providing some of the in-class support for the in-service teachers, such as:
helping to implement the developed activity
assisting in refining the activity
prepare an the NSTA presentation
TBD NNIN Nanoscale and Engineering Professional Development Workshop
All RET participants are required to travel to an NNIN Nanoscale Science and Engineering Professional Development Workshop (TBD) where they will share their RET experience with other teachers by:
- participating in the NNIN RET Nanotechnology session
- networking with NNIN RET participants from other NNIN sites
Reasonable travel expenses will be paid for by the NNIN. Program Coordinator will manage travel arrangements. We'll discuss details of the convocation as the time approaches.
Questions or Concerns