Symposium QQ: Advances in Materials Science and Engineering Education and Outreach

Advances in Materials Science and Engineering Education and Outreach

This symposium focuses on advances and best practices in materials education. Participants with presentation topics highlighting developments in pedagogy and curricula, at all levels, are encouraged. In particular, the symposium will include recent findings involving materials education research, such as program development and assessment; distance and online learning; informal science education for audiences in nontraditional settings; recruitment and retention of young people, particularly individuals from backgrounds that are under-represented in science and engineering; educational topics in nanotechnology, nanobiotechnology, computational materials science (and other novel topics); and bilateral-degree programs and other international education activities.

The symposium will include oral presentations, panel sessions and a session for showcasing live demonstrations and posters. The goal of this symposium is to disseminate advances by materials education specialists and to promote communication among stakeholders and policy makers in the materials research and education communities, including informal and formal educators, researchers and social scientists.

Topics will include:

  • Development of curricula and activities involving nanotechnology, nanobiotechnology and computational materials science
  • Development and assessment of K-12 materials education programs
  • The role of technology in formal and informal materials education, including distance learning
  • Best practices in informal science education
  • Recruitment and retention of young people
  • International efforts in materials education
  • Diversity, equity and accessibility in materials science education
  • Assessment and evaluation of informal and formal education programs

Invited speakers include:

Larry Bell (Boston Museum of Science), Elizabeth Herkenham (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute), Mark Miodownik (University College London, United Kingdom).  

Symposium Organizers

Pamela Dickrell
University of Florida
College of Engineering
P.O. Box 116100
Gainesville, FL 32611
Tel 352-392-9672, Fax 352-846-2255

Noel Rutter
University of Cambridge
Dept. of Materials Science and Metallurgy
Pembroke St.
Cambridge CB2 3QZ, United Kingdom
Tel 44-1223-7-62965

Kevin Dilley
601 1st St.
Ithaca, NY 14850
Tel 607-272-0600 x-48, Fax 607-277-7469

Chuck Stone
Colorado School of Mines
Dept. of Physics
1523 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401
Tel 303-273-3762, Fax 303-273-3919 

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