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Nanotechnology exploration night brings engineers to GFMS

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Global Foundries engineers Adam Selsley, Katie Edwards, and Armando Araya answer questions from students at Glens Falls Middle School.

November 25, 2013 -- Middle school students and their families got to explore the careers available “in our own backyard” during a “Nano-vember” event with engineers from Global Foundries.

Adam Selsley, who works in thin films, Katie Edwards, a Fab 8 engineer, and Armando Araya, whose PhD is in physics, each gave a talk on the interesting aspects of their careers November 25th. After students had a chance to ask questions and watch THIS VIDEO about how Global Foundries turns grains of sand into silicone wafers, they tried their hands at three different workstations with nano-related activities.

The program was a collaborative effort between WSWHE BOCES STEM Integration Program and Glens Falls City Schools. Right now, Glens Falls sixth-graders in the district’s Project STRETCH enrichment program are working through a ten-week program on astrophysics and theoretical physics—also led by the WSWHE BOCES team.

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Nanotechnology (sometimes shortened to "nanotech") is the manipulation of matter on an atomic and molecular scale. A nanometer is one billionth of a meter. Nanotech includes fields of science as diverse as surface science, organic chemistry, molecular biology, semiconductor physics, micro-fabrication, etc. The associated research and applications are equally diverse, ranging from extensions of conventional device physics to completely new approaches based upon molecular self-assembly, from developing new materials with dimensions on the nanoscale to direct control of matter on the atomic scale. (Reference: