MAKING STUFF returns to PBS
The world-renowned public television
science series NOVA, working in cooperation with the Materials Research
Society (MRS), introduced the science of materials to the general public
for the first time in January 2011, when MAKING STUFF: Stronger, Smaller, Cleaner, Smarter first aired. This highly-popular series set NOVA viewership records and led to a rebroadcast in September 2012 and again in August 2013.
The fascinating four-hour series returns to PBS for four nights beginning October 16, 2013, to take viewers on another thrilling tour of the materials world. MAKING MORE STUFF presents dramatic stories detailing the field of materials science, how it has changed history and how it is shaping our future. Each one-hour episode—Colder, Faster, Wilder and Safer—gives viewers a behind-the-scenes look at scientific innovations happening every day.
MAKING STUFF is hosted by respected journalist, New York Times technology columnist and Emmy Award-winning CBS News correspondent David Pogue. For more information, visit www.pbs.org/nova/makingstuff. Check local listings for programming times.
Join In—Community Education Outreach
Photo credit: ©2013 WGBH Educational Foundation
You're invited to be a "STUFF" Official Outreach Site: Enrollment is extended until November 22.
Do you work at a museum or at a science center? If so, join NOVA and organizations around the country and help kids and students "make" stuff wilder, colder, faster and safer around Engineering Week in February 2014.
Seventy-five sites will receive a free Making Stuff project box packed with supplies and resource materials for several hands-on activities and design challenges. Official sites will also receive branded materials and personal support from NOVA Education. To learn more about what's involved download a detailed project overview.
Interested in becoming an official NOVA "Making Stuff" outreach site? Submit an application on behalf of your organization by November 22, 2013, to be considered. If selected as an official site you will be notified by the end of the month.
We invite you
to reach out to community partners in a nation-wide education outreach
promotion. Host public events, demonstrations, workshops and science
cafés where youth, families, young adults, educators, engineers and
scientists can come together and explore materials science.
We encourage you to seek out community
partnerships and embark on a remarkable science and technology
exploration. Contact old and new friends and discuss developing
activities to promote an understanding of materials science. View this
list for possible collaboration partners in your community.
Using the following resource links, each
local or regional institution or partnership can find a vast array of
MAKING STUFF Education Collection
Check out NOVA’s new online collection
of video resources for educators. Use this collection of videos to
inspire your classroom and presentations: find a video clip to start a
discussion with your students, incorporate an activity or demonstration
into your class or get some ideas about how these resources can be
strung together with our example lesson plan.
And don't miss What's This Stuff?,
a game to identify 10 mystery materials using videos and clue cards.
In this interactive lesson, learn about properties of materials such as
tensile and compressive strength, toughness, hardness, ductility,
malleability, flexibility, electrical and thermal conductivity, and
resistance to molds, water, heat and corrosion. Put your materials
knowledge to the test!
Don’t forget the MAKING STUFF Resource Toolkit and Activities Guide to engage your community! With these materials you can create
after-school and community programs for middle and high school youth,
families, educators, engineers and scientists that explore materials
science. "Viewers" become active "doers" in the process of science and
engineering. You will also find all the promotional materials you need
to host an event.
Host a MAKING STUFF Themed Science Café
Check out NOVA’s NEW Innovation Cafés to learn more about science cafés that will accompany the new NOVA series MAKING MORE STUFF in October 2013. Or find a science café near you at www.sciencecafes.org/find and learn about partnering or speaking at an established café series.
Join in the MAKING STUFF Share-a-Thon
Connect with other viewers from around the globe while watching the re-airing of MAKING STUFF by visiting the MRS Facebook page!
Even More Resources
Some of your old favorites, as well as new hands-on activities, videos and other resources about materials science from award winning websites such as Strange Matter, NISE Network and NanoDays can be found at the Science Enthusiasts website.
If you have any questions or need help making connections to other groups in your community, contact: Richard Souza, manager, education and outreach, Materials Research Society.