On Tuesday, July 21, at 9:30 a.m., Dr. James Ryan, founding dean of the Joint School for Nanoscience and Nanoengineering, and JSNN students will officially launch the NanoBus (also called the STEM Bus). The public is invited to the event at JSNN, located across from Gateway Gardens on Gate City Boulevard.

The NanoBus is an after school program that is designed to provide inner city and rural middle school students the opportunity to interact with university students and enjoy safe and informative science demonstrations created by the students to encourage interest in science studies.

JSNN is a joint initiative of UNCG and NC A&T State.

The NanoBus initiative was envisioned a year ago as the result of discussions between Dean Ryan, Del Ruff (director of the North Carolina After School Program), and Joe Magno (executive director of COIN) and made possible by the contributions of the Duke Energy Foundation and Thomas Bus in High Point and from the dedication of Dr. Ryan’s students.

The bus is designed to carry appropriately trained and prepared university students and their mentors to designated locations in the community in an after school setting where they will set up their experiments and demonstrations for the local students (and others) to enjoy and learn. The university students providing the demonstrations will act as role models to the children and provide encouragement to students who have not considered college or have an interest in science.