Educational Resources

A highly skilled and motivated workforce with increasingly more knowledge of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) will be required to ensure America’s global competitiveness. Over the past 15 years, the Federal government has invested over $22 billion in R&D under the auspices of the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) to understand and control matter at the nanoscale and develop applications that benefit society. As these nanotechnology-enabled applications become a part of everyday life, it is important for students to have a basic understanding of material behavior at the nanoscale, and some states have even incorporated nanotechnology concepts into their K-12 science standards. Furthermore, application of the novel properties that exist at the nanoscale, from gecko-inspired climbing gloves and invisibility cloaks, to water repellent coatings on clothes or cellphones, can spark students’ excitement about STEM fields. 

The educational efforts of the NNI span from pre-K to grey with information ranging from that for the general public to formal lesson plans and degree programs.  This section of provides resources for students and teachers; information about nanotechnology programs from community colleges to PhD's; a description of the growing Nano and Emerging Technologies Student Network; and links to multimedia contests, videos, and animations.

Additionally, a searchable database of nanotechnology education resources can be found at

For K-12 Students

From workbooks to online games, this section for students provides new and exciting ways to learn about nanotechnology.

For K-12 Teachers

From classroom resources to continuing education, this section is for teachers who want to know more about nanotechnology.

U.S. Nano & Emerging Technologies Student Network

Connecting student groups devoted to raising awareness of emerging technology and promoting opportunities for students interested in research, innovation, and entrepreneurship.

Teaching Nano & Emerging Technologies Network

Connecting K-12 teachers who are or want to teach nano and emerging technologies to their students in order to excite them about STEM and prepare them for the future.

College, Graduate School, and Postdoctoral Opportunities

From a minor in nanotechnology to a PhD, this section has a list of the higher education programs available across the country.

Associate Degrees, Certificates, & Job Opportunities

New jobs and training programs are being created to meet the market's demands. Find 2-year degrees, training programs, and career resources here.

Resources for Nanotechnology Laboratory Safety

Tools to facilitate an effective culture of safety in the research laboratory.