Public Outreach Center

Discover an MRS Community of Science Education and Public Outreach Events

Monday - Thursday, April 9 -12 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Friday, April 13, 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Moscone West, Level 2, Lobby

The Materials Research Society is playing a major role in bringing the education and research communities together at the 2012 MRS Spring Meeting. Join us for exciting hands-on activities, demonstrations, information areas, seminars, as well as Symposium ZZ to engage future materials scientists and engineers.

Join us at the Public Outreach Center at the Spring Meeting and learn the role MRS has in the following education outreach communities. Find out how you can participate and be a part of this exciting movement e action as we bring the science of materials to the general public.

The following activities will be represented at the Public Outreach Center:

 NISE Network/Nanodays | Strange Matter | Materials Voice | Nova Making STUFF 

  Other Public Outreach Activities:

 Hands-On Nano Coffee Hours | Science on the Square


More information will be posted as it becomes available 



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.


Learn How You Can Celebrate NanoDays   


Learn How You Can Celebrate NanoDays 2013 A Nationwide Festival of Nanopublic Outreach Events!

The NISE Network selected March 30th –April 7th 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.


  • Learn about NanoDays 2013
  • Find out if your community is planning to participate in NanoDays 2013 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 2013 and the NISE Network go to 



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. Stop by the NOVA Making STUFF information booth and see video clips of the series.

 For more information about Making STUFF go to

Strange Matter Booth

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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. Find out how you can volunteer and be part of this dynamic highly interactive exhibition. 

Materials Voice Booth


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 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 Web site. 

Hands-On Nano Coffee Hours

Monday, April 9, 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Tuesday, April 10, 9:30 am – 10:30 am
Tuesday, April 10, 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Wednesday, April 11, 9:30 am – 10:30 am
Thursday, April 12, 9:30 am – 10:30 am
Thursday, April 12, 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Moscone West, Level 2, Lobby

Join us throughout the week during the coffee breaks as national science centers and science museums, in partnership with the NISE Network, present “stimulating” educational, outreach through hands-on activities in materials science and nanotechnology.

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.

Special Meeting Price
$15.00 per set.
Limited quantities.

Pick up your copy at the Publications Desk.  

Science on the Square – A Stage Presentation


Wednesday, April 11, 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Moscone West, Level 1, Exhibit Hall, materials²
Frank Kusiak
The Lawrence Hall of Science

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 using a variety of technologies – including 3 new nanotechnologies for water purification.

During the presentation, audiences consider 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?

Frank Kusiak is the educational technology project manager at the Lawrence Hall of Science since 2009. He also spent six years as a science museum gallery leader at the St. Louis Science Center. As a coordinator for the Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network's (NISE NET) Southwest Region, he currently works on creating and maintaining relationships between science museums and nanotech research centers in California, Nevada, Arizona, and Hawaii. He also provides professional development and logistical support for nano education outreach for these institutions. Frank has also created nano-themed media and programs for NISE Net, and recently, has been focusing on media/professional development for institutions who want to address the societal and ethical implications of nano.


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