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 returned 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 technology, 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. After viewing, explore the MAKING MORE STUFF Quiz to see how much you've learned.
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.
Photo credit: ©2013 WGBH Educational Foundation
Do you work at a museum or at a science center? Are you an educator? If so, join NOVA and the online MAKING STUFF Outreach Community to build knowledge around “making” by “teaching and learning about engineering and design through hands-on experience, tinkering, creativity, and play.”
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.
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.