Public Outreach Center

Public Outreach Center

Discover an MRS Community of Science Education and Outreach 

The Materials Research Society brought the education, research and industrial communities together at the 2013 MRS Spring Meeting. In the public outreach center, visitors found exciting hands-on activities, demonstrations, information areas and seminars to engage future materials scientists and engineers.

Public Outreach Center Hours and Location:

Moscone West, Level 2, Lobby 

Monday, April 1, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Tuesday, April 2, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Wednesday, April 3, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Thursday, April 4, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Friday, April 5, 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. 


Strange Matter Green Earth

Strange Matter Green Earth

Moscone West, Level 2, Lobby 

Monday, April 1, through Thursday, April 4, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Friday, April 5, 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. 
 

Strange Matter Green Earth is a new pioneering educational venture being developed by MRS. It is an international traveling science exhibition that will enable millions of people across the globe to explore ways in which advances in materials can lead to a more sustainable future. Visitors will discover the story of the co-evolution of man and materials, and learn how materials, the stuff of history, will “meet the needs of the present without compromising future generations to meet their own needs.”

Building on the incredible success of the MRS Strange Matter traveling exhibition, Strange Matter Green Earth aims to empower the world’s citizens to make sustainable choices in their own lives and communities.
 


NISE Network Science Collaborator

NISE Network

Moscone West, Level 2, Lobby 

Monday, April 1, through Thursday, April 4, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Friday, April 5, 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.  


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.  


NanoDays 2014 and NISE Network

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Moscone West, Level 2, Lobby 

Monday, April 1, through Thursday, April 4, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Friday, April 5, 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.  

The NISE Network selected March 30–April 6 for NanoDays 2014, 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 2014
  • Find out if your community is planning to participate in NanoDays 2014 and learn 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, visit http://www.nisenet.org.


Strange Matter

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Moscone West, Level 2, Lobby 

Monday, April 1, through Thursday, April 4, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Friday, April 5, 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.  



Link up with our award-winning Strange Matter website 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 find out if it is coming to a North American location near you! Learn about volunteer opportunities with this dynamic, highly-interactive exhibition. 


NOVA MAKING STUFF

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Moscone West, Level 2, Lobby 

Monday, April 1, through Thursday, April 4, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Friday, April 5, 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.  

MRS and NOVA, the flagship PBS science documentary series, teamed to produce a four-part PBS prime time 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. Stop by the NOVA MAKING STUFF information booth to see video clips of the series.

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


Making STUFF—Four-Part Series Boxed DVD Set

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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/set

Quantities are limited! Pick up your copy at Publications Sales - Moscone West, Level 1, Lobby


INSIDE SCIENCE TV

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Moscone West, Level 2, Lobby 

Monday, April 1, through Thursday, April 4, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Friday, April 5, 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.  

Do you have an idea for a 90-second TV spot on materials science? Something of interest to the general public?

Visit the Inside Science TV Booth this week at the Public Outreach Center and learn how you can submit your story to the ISTV staff. 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 about materials science!

 


Materials Voice Booth

MATERIALS VOICE BOOTH

Moscone West, Level 2, Lobby 

 Monday, April 1, through Thursday, April 4, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 





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 website. 


Hands-On Nano Coffee Hours

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

Monday, April 1, 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Monday, April 1, 2:30-3:30 p.m.
Tuesday, April 2, 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Tuesday, April 2, 2:30-3:30 p.m.
Wednesday, April 3, 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Wednesday, April 3, 2:30-3:30 p.m.
Thursday, April 4, 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Thursday, April 4, 2:30-3:30 p.m.




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