Professional Development

NEATEC offers Training Sessions such as Raspberry Pi Atomic Force Microscopy

  • Arduino
  • Introduction to Nanotechnology
  • STEM Pathways For The Future
  • As well as Learning Modules

Each module is available as a kit which includes lesson plans, consumable and non-consumable lab materials, black-line masters, and presentation materials. The kits are available for teachers to borrow at no-cost after their completed module training. NEATEC offers module training, which provide teachers the opportunity to experience the kit instruction as a student while also examining the instructional techniques and learning standards covered by the module.

NEATEC Training Sessions and Modules

Raspberry Pi

In this 6-hour session. Participants learn how to hook-up, turn on, and program the Raspberry Pi to take pictures and detect real-world signals such as motion, temperature, and pressure. The workshop culminates with a hands-on project in which participants make a burglar alarm system by programming the Raspberry Pi to turn on a camera and record a video when motion is detected.

Atomic Force Microscopy

In this 4 ½ hour session, participants learn the science behind the creation of images by an atomic force microscope. They learn how to properly handle an AFM, understand how to prepare samples, understand how to load and take images of the samples, and learn how to replace AFM probes.


This 8-hour workshop is an introduction to the open-source electronics platform based on the Arduino microcontroller. The first 4 hours are dedicated to learn about microcontrollers and to install the Arduino platform. The participant will be introduced to the basic Arduino programming language through simple exercises. The second 4-hour part will be dedicated to specific projects using sensors, actuators and electronic components.

Introduction to Nanotechnology

This is a 45-hour, on-line course intended for Science and Technology teachers who are interested in teaching nanotechnology. The course provides a highly interdisciplinary introduction to the science of nanoscale materials (nanoscience). Topics include historical background, characterization techniques, physics and chemistry of nanoscale materials, fabrication techniques, nanoscale applications, and ethical/societal considerations.

STEM Pathways for the Future

In this 2-hour information session school counselors and teachers, learn what nanotechnology and advanced manufacturing are and the types of careers available in these field. During this session at SUNY Polytechnic Institute, participants tour the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering, learn about pathways for students of all abilities that will lead to careers in the growing field of nanotechnology, and advanced manufacturing. The session incorporates a discussion of how NEATEC can help educators help their students.

NEATEC is sponsored in part by the National Science Foundation (NSF) under Grant #1700606. Any opinions, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect those of the National Science Foundation