Programs & Outreach

Strange Matter

  Materials Research Society FoundationFollowing an extensive period of research and development, the Materials Research Society, along with the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Ontario Science Centre, developed Strange Matter–an interactive traveling exhibit with over a dozen hands-on experiences and an interactive website with supplemental materials.

The exhibit toured North America and China through 2015. View the list of current and upcoming venues. You may want to contact with the host to see if there are opportunities to collaborate or volunteer.

In addition to the Strange Matter exhibit, the Strange Matter team has developed a teacher curriculum/activity guide designed to assist teachers with integrating materials science into their 5th-8th grade science curricula. The hands-on activities, based on the National Science Education Standards, are designed to encourage exploration and inquiry. Find out more in the Strange Matter Teacher's Guide.

A dynamic and interactive Strange Matter website accompanies the exhibit and provides a number of elements that supplement the exhibit experience.

  • Overview of Materials Science
  • Explore properties of materials through exploration
  • Games and videos
  • Curriculum Connections for teachers  

The Strange Matter website has garnered significant acclaim, from such sources asNewsweek, Yahoo! Picks, The American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Library Association, as well as:

  • The Washington Times - See why The Washington Times "Family Times" section called the Strange Matter website "an awesome immersion in the science of materials."
  • USA Today "Hot Site" - See why USA Today chose Strange Matter a "Hot Site."


  • RioTintoAlcan
  • Dow
  • Ford
  • Intel
  • 3M


  • Ontario Science Center
  • Materials Research Society
  • National Science Foundation