Wheeling High School is known regionally and nationally as a leader in STEM education (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), a fact Gov. Pat Quinn reinforced on Tuesday when he visited the suburban school and called it an “epicenter” for developing technology.
The school hosted NANO Connect, a forum aimed at demystifying nanotechnology and showing how the science can be integrated into high school curriculums through collaboration among educators, industry partners, postsecondary institutions and government. Speakers included Quinn, U.S. Rep. Bob Dold, Northwestern University Professor Gayle Woloschak and WeonBae Ko, a chemistry professor at Sahmyook University in Seoul, South Korea.
Nanotechnology is the study of extremely small things — one nanometer is a billionth of a meter — and the application in fields including chemistry, biology, physics, material science and engineering. Speakers discussed ways nanotechnology can impact scientific discoveries from fighting cancer to building better electric cars.