Mission: Materials Science

The Penn State Center for Nanoscale Science, in partnership with The Franklin Institute science museum and Masterminds Agency in Philadelphia, is developing a new interactive website called “Mission: Materials Science” with informal educational content exploring a fundamental concept of materials science: Materials have unexpected behaviors that lead to new, innovative technologies.

The mission of this interactive website is to disseminate high-quality educational content about materials science, specifically to:

  1. Promote public awareness and relevance of materials science through a creative and compelling narrative concept that will define materials science and help audiences understand why and how it impacts our lives.
  2. Increase public awareness of current materials science by highlighting emerging research, novel applications, and diverse scientists in the MRSEC community.

Targeted to children ages 8-13 and their families, the site will feature (1) DIY activities that can be accomplished safely with items found commonly in the home, and (2) videos that portray stories told by real scientists about current research applications that are taking place. Additional site elements will include pop-up assets that add to the educational content and visual appeal of the site. This digital format is being developed with a site structure that can be easily expanded as best practices are identified for development of new activities through collaboration between scientists and educators. Currently, PSU’s MRSEC is exploring partnership with other MRSEC’s to deepen and broaden the impact of our DIY video series. If interested in learning more about forging a partnership, then please contact Kristin Dreyer (kad4@psu.edu).

The site will launch in summer 2019.