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Nanotech Taught to Area Teachers

CHAMPAIGN -- Four Champaign county teachers are learning about nano technology at the University of Illinois. They are participating in the: "Nano at Illinois" research experience for teachers. It's a new program designed for teachers to pass-down science knowledge to their students. We spoke with one of the teachers attending from Mahomet-Seymour high school. He's been learning an experiment that uses light, electricity, and water to burn an insignia onto a piece of metal.

"Hopefully I bring a little bit of that research spirit back to the classroom, so it's more than just performing a cook-book laboratory, but, I'm encouraging the students to think about actual researchers out there learning new things by doing experiments."

The program lasts six weeks to allow teachers to research nanotechnology and conduct more experiments to repeat in their classrooms. Over the next three summers, the University of Illinois is expected to host up to forty teachers from across the country.