By Cameron Chai
The University at Albany’s College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) and the City School District of Albany (CSDA) decided to recognize 16 students of Albany High School (AHS) who completed the innovative “NanoHigh” program successfully. This program was specifically designed to enable students to actively participate in the emerging field of nanotechnology.
NanoHigh is the first national-level nanotechnology program at a public school that introduces students to the world of nanotechnology. This program was launched four years ago and 75 AHS students completed the program successfully and received certificates. This program was aimed to improve students’ opportunities in nanotechnology-based careers across New York State and in the Capital Region.
Students explored the concept of nanotechnology through theoretical class work at AHS and practical laboratory work at CNSE’s Albany NanoTech Complex. They will get the opportunity to explore nanotechnological concepts that enable technological advancements in health care, electronics, military and information technology, energy and the environment and many others.
AHS students get involved in various hands-on sessions throughout the year by making use of CNSE’s advanced laboratories and world-class facilities. Students can employ the integrated circuit technologies to perform patterning and fabrication at the nanoscale level. Besides, they can explore integrated circuit technologies to make advancements in forensic DNA fingerprinting, nanomedicine, nanoeconomics and renewable energy technologies, such as ultracapacitors and solar cells for storage of energy.