The Biotechnology Institute, Arlington, VA in association with the Illinois BIO Institute, Chicago held a professional development workshop in biotechnology for high school science teachers on February 28, 2007 at the EnterpriseWorks Incubator in Champaign. In order to tie the biotechnology laboratory activities in with the diverse opportunities in science and potential career paths for their students, the 20 teachers broke from the lessons and toured the facilities of NanoSi Advanced Technologies to learn about nanotechnology.
Dr. Nayfeh, President and CTO of NanoSi presented a power point lecture to the teachers highlighting the company’s research and development projects in the use of silicon nanoparticles in photonics and life sciences, such as enhancing white solid state lighting and photovoltaic Si solar cells, amperometric sensing of glucose, and the use of the material as high sensitivity fluorescent tag for living cell analysis. Gary Shaw, VP of the company organized a live demonstration of an assortment of glowing particles in RGB colors.
The teachers were accompanied Kathy Frame, Vice President for Educational Programs of the Biotechnology, Institute of Virginia Arlington and by Ann Reed, Sr. Director, Operations of the iBIO Institute, in Chicago