TEACHING WITH THE LVEM5
We are in the infancy of a technological revolution promising to have the power to change the world. Recent advances in the field of nanotechnology have initiated a global paradigm shift which is positioning nano-science as one of the largest multidisciplinary technologies to date. It seems as though almost every area of the material and life-sciences has benefitted from going beyond the micro-scale and into the nano-scale. The National Science Foundation (NSF) has estimated that we would need up to two million trained nanotechnologists worldwide by 2015. Currently, there are only approximately 20,000.
By implementing nanotechnology into the undergraduate education program at the early stage, an engaging environment is created; in which students broaden their horizons for science, math, engineering, and technology, while preparing them for their places in the future nano-driven employment.
The LVEM5 is a multimodal electro-optical imaging tool designed to be used in the lab or classroom and is ideal for any nano professor. It is currently in use in institutional and private research labs around the world in many exciting disciplines of nano-science. The LVEM5 is well positioned as an educational tool to give students at the high school and college level an early introduction to nano-science. The LVEM5 will introduce students to three different imaging techniques that are together the fundamental backbone of the nano-sciences; Transmission Electron microscopy (TEM), Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), and Scanning Transmission Electron Microscopy (STEM). Whether it is developing more efficient solar cells or finding a new cancer treatment, the LVEM5 is well suited to prepare students for entry into many areas of the materials or life-sciences.
The LVEM5 can be used in the introduction of students to these and many other 'nano' disciplines
What this all means for your curriculum
The LVEM5 tool will allow the professors and technicians to introduce students to all areas of nano science. Real hands-on experience in the classroom with three different types of nano-imaging techniques commonly used in industry will certainly give your students a competitive edge upon entry into the workforce. Different then AFM (Atomic Force Microscopy) or DLS (Dynamic Light Scattering), Electron Microscopy gives students the ability to actually see what it is they are working with.
The LVEM5 is well suited for use in undergradute teaching labs as well as project driven, self learning curriculums.