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The outreach objectives for CBIN are to provide learning experiences, centered around nanoscience, to communities throughout Montana. The research conducted in CBIN is both regionally relevant and nationally significant, and the combined work in novel systems and their applications provides an ideal opportunity to highlight the increasingly interdisciplinary nature of science and integrate research and education in an exciting way.
CBIN is part of the Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network, a national network of institutions and museums designed to develop and distribute nanoscience education. CBIN and MSU's Extended University have partnered for the past two years to celebrate Nano Days, a national effort toward nanoscience education sponsored by NISE Net.
Montana has a largely rural population spread over a vast geographical area. There are seven reservations in Montana, several of which are isolated. CBIN outreach efforts will leverage existing delivery mechanisms in the region such as The Museum of the Rockies, the Montana Outdoor Science School, the Burns Technology Center and venues through the Masters program in Science and Technology filmmaking. By partnering with these existing, successful mechanisms for reaching K-12 informal science learners, CBIN can effectively inform the public about basic research and its applications.
CBIN Outreach Activities
CBIN is actively engaged in several activities within the community, but also the state. For a list of activities, here.