Schalmont teachers get a closer look at nanotechnology

"There are jobs for normal people here, too," Dunn said.

Teachers were fascinated with the real-life applications of such technology.

"This is my first experience with it [nanosciene]," said Alisha Bahrmann, a reading teacher at Jefferson Elementary. She said the challenge would be merging the two disciplines, so that students can see what is available to them in the region.

"It was a great opportunity to gain hands-on experience," Bahrmann said.

The College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering holds several programs throughout the year to educate both students and teachers about the nanotechnology industry.

"I think it is important to create a sense of awareness that there are careers on the local and national level in nanoscale science," said Diana Martin, manager of educational outreach for the college, who organizes events and tours for students and teachers in grades kindergarten to fifth.

She also said the college is looking for partners locally to help spread the word about the college.

"We want to bring nanoscale science into the classroom," she said.

According to Lux Research, revenues for products impacted by nanotechnology will reach $2.6 trillion by 2014.

The Schalmont Teachers Institute organized the teacher training session.""

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