Updated 12/02/2011 05:00 AM
State of Education: Nanoscience
All across New York state, nanotechnology is becoming more and more popular in the workplace and the classrooms. Education reporter Vince Gallagher has more.
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Over 100 educators from the Utica City School District visited the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering of the University at Albany.
"This is the first college in the world that is solely dedicated to research and deployment on nanoscale science and engineering exclusively," said Richard Matyi, Professor of Nanoscience.
Teachers got a firsthand look at educational and career opportunities in the growing field of nanotechnology. It's here where students need to handle a broad range of educational activities.
"And anything the teachers can do to better prepare the students to come into this environment is of course a positive aspect," said Matyi.
It also just so happens that technology is thriving across New York State, with tech parks growing and developing, students may have several career options in what's being called the "21st century Industrial Revolution."
"New York State is the leader and we want to help keep it that way, and the way we can do that is to partner with all the different activities that are going on in New York in high tech," said Matyi.
How do the teachers feel about this? Well, one says having an educational foundation to begin is important.
"To have the grades to go into such a strong field as this, and know that education is important enough that if they want to do this kind of cool stuff that they need to actually have the grades and put the focus on education and be able to go into a college like this," said Sarah Sorge, science teacher.
Another says the teachers need to learn along with the students.
"It also requires re-training of high school educators to prepare our students to enter a program like this and be successful," said Kevin Morrisroe, Math Department chairman.
Educators feel this "nanotechnology revolution" can create rewarding careers for graduates, especially in high-tech New York.