Initial Publication Date: May 28, 2024

National Nanotechnology Programs--Educational Resources

Nanotechnology is a high national priority. Numerous federal agencies and programs have developed or funded a creative and diverse array of educational resources for instructors and students at all educational levels and for the general public. Explore the rich resources that support teaching and learning about nanotechnology.

  • National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure Program (NNCI)--The National Science Foundation (NSF) supports 16 user facility sites, their affiliated partners, and a coordinating office as the National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure (NNCI). The NNCI sites provide researchers from academia, small and large companies, and government with access to university user facilities with leading-edge fabrication and characterization tools, instrumentation, and expertise within all disciplines of nanoscale science, engineering and technology.
  • National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) ".... a U.S. Government research and development (R&D) initiative involving >30 departments and independent agencies working together toward the shared vision of "a future in which the ability to understand and control matter at the nanoscale leads to a revolution in technology and industry that benefits society."
  • National Nanotechnology Coordination Office (NNCO) --"The National Nanotechnology Coordination Office (NNCO) conducts public engagement on behalf of the NNI and provides technical and administrative support to the National Science, Engineering, and Technology (NSET) Subcommittee and the interagency nanotechnology community. NNCO activities include efforts to convene the nanotechnology community, share information on available resources and opportunities, engage with the public, excite students about nanotechnology, and share highlights and information about nanotechnology and the NNI."
  • Nanotechnology Applications and Career Knowledge Network (NACK) ( "The Nanotechnology Applications and Career Knowledge (NACK) Network is the NSF National ATE Center for Nanotechnology research, education, and collaboration, maintained by the Network for Computational Nanotechnology at Purdue University, founded in 2002."
  • NanoHUB provides modeling and simulation tools and educational materials to the world to have impact in education and research. Nano.Hub hosts a growing collection of simulation tools that run in the cloud and are freely accessible through a web browser. In addition to these tools, nanoHUB is home to thousands of resources including teaching materials, courses, presentations, workshops, and more.
  • TryNano --Developed by IEEE: "This portal focuses on nanotechnology, and we hope it will help young people understand the basic issues addressed by this discipline. We also strive tooffer insight into the nanotechnology industry and describe careers in nanotechnology. On this site,users can explore nanomaterials and learn about different applications of nanotechnology. There are also spotlights of different companies and universities that apply nanotechnology to products and processes."
  • National Informal STEM Education Network (NISE) -- The National Informal STEM Education Network brings people together to engage in STEM, understand our world, and build a better future for everyone. Has developed the Nanocale Informal Science Network with activities, outreach kits, videos, training materials and content maps.
  • NanoSense Project (2004-2008)--Developed by SRI International that includes development of 4 Curricular Activities, Workshops, and Papers.  "The NanoSense project (2004-2008) addressed the question of how to teach nanoscale science at the high school level. Working closely with scientists and educators, the project created, tested, and disseminated 4 curriculum units to help high school teachers and students understand nanoscale science. The project hosted workshops to introduce teachers to the materials, and held working meetings with experts and practitioners to identify and clarify major concepts and learning goals for nanoscience education. NanoSense materials were developed by SRI International, with support from the National Science Foundation under Grant No. ESI-0426319."
  • Micro Nano Technology Education Center MNTEC -- The goal of MNT-EC is to: "Grow the MNT technician workforce by fostering academic and industry mentorship between existing MNT partners and educators developing prospective community college MNT programs".

Educational Resources for Special Audiences and Topics, Collected From Across National Nanotechnology Projects

Follow these quick links to resources from across the National Nanotechnology programs organized for audiences or topics of interest:

K-12 Nanotechnology Resource, Teacher Training, Student Recruitment Teacher Professional Development

Teacher Professional Development

Student Recruitment and Career Paths in Nanotechnology

K-12 Resources and Activities

Primary K-5

Secondary 6-12 (Middle and High School)

Undergraduate Education

2YC Workforce Training, Programs and Opportunities


Undergraduate Classes

Teaching Activities and Resources

Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Sites

Graduate Programs in Nanotechnology

Informal Education and Outreach

Instrumentation--Tutorials and Access

Social and Ethical Implications of Nanotechnology

Nanotechnology Entrepreneurship Resources

Videos, Webinars, Multimedia