Programs & Outreach

Strange Matter

  Materials Research Society FoundationFollowing an extensive period of research and development, the Materials Research Society, with funding support from the National Science Foundation and major corporations, developed Strange Matter–an interactive traveling exhibit with over a dozen hands-on experiences and an a dynamic website with supplemental materials.

Since 2003, the exhibition has toured North America, Asia and the Middle East. View the list of current and upcoming venues. You may want to contact the host to see if there are opportunities to collaborate or volunteer.

The website’s Teacher's Guide assists with integrating materials science into 5th-8th grade science curricula and the accompanying Parent’s Guide, also available in Spanish and French, provides activities, experiments and resources for families to have fun while exploring leading-edge materials science.

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 as Newsweek, 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."


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