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K-20 Education

Arizona Nanotechnology Cluster

K-20 Education and Outreach


The Arizona Nanotechnology cluster vigorously supports K-20 education by various outreach programming by providing grade school, high school and the community college with scientist in the area of nanotechnology as lecturers educate students on intricacies and careers in Nanotechnology. The nanocluster has initiated the following programs for helping the educational youth of Arizona by following program:

***** We provide lectures on Nanotechnology to Middle school, High School and College programs! *****

***** Our Essay contest are challenging with a creative spirit.  Previous Nanotechnology Essay Contest Winners! *****

Congratulations to the previous winners of our student essay contest.

Previous Award Winners:



Middle School

1st Prize Joshua Ekstrom, “Quantum Dots for Solar”, 7th grade, Ekstrom Home School

2nd Prize: Adam Redleaf, “Arizona Nanotechnology Research Hospital and Clinic (ANRHAC)”, 8th grade, Desert Shadows Middle School

2nd Prize: Zane Martin “Water Cleans Up its Act with Nanotech”, 7th grade, Home School

2nd Prize: Angelica Christine Anderson, “Sea of Change”, 6th grade, Apache Middle School

3rd Prize: Kyle Koser, “Watching Our Sewers”, 7th grade, Cocopah School

3rd Prize: Dawna Masi, “Nanotechnological Benefits”, 8th grade, Villa de Paz Elementary School


High School

1st Prize: Matthew Irwin, “An Atomic Sized Hero: Nanotechnology and the Cure to Cancer”, 11th grade, Coronado High School



1st Prize: Danny Pupillo, “Nano-Medicine: A Cure for Tomorrow”, Sophomore, Scottsdale Community College

2nd Prize: Alexander Luce, “The Emerging Field of Nanomedicine and Possible Contributions to Personal Health in the 21st Century”, Junior, University of Arizona

3rd Prize: Michael Junkin, “Nanoengineered cell fragments for virus sequestration”, Graduate, University of Arizona




Middle School

1st Prize: Yesenia Lopez, “Innovative Use of Nanotechnology to solve the world’s energy challenges”, 7th grade, Villa de Paz Elementary

2nd Prize: Ashley Mack “Nanotechnology is the Solution”, 8th grade, Cocopah Middle School

3rd Prize: Andrea Brown, “World Energy Solutions”, 8th grade Villa De Paz


Honorable Mention: Kelly H. Rexroat, “Nanocrystals Help Solve an Energy Problem”, 4th grade


High School

1st Prize: Danny Ribera, “The Little Nanotechnology That Could”, 11th grade, Trevor Browne High School

2nd Prize: Adam Redleaf, “Nanotechnology’s Quantum Impact on Photovoltaics”, 9th Grade, Horizon High School

3rd Prize: Lacey Meadows, “Nanotechnology” 12th grade, Mesa High School


Honorable Mentions:

Yolanda Rangel, “Nanotechnology”, 12th grade, Camelback High School

Emmanuel Covarrubias, “Gratias Gratzel Cells”, 11th grade, Trevor Browne High School




Middle School

1st Prize: Tal Eitan, “Improving Healthcare with Nanotechnology” grade 8, Cocopah Middle School

2nd Prize: Cody Munson, “How Nanotechnology can be used in burn treatment” ,grade 8, Cocopah Middle School,

3rd Prize: Michaela Blomquist,, “Making the World a Better Place”, grade 8, Home School,


Honorable Mentions:

Eric Peshkin, “Nanotechnology in Medicine” grade 8, Cocopah Middle School

Jake Tomlinson, “Nanotechnology Curing Cancer”, grade 7, Cocopah Middle School

High School

1st Prize: Lauren Demarest “The use of carbon Nanotubes to create nanosurfacing on osteoimplants”, grade 11,Home School

2nd Prize: Nitin Nanda “Nanotechnology and Cancer”, grade 9, Mesa Academy

3rd Prize: Ross Theobald, “Nanotechnology in our world”, grade 9, Mesa Academy

**********Other K-20 Programs**********

1) Arizona Future Cities Program ( This is a state wide program for middle school students.  The Arizona Nanotechnology Cluster is pleased to support the 2008 program by providing Speakers, Judges and Mentors to the Future Cities Program.  Additionally we sponsored the team with best innovative use of Nanotechnology for Future Cities.  The 2008 Future Cities program involves the critical use of Nanotechnology in the design of the Future cities.  

2) SEMI’s High Tech U program and Maricopa Advanced Technology Education Center (MATEC), which introduces high school students to the semiconductor manufacturing industry, to the.  This program educates high school students on the intricacies of semiconductor fabrication and processing techniques. The AZ Nanocluster supplies experts in the field of semiconductor manufacturing for this program.  Our experts are versed in the intricacies of semiconductor production and can provide in depth information and advocacy to high school students. 

3) Central Arizona Regional Science and engineering fair (CARSEF Science Fair for judging the quality of pre-collegiate science projects which is important for the development of future Arizona scientist).   The CARSEF mission is to provide an opportunity for young people to create projects, to experience research and learn about the scientific process, within a fun, competitive atmosphere.  The primary goals of the AZ Nanotechnology cluster is to advance science, engineering and nanotechnology  to Arizona K-12 students, by using our membership scientists and engineers as role models to implant the spirit of inquiry, discovery and a sense of wonderment.   The populations served by CARSEF include elementary, junior high and high school students of central Arizona from public, private, charter, parochial and home schools.

For more information p
lease contact;

Cluster Chair Matt Kim for more information 602-214-3524,,

Co-Chair Michael Berman at,

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