Mundelein High School’s Nanotechnology Class Visits SHyNE Facilities

Mundelein students visit XRD facility.
EVANSTON, IL – Students from Mundelein High School’s Nanotechnology and Research class toured the Soft and Hybrid Nanotechnology Experimental Resource (SHyNE) facilities to understand nanotechnology research and application at the university level.

The tour included visits to Jerome B. Cohen X-ray Diffraction Facility (XRD) led by Jerry Carsello; Northwestern University Center for Atom-Probe Tomography (NUCAPT) led by graduate students Zhiyuan Sun and Divya Jain; and NUANCE’s Electron Probe Instrumentation Center (EPIC) led by Karl Hagglund. The students also took part in a hands-on experiment with compound materials in the Materials Science & Engineering Lab with Dr. Aleta Hagman.

The tour concluded with a lunch and panel discussion lead by Dr. Hagman. Students had the opportunity to ask questions to Northwestern undergraduates and graduates involved in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) majors who use SHyNE facilities for class and research.

Mundelein students participate in panel discussion with Northwestern undergraduate students.

After a recent building expansion, there was a launch in STEM programs at Mundelein. The high school is now able to offer students a Nanotechnology class, equipped with electron microscopes and other research tools to help prepare students wishing to go into STEM careers. A visit to Northwestern’s SHyNE facilities helped students gain a wider perspective on how their work at the high school level can be translated to the college level and broader nanoscience field.

SHyNE Resource was started in September of 2015 as part of the National Science Foundation’s National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure (NCCI) and works to provide a national network of facilities to support external users.