STEM Teacher Workshops

Machines of the Future Workshop

Create a working micro-pressure sensor in a research cleanroom and bring the experience back to your classroom.

Who: Post Secondary and Secondary Educators
What: Pressure Sensor Cleanroom Workshop
When: August 7-9, 2013
Where: NDSCS-Fargo

Workshop Includes:
  • Hands-on cleanroom processing at the North Dakota State College of Science.
  • Classroom instruction on pressure sensors and the manufacturing process and cleanroom safety training.
  • Brainstorming, networking and coaching on how this material can be used in your classroom.
  • Using our educational kits, you will be trained to bring these cleanroom processes into the classroom.
Program Fees

NDSCS will pay your registration and lab fees and provide free educational material, total value over $2,000. Stipends will be awarded after the completion of the workshop:

  • Stipends -  $400

For Additional Information Contact:
Carrie Leopold, Outreach Coordinator
NDSCS Applied Science and Technologies
1305 19th Avenue North • Fargo, ND 58102
Phone: 701-231-6921

MEMS Workshop

MEMS The Word - Online Workshop for STEM Educators

May 24 - June 14, 2013
NDSCS Center for Nanoscience Technology Training

Experience 16 hours of online training in MEMS (Micromachines)!

Workshop requirements:

  • MEMS Applications - Provides a brief summary of the various types of MEMS devices being constructed today and the various fields in which MEMS are being used.
  • Review of three additional modules
  • Online quizzes for each covered module

Optional modules include (pick 3): 

  • Therapeutics - Therapeutics is the process of serving and caring for the patient in a comprehensive manner. This unit covers a few of the MEMS and BioMEMS therapeutic devices that are currently on the market or close to becoming a commercial product.
  • Wheatstone Bridge - Provides information on the electronic circuitry of a Wheatstone Bridge and how a Wheatstone Bridge is used for sensing changes in pressure when used in a MEMS pressure sensor.
  • DNA Microarrays - Provides an overview of the different types of DNA microarrays, their applications, operation, fabrication, and interpretation.
  • Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) - Provides information on how to read and interpret a MSDS. This information allows one to investigate the hazards of any chemical prior to working with it.
  • A Comparison of Scale: Macro, Micro, and Nano - When working with micro and nanotechnologies it is important to have an understanding of size and of scale. This unit introduces one to the various concepts associated with scales, specifically the micro and nano scales.
  • Units of Weights and Measures - Provides information on the evolution of the current systems of weights and measures and an overview of the International Standards of Units and metric system.
  • Cantilever -  Participants will explore the operation of a dynamic cantilever. They identify the relationship between a cantilever's resonant frequency and mass under varying conditions (e.g., cantilever material, length, width, thickness).

$200 stipends available for teachers upon completion!

Continuing education credit available through NDSU for $50

For questions:
Carrie Leopold
NDSCS-Fargo, Center for Nanoscience Technology Training
1305 19th Ave. North, Fargo, ND 58102
701-231-6921 |

100% of the funding for this project ($30,000) was provided by the Carl Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006

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