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Title: National Science Foundation/MESA

National Science Foundation/MESA SPAWAR TEACHING
NSF Grant No. 0653277
ROHR, SPAWAR San Diego City College
Subject Choices in Science Technology
  • Students explore the materials design and
    function of a wide variety of balls used in
    athletics, as well as test and analyze their
    interactions with many surfaces they come in
    contact during play. Then students design a
    suitable material for use in a newly invented
  • By incorporating everyday materials into science
    lessons, the Materials World Modules (MWM)
    program at Northwestern University has found the
    solution to getting students excited about
    learning science while helping teachers meet
    national and state education standards.
  • The modules are easy to organize and inexpensive
    to run. They can be incorporated into any science
    class because of the breadth of subjects covered
    in the Activity and Design Project sections. Each
    module is a supplemental science unit that takes
    1-3 weeks of class time (approximately 10 hours)
    to complete.
  • MWM will give students an opportunity to
    understand the world around them in a way they
    have never experienced before. The modules
    promote an awareness of the roles science and
    technology play in society and guide students to
    take increased control of their work.

Aligning to Standards "The MWM Program design
project meets local and state standards as well
as the skills of life. Students enjoy the
K-12 science teachers and San Diego-based
scientists and engineers joined forces to explore
how their collaboration could make inquiry-based
science come alive for students in local schools.
DoDs Office of Basic Research and the Navys
Space Systems Center sponsored the two-day
workshop, which brought together almost 50
educators and lab-based professionals as part of
a national initiative that will engage the DoD
research enterprise and adjacent schools in nine
states. Todays technical workforce is a
powerful but under-utilized asset in K-12
education. Lab-based scientists and engineers can
complement classroom teachers by connecting
textbook lesson plans to real world challenges.
One of the tools that DoD will rely upon to
forge partnerships in San Diego and other sites
is Materials World Modules, a kit-based program
developed at Northwestern University.
Field-tested in middle and high schools around
the country, the program combines inquiry and
data collection with team-based design of
composites, concrete, food packaging, smart
sensors, and other materials. With guidance from
master teachers, workshop participants played the
roles of students learning about sports
Experience meets Technology MESA/NSF - SPAWAR
summer interns Nilo Ondevilla (Engineering major)
Wilson Pulido (Physics major) busy at work.
Physics Physical Science Forces Friction Energy Conservation of Energy Energy Absorption Stored and Kinetic Elastic and Plastic Deformation Inertia Language Arts Writing a report Public speaking Chemistry Properties of Matter Molecular Bonds Polymers Mathematics Measuring Graphing (Making, Reading and Analysis) Computing Averages Ratios Geology Earth Science Air Pressure and Altitude Environmental Issues Biology and Life Science Biological Materials Structure and Function Biomechanics Human Body Joints Metabolism Skin Technical Education Designing Materials Controlling Energy Absorption Controlling Friction
  • Why Study Materials?
  • Throughout much of human history, progress has
    been defined by advances in the materials human
    society uses, such as during the Stone Age, the
    Bronze Age, and the Iron Age.
  • Today, in every sector of human activity,
    materials continue to impact all fronts of
    society and significantly enhance the quality of
  • Materials are constantly concocted or invented
    to meet the demands of science and society. We
    can make synthetic skin, blood, and bone. We can
    make information superhighways from glass. We can
    make shields to protect planes that fly in and
    out of Earth's atmosphere. We can make materials
    that repair themselves, that swell and flex like
    muscles, that repel ink or paint and that capture
    the energy of the sun.
  • Materials technology is the basis of all modern
    industries that drive the global economy.
  • Few would have predicted fifty years ago that
    silicon would have such dominance in
    communications and information processing.
  • Throughout the twenty-first century and beyond,
    materials will continue to enable technology that
    explores new frontiers, and develop more
    efficient and cleaner ways to power the world.
  • MWM Pedagogy
  • The main thrust of the MWM Program is to engage
    students in making sense of the rich tapestry of
    materials that surround them and to provide an
    opportunity to create new materials or fabrics
    for our world.
  • The Materials World Modules create an
    environment of scientific inquiry within a design
    context involving material objects students
    ponder design problems that scientists and
    engineers encounter every day in the workplace.
  • Incorporating inquiry within a materials design
    context helps to provide purpose and structure in
    the learning of underlying scientific concepts.
  • Professional Development Workshops
  • Most secondary school teachers are unfamiliar
    with the field of materials science. In both
    content and structure, the Materials World
    Modules (MWM) differs substantially from most
    traditional science textbooks.
  • Because of these key differences, MWM provides
    teacher orientation workshops to new module users
    at MWM "hub sites," explaining how to effectively
    use and integrate the modules into their

Evoking Curiosity in Science and Encouraging Team
Building "It's a fun way to learn science,
because it grabs your attention and gives you a
chance to come to an agreement as a team member
with your classmates."
Teaching Experience at work
MWM hub sites are established in areas where
there is a concentration of 15 to 20 teachers
interested in MWM developments. Each hub site
provides face-to-face occasions for discussion
and for the trading of "classroom secrets," which
foster a close community of users in the
integration and application of MWM modules.
Promoting Critical Thinking "Most of all, this
program makes you think. It ties in everything
from math and science and shows how they relate
to life. You also learn more since the labs are
Ideally, a target hub site is centrally located
and easily accessible within a 50-mile (or
one-hour one-way) travel radius of each teacher.
The hubs create a structure for the long-term
dissemination and sustenance of MWM module
The Materials World Modules program takes pride
in establishing and maintaining strong
relationships with educators. The success of the
program depends on teacher input and
collaborations with MWM developers. MWM
appreciates receiving constructive feedback from
teachers and students and revising dimensions of
modules accordingly.
Students learn by listening to engaging lectures,
applying specific scientific instructions and
methods. Involved demonstrations allow students
hands-on experience while having fun thus making
the classroom environment more conducive for
participative learning.