In furtherance of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s high-tech education and workforce training initiatives supporting nanotechnology-enabled growth across New York, SUNY’s College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) and the CNSE Children’s Museum of Science and Technology (CNSE CMOST) hosted a group of young women on Friday, August 16 at the NanoCollege for the conclusion of the week-long CNSE CMOST Summer NanoCamp.
The CNSE CMOST Summer NanoCamp introduces students to the power of nanotechnology that underpins New York’s innovation economy. To promote the role of women in science, this latest cohort consisted entirely of girls who toured CNSE’s state-of-the-art facilities and took part in a number of exciting, hands-on activities that introduced them to the latest nanoscale concepts.
Among the activities offered throughout the program, the young women gowned up in cleanroom “bunny suits” and conducted thought-provoking nano-related experiments; learned about innovations in nanomedicine using a life-sized model of a human torso; extracted DNA strands from bananas to learn about DNA; and built polymer chains to understand their importance in nanotechnology.
About CNSE. SUNY’s College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) is the first college in the world dedicated to education, research, development, and deployment in the emerging disciplines of nanoscience, nanoengineering, nanobioscience, and nanoeconomics. With more than $17 billion in high-tech investments, CNSE represents the world’s most advanced university-driven research enterprise, offering students a one-of-a-kind academic experience and providing over 300 corporate partners with access to an unmatched ecosystem for leading-edge R&D and commercialization of nanoelectronics and nanotechnology innovations. CNSE’s footprint spans upstate New York, including its Albany NanoTech Complex, a 1.3 million- square-foot megaplex with the only fully-integrated, 300mm and 450mm wafer computer chip pilot prototyping and demonstration lines within 135,000 square feet of Class 1 capable cleanrooms. More than 3,100 scientists, researchers, engineers, students, and faculty work here, from companies including IBM, Intel, GlobalFoundries, SEMATECH, Samsung, TSMC, Applied Materials, Tokyo Electron, ASML, and Lam Research. CNSE’s latest expansion, which includes NanoFab Xtension (NFX), headquarters for the world’s first Global 450mm Consortium (G450C), and the Zero Energy Nanotechnology (ZEN) building, a living laboratory for green energy technologies, will add more than 1,000 scientists, researchers, and engineers from CNSE and global corporations. CNSE’s Solar Energy Development Center in Halfmoon provides a prototyping and demonstration line for next-generation CIGS thin-film solar cells, supporting its leadership of the U.S. Photovoltaic Manufacturing Consortium (PVMC). CNSE’s Smart System Technology and Commercialization Center of Excellence (STC) in Rochester offers state-of-the-art capabilities for MEMS fabrication and packaging. CNSE also co-founded and manages operations at the Computer Chip Commercialization Center at SUNYIT in Utica. For information, visit www.sunycnse.com.
About the CNSE Children’s Museum of Science and Technology. Part of the SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE), the Children’s Museum of Science and Technology (CMOST) is ranked one of the top 20 science centers in the nation by Parents magazine, and is the only science center in Tech Valley specifically designed for kids and their families to explore, discover, and imagine the world of science together. Founded in 1954 by the Junior League of Troy, CMOST reaches more than 80,000 visitors annually, inspiring their young minds to engage in a lifelong exploration of science and technology, instilling a sense of wonder and discovery. The Children's Museum of Science and Technology is located at 250 Jordan Road (in the Rensselaer Technology Park) in Troy, New York. For information, visit www.cmost.org.