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Engineers will be called upon to find solutions for the challenges the world will face in the 21st century. These articles highlight the diversity of the work which continues in the search for those solutions.

Materials Explorers™ Program Adds New STEM Resources
June 2019

The Materials ExplorersSTEM outreach program recently launched its newest classroom activities for high school students through the support of the Arconic Foundation.

According to information, Materials Explorers ™ was initially developed and launched in 2018 by The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS) to grow an understanding of materials science & engineering (MSE) among high school students through popular culture references. The program’s newest collection, “The Materials That Move Us” explain materials science and engineering concepts through the framework of real-world applications such as aircraft, ships, and automobiles. Many of the real-world technologies referenced are application worked on at Arconic.

The Materials Explorers ™ program is made up of two main components. The first is the volunteer aspect which brings TMS members into their local high schools to serve as real-life role models. Volunteers can help teachers explain complex Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) concepts by relating them to popular culture. They can also show students how materials science and engineering shapes the world around them by discussing the applications of their work.

The second component of Materials Explorers ™ is the collection of downloadable class activities made available to teachers, parents, and students for free. The program launched with eight distinct popular culture topics ranging from smartphones to superheroes. The newest topic area to join the collection uses examples from the transportation industry to explain the following STEM concepts: Data Collection and Graphing; Measurement and Scale; Chemical and Physical Properties and States of Matter.

The update also includes the addition of a Capstone Project. The Materials Explorers ™ program teaches students the scientific method and the importance of materials selection in designing a product. In the capstone project, students apply that knowledge to conceptualize and design their very own product.

Teachers and parents interested in the program can download class activities and teacher guides for free at Schools wishing to host a classroom visit may contact to connect with a volunteer scientist or engineer in their area.

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