Syosset Students Visit NanoCareer Day

Dr. Carole Hankin is Syosset Central School District’s superintendent. During her tenure, Dr. Carole Hankin has spearheaded an initiative to advance a science curriculum that includes the exploration of nanotechnology.

An interest in advanced scientific studies recently led more than two dozen Syosset High School students to travel to NanoCareer Day at the University at Albany-SUNY’s College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering. Syosset was one of only seven New York high schools present. Students attended lectures and presentations revolving around nanotechnology and engineering.

The event provided a detailed look into the fast-growing field of nanotechnology. Attendees learned about career opportunities and participated in hands-on demonstrations, including DNA extraction from a banana and a clean room tour.

The NanoCareer Day experience complemented Syosset Central School District’s existing nanotechnology curriculum, which has students learning the science starting in kindergarten. The district’s award-winning academic program has been recognized nationally for its innovative approach.


Dr. Carole Hankin on the Importance of Encouraging Children to Try Out a Variety of Activities (Part 1)

As Superintendent of Schools of New York’s Syosset Central School District, Dr. Carole Hankin is closely involved in the Syosset community and writes the bimonthly column “From the Superintendent’s Desk” on educational issues as she sees them.

In one piece, Dr. Hankin examines the effect that too-high expectations can have on children’s growth. She writes that it is natural for children to explore a variety of academic and life interests as they progress through elementary, middle, and high school. They may demonstrate a particular affinity for biology or a love of music or sports, for example. Parents may influence this process through hasty judgments about their children’s abilities.

While parents’ excitement may be natural, Dr. Carole Hankin feels that making premature assessments of the child’s strengths and weaknesses can affect natural self-development. Parents should just enjoy their children.