Public Outreach Center

Discover an MRS Community of Science Education and Outreach Events

Monday, November 28 - Thursday, December 1
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Hynes Convention Center, Level 2, Registration Corridor
 

The Materials Research Society played a major role in bringing the education and research communities together at the Fall Meeting.  Attendees were invited to join us for exciting hands-on activities, demonstrations, information areas, and seminars to engage future materials scientists and engineers.

Attendees were encouraged to  participate and be part of the action as MRS brings the science of materials to the general public.

The following activities were represented at the Public Outreach Center: 

 DBIS | Materials Voice |  NISE Network/Nanodays |NOVA | Strange Matter  

Other Public Outreach Activities 

Hands-On Nano Hours | Cleaning Our Water With Nanotechnology 

Discoveries and Breakthroughs Inside Science Booth

Discoveries and Breakthroughs Inside Science v2

Monday, November 28 - Thursday, December 1
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Hynes Convention Center, Level 2, Registration Corridor
 

Got an idea for a 90-second TV spot on materials science? Something of interest to the general public? Attendees were invited to visit the DBIS Booth at the Public Outreach Center and share their thoughts with DBIS production representatives. The goal of the DBIS program is to provide TV stations with short, accurate science clips that will increase the public’s awareness and appreciation of the role science and technology plays in today’s society. So get involved. . .and help us spread the news! 


Hands-On Nano Hours

Attendees were invited to join us throughout the week during the coffee breaks as national science centers and science museums, in partnership with the NISE Network, presented “stimulating” educational, outreach hands-on activities in materials science and nanotechnology

HANDS-ON NANO COFFEE HOURS
Hynes Convention Center, Level 2, Boylston Corridor 

  • Monday-Wednesday, November 28-30, 9:30-10:30 am
  • Monday, November 28, 2:30-3:30 pm

ICE CREAM SOCIAL AND HANDS-ON SCIENCE ACTIVITIESHynes Convention Center, Level 2, Exhibit Hall, materials2 

  • Tuesday, November 29, 2:30 - 3:30 pm

WINE & CHEESE HAPPY HOUR RECEPTION AND HANDS-ON SCIENCE ACTIVITIESHynes Convention Center, Level 2, Exhibit Hall, materials2 

  • Wednesday, November 30, 5:00 - 6:00 pm  

Materials Voice Booth

Materials Voice Logo

Monday, November 28 - Thursday, December 1
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Hynes Convention Center, Level 2, Registration Corridor
 

Tell your legislators why support of the physical sciences and science education is necessary – for national security, quality of life, and a strong economy. It is essential that your voice be heard!  All U.S. residents were invited to stop by and send letters to their legislators on matters of importance to the materials research community.  It takes only five minutes to send the draft letters currently available through our Materials Voice website. 


NISE Network/Nanodays 2012

Monday, November 28 - Thursday, December 1
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Hynes Convention Center, Level 2, Registration Corridor
 

 

 NISE Network 

NISE NETWORK SCIENCE COLLABORATOR 
Attendees could register at the MRS/NISE Network booth to participate in the NISE Network as a science collaborator. Learn how you can apply your much needed expertise to help foster public awareness, engagement, and understanding of nanotechnology.

  

Nanodays 2011 

NANODAYS 2012 AND NISE NETWORK BOOTH
Learn How You Can Celebrate Nanodays 2012, A Nationwide Festival of Nanopublic Outreach Events!
 

 

 

 

The NISE Network selected March 24-April 1 for NanoDays 2012, a week of community-based educational outreach events to raise public awareness of nanoscale science and engineering in local communities across the U.S.

  • Learn about NanoDays 2012  
  • Find out if your community is planning to participate in NanoDays 2012 and how you can get in on the action
  • Find out how your institution can become a partner in the NISE Network.

For more information about NanoDays 2012 and the NISE Network go to http://www.nisenet.org 


NOVA "Making Stuff" Booth

Making Stuff Logo

Monday, November 28 - Thursday, December 1
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Hynes Convention Center, Level 2, Registration Corridor
 

MRS and NOVA, the flagship PBS science documentary series, teamed to produce a four-part PBS primetime series on materials science entitled Making STUFF.  The four-part series premiered on January 19, 2011 and focused on the themes of Stronger, Smarter, Smaller, and Cleaner. It introduced the fundamental concepts of materials science in a fun and exciting way while teaching the public how scientists can tailor materials to meet new challenges.  Attendees could stop by the NOVA Making STUFF information booth and see video clips of the series.

For more information about Making STUFF, we invite you to view the Making STUFF website.

Making Stuff DVD 2  ON SALE Making STUFF --
Four-part series boxed DVD set
 

Step behind the headlines as Making STUFF dramatizes the human stories woven into the current wave of technological innovations. Hosted by the New York Times’ lively technology correspondent David Pogue, each hour in this four-part series explores the talent, luck, and determination that can turn a wild idea into a cutting-edge material or high-tech breakthrough.

$15.00 per set. Limited quantities

Pick up your copy at the Publications Desk on Level 2 of the Hynes Convention Center 


Science on the Square

Karine Thate - Museum of Science Boston

Karine Thate - Museum of Science Boston

Stage Presentation - Cleaning Our Water With Nanotechnology
Wednesday, November 30
2:30-3:30 pm
Hynes Convention Center, Exhibit Hall, materials²
 

Karine Thate (view biography)
Museum of Science Boston

 

Created for general public audiences at the Museum of Science Boston, Cleaning Our Water with Nanotechnology is a presentation about our drinking water and how we can make contaminated water safe to drink by using a variety of technologies, including three new nanotechnologies for water purification.

During the presentation, audiences considered the following questions:

  • Which contaminants do we have in our water that makes it unsafe to drink?
  • How do we typically purify our water – and what are the shortcomings/limitations of those technologies?
  • How can new nanotechnologies purify our drinking water in new ways to help us in situations where large-scale water treatment isn’t appropriate?  

Karine Thate is a program manager and educator at the Museum of Science Boston (MOS). Her current work focuses on the topic of nanoscale science and engineering and involves supporting the public engagement efforts of two local National Science Foundation (NSF) Nanoscale Science and Engineering Centers (NSECs). Thate, who has been with the MOS since 2009, develops and delivers museum programs, podcasts, and special events for public audiences, as well as provides professional development workshops for early career researchers. Much of her work is in support of the Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network.

S11-nise-logo  Museum of Science  s11-nsf-logo 

 

This activity was sponsored by NISE Network, the National Science Foundation and the Museum of Science Boston. 

Ice Cream Social and Hands-on Science Activities
Tuesday, November 29, 2:30 - 3:30 pm
Hynes Convention Center, Level 2, Exhibit Hall, materials2 

Wine & Cheese Happy Hour Reception and Hands-on Science Activities
Hynes Convention Center, Level 2, Exhibit Hall, materials2
Wednesday, November 30, 5:00 - 6:00 pm


Strange Matter Booth

Strange Matter

2011 MRS Fall Meeting attendees were invited to link up with our award winning Strange Matter Web site and experience interactive materials science experiments to discover why the Washington Times called the site “An awesome immersion in the science of materials…”

Discover where Strange Matter, the hands-on exhibition about materials science, has toured and see if it is coming to a North American location near you. Attendees could also find out how they can volunteer and be part of this dynamic highly interactive exhibition.

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