SERDANG, November 17, 2023 – The NanoDidik program, a knowledge transfer initiative tailored for secondary school chemistry teachers, took place over two days at the Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ION2) in collaboration with the Malaysian National Nanotechnology Center (NNC). The program, officiated by YBhg. Prof. Dr. Mohd Nizar Hamidon, Director of ION2, aimed to enhance teachers' understanding of nanoscience and nanotechnology.
This pilot program brought together 21 secondary school chemistry teachers from the Hulu Langat Zone and Serdang.
Kicking off with informative sessions led by three esteemed ION2 researchers, Assoc. Prof. Ir. Dr. Siti Hajar Othman, Assoc. Prof. ChM. Dr. Jaafar Abdullah, and Dr. Ismayadi Ismail, share the fundamental principles of these scientific fields.
The participants engaged in an interactive laboratory visit, witnessing live demonstrations on the production and characterization of nanomaterials. They gained practical exposure to various methods of nanomaterials' production and characterization techniques, utilizing high-tech equipment, including FESEM, Raman spectroscopy, XRD, and nanosizer.
Feedback from educators was overwhelmingly positive. "We are grateful for the NanoDidik program. The knowledge transfer greatly benefits chemistry teachers, enhancing our confidence in imparting this knowledge to our students," said Maznita Mastar, one of the participants.
Commendations were extended to all participating teachers for their dedicated commitment to enriching their knowledge at ION2, underscoring their eagerness to disseminate this newfound expertise among their students.
The NanoDidik program highlights the value of teamwork in education, emphasizing the need for specialized training for chemistry teachers and improvements in high school chemistry teaching.
Roslina Abdul Rashid
Science Officer, ION2, UPM
Date of Input: 27/11/2023 | Updated: 05/01/2024 | roslina_ar
Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology,
Universiti Putra Malaysia,
Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia