Public Outreach Center

Discover an MRS Community of Science Education and Outreach Events

The Materials Research Society brought the education and research communities together at the 2012 MRS Fall Meeting. Meeting attendees joined us for exciting hands-on activities, demonstrations, information areas and seminars to engage future materials scientists and engineers.


NISE Network Science Collaborator

NISE Network

Monday, Nov., 26 - Thursday, Nov., 29, 2012
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Hynes Convention Center, Level 2, Registration Corridor

Visitors registered at the MRS/NISE Network Booth to participate in the NISE Network as a science collaborator. They learned how they can apply their much-needed expertise to help foster public awareness, engagement and understanding of nanotechnology.  


NanoDays 2013 and NISE Network

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Monday, Nov., 26 - Thursday, Nov., 29, 2012
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Hynes Convention Center, Level 2, Registration Corridor



The NISE Network selected March 30–April 7 for NanoDays 2013, a week of community-based educational outreach events to raise public awareness of nanoscale science and engineering in local communities across the U.S. At the 2012 MRS Fall Meeting, attendees:

  • Learned about NanoDays 2013
  • Found out if their community is planning to participate in NanoDays 2013 and how they can get in on the action
  • Found out how their institution can become a partner in the NISE Network

For more information about NanoDays 2013 and the NISE Network, go to: http://www.nisenet.org   


 

Strange Matter

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 Monday, Nov., 26 - Thursday, Nov., 29, 2012
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Hynes Convention Center, Level 2, Registration Corridor


During the 2012 MRS Fall Meeting, attendees discovered where Strange Matter, the hands-on exhibition about materials science, has toured and were able to find out if it is coming to a North American location near them. Attendees also learned about volunteer opportunities with this dynamic, highly-interactive exhibition. 


NOVA MAKING STUFF

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Monday, Nov., 26 - Thursday, Nov., 29, 2012
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, which premiered on early 2011, was rebroadcasted in September 2012 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. 

For more information about MAKING STUFF, go to:  http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/tech/making-stuff.html   


Making STUFF—Four-Part Series Boxed DVD Set

Making Stuff DVD

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.



 

 

INSIDE SCIENCE TV

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Monday, Nov., 26 - Thursday, Nov., 29, 2012
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Hynes Convention Center, Level 2, Registration Corridor


The goal of the ISTV 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! 


 

Materials Voice Booth

MATERIALS VOICE BOOTH

Monday, Nov., 26 - Thursday, Nov., 29, 2012
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Hynes Convention Center, Level 2, Exhibit Hall C

Public Advocacy

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 are invited to 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 Web site. 


Science on the Square

Wed., November 28, 2012
2:30 pm - 3:00 pm |
5:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Hynes Convention Center, Level 2, Exhibit Hall C 

Karine Thate   

Tiny Solutions to Our Big Energy Problems—Stage Presentation
2:30 pm - 3:00 pm
- Karine Thate
Focusing on various sources of energy and the current energy crisis, Karine discussed a variety of ways that nanotechnology can improve the way we harness, distribute and use energy.
Read More.  


David Sittenfield 
 

Nanotech and Consumer Products—Stage Presentation
5:00 pm - 5:30 pm
- David Sittenfeld
In this session, David Sittenfeld helped attendees in examining the growing role of nanotechnology in making consumer products and considering the potential environmental and health risks.
Read More.
   

Hands-On Nano Coffee Hours

Monday, Nov., 26 - Thursday, Nov., 29, 2012
9:30 am - 10:30 am
Monday, Tuesday & Thursday
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Hynes Convention Center, Level 2, Registration Corridor


Coffee breaks were held throughout the meeting week. National science centers and science museums worked in partnership with the NISE Network and MRS to present stimulating educational outreach through hands-on activities in materials science and nanotechnology.


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