Materials Science in the Classroom

Presented throughout the state, Materials Science from CU classroom programs are based on physical science topics that are used as an introduction to the world of materials science. Students in grades 5-9 use this inquiry-based curriculum and hands-on activities to learn about interdisciplinary topics.

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more than 1,858 programs delivered
to 75,752 students since 1998.

Science Discovery

Statewide Classroom Presentations & Assembly Programs

These programs, designed to facilitate interactive study through audience participation and experiments, feature museum collections, live organisms, and science equipment. Program content and activities supplement existing curriculum and support Colorado Content Standards. The opportunity to see and touch the "real thing" enlivens classroom learning, thereby engaging students and developing their understanding first-hand. Grades: PreK-12 & Adult


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Science Discovery Program Guide


Research Experience for Teachers (RET)

The purpose of the NSF-RET program is to provide opportunity for teachers to carry out front-line research, with the purpose of furthering their continued professional development.

Teachers are assigned to the individual discipline of their preference (physics, chemistry, chemical engineering) to work with the MRSEC scientists and their post-docs, graduate students, and technical support staff for each individual lab.

The Center will not be offering an RET program in 2013.

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RET Participants from Past Years

How Things Work (Summer '07 and '08)

In 2007 and 2008, the Physics Department at the Colorado School of Mines offered a course for middle and high school science teachers on “How Things Work”, taught by Center investigator Tom Furtak .


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