First Advisor

Liza Finkel

Date of Publication

Fall 1-24-2014

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Teaching (M.S.T.) in General Science


Science Teaching




High school students -- Oregon -- Case studies, Scanning electron microscopes -- Study and teaching (Secondary) -- Oregon -- Case studies, Science -- Study and teaching (Secondary) -- Oregon -- Case studies, Nanoscience -- Study and teaching (Secondary) -- Oregon -- Case studies



Physical Description

1 online resource (iv, 56 pages)


In this study, one AP Biology curriculum unit and one general Biology curriculum unit that included tabletop Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) technology provided by Project NANO, a grant-funded, collaborative initiative designed to integrate cutting-edge nanotechnology into high school classrooms were implemented at a public high school in rural Oregon. Nine students participated in the AP unit and 52 students participated in the general Biology unit. Each student completed an opinion-based pre and post survey to determine if using the SEM as a part of the curriculum unit had an impact on his or her interest in science or in nanoscience. Interviews were conducted to add to the data. The results indicate that using the SEM can increase a student's interest in science. Recommendations for improving student experience were identified.


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