Sarita Saju, student from George Washington High School involved in the ITEST-Nano program (also known as Nanotechnology and Bioengineering in Philadelphia Public Schools), recently received top awards at science fairs for her nanotechnology project, titled "Polymer-Wrapped Carbon Nanotubes as Electrode Materials for Supercapacitors." Her project was based on work during her internship with expert scientists from the School of Engineering and Applied Science.
17-year-old John Arnault's project, “Sunscreen’s Entrance into the Nano World,” placed first in the Medicine/Health category at the Carver Science Fair. Arnault is a Frankford High School junior--and a participant in ITEST-Nano, a collaboration among Penn GSE, Penn’s Nano/Bio Interface Center, and the School District of Philadelphia.
Understanding the dynamics of individual or group adaptation can provide valuable information for constructing professional development strategies to increase chances of instructional success. This paper reports on an exploratory study that identifies indicators of convergent vs. non-convergent adaptation in two cases of teachers working together on a technology-based curriculum construction activity and explores the relationship between group characteristics and adaptation processes.