The Ceramic and Glass Industry Foundation (CGIF) was established to attract, inspire and train the next generation of ceramic and glass professionals.
Materials Science Classroom Kit
The CGIF promotes ceramic and glass science and engineering to middle and high school students through the distribution of its Materials Science Classroom Kit. The kit is used by teachers to introduce 7th-12th grade students to the basic classes of materials — ceramics, composites, metals, and polymers — through fun and interactive lessons. The kit includes nine materials science lessons — five teacher demonstrations and four student labs. Six of the lessons focus specifically on ceramic and glass materials.
The kit includes most of the items needed to perform the demonstrations and labs. Also included is a flash drive that contains an introductory PowerPoint presentation that outlines each lesson, as well as instructional videos for each demonstration. The printed Teacher’s Manual provides the scientific concepts, learning objectives, lesson instructions, discussion questions, and student handouts for each demonstration and lab. The lesson documents may also be downloaded at no charge from our website.
The kit was originally designed by The American Ceramic Society’s President’s Council of Student Advisors — college students from the best engineering universities from around the world — to assist teachers with instructing science in an interactive and engaging way. In addition, the popular book, The Magic of Ceramics, accompanies the kit and introduces the non-technical reader to the many exciting applications of ceramics while teaching key scientific concepts.
Student Outreach Events
The CGIF organized a ceramic and glass exhibitor area at the 2018 USA Science & Engineering Festival in Washington, DC, April 5 – 8, 2018. This festival is the country’s only national science festival, developed to increase awareness about the importance of science and to encourage youth to pursue careers in science and engineering. The CGIF presented hands-on ceramic and glass materials demonstrations for the 370,000 students, teachers, and parents in attendance. The USA Science & Engineering Festival takes place every two years, and we plan to participate in 2020.
The CGIF was represented at the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) National Conference, which was held in Atlanta, GA, March 15 – 18, 2018 . The conference theme, Science on my Mind, was a very good venue for the promotion of our Materials Science Classroom Kit to science teachers from around the US. It is estimated that over 2,700 science teachers attended the three-day exhibition, and we came away with a sign-up sheet of more than 80 teachers who expressed interest in receiving a sponsored kit. This was a very worthwhile event and we will participate in the national conference again in 2019.
The Foundation was pleased to showcase and demonstrate the Materials Science Classroom Kit at the Materials in STEM (M-STEM) Conference that took place in Newport News, VA, November 6 – 7, 2017. M-STEM brings together students, faculty and business to strengthen understanding of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) principles, especially relating to materials science, and to enhance K-20 technology education integration. We look forward to participating in the 2018 M-STEM Conference that will take place at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, November 5 -6, 2018.
The CGIF came away an award winner following its participation in the Technology and Engineering Showcase at the Ohio State Fair in August 2017. The annual exhibition is sponsored by the Ohio Technology & Engineering Educators Association, which awarded the Foundation the 2017 Best Technology Exhibit and the Award of Merit for Technology Education. The CGIF chose this venue to provide unique learning experiences to those who may be unfamiliar with ceramic and glass science. Both children and adults were engrossed in the unique demonstrations provided at the exhibit. Students from The Ohio State University’s Materials Science and Engineering Department assisted in demonstrating various activities for interested fairgoers.
Student Travel Grants and Exchanges
The CGIF also supports Student Travel Grants and Exchanges to enable students to gain a broad perspective and professional insight into their chosen career path.
The Foundation sponsored the 2018 Winter Workshop, which took place January 19 – 23, 2018, in Daytona Beach, FL. We were pleased to host 16 international students supported by ECerS, who joined students from across the United States, for a total attendance of 52 students!
The Foundation was proud to support 13 students who attended the European Ceramic Society’s (ECerS) summer school in Budapest, Hungary, in July 2017.
The CGIF will also provide travel assistance to selected students from non-European universities to attend the ECerS summer school, “Process and Properties of Electroceramics for Energy Applications”, in Hasselt, Belgium, in July 2018.
CGIF and Keramos
In early 2018, the CGIF and Keramos, a national ceramic engineering fraternity, announced that the groups partnered to promote interest in ceramic and glass engineering, technology, and science. By working together, both organizations plan to increase projects and activities to introduce young people to ceramic and glass science.
As partners, the CGIF provides funding to the 14 university-based Keramos chapters that submit proposals to perform outreach activities on campus and to younger students in the community. The CGIF also makes its popular Materials Science Classroom Kit available to each Keramos chapter that is granted funding.
The Ceramic and Glass Career Center website at careers.ceramics.org is the best place for job and internship seekers to find a great ceramic and glass career opportunity. The site is promoted to all members of The American Ceramic Society, especially to students and young professionals. It is the ideal place for employers who utilize ceramic and glass materials to find the best and brightest materials students and professionals.
Student Leadership Development
Offering university students opportunities to learn and grow as young leaders is best embodied by the President’s Council of Student Advisors (PCSA). At present, PCSA members coordinate student-focused ceramic programming at technical meetings, facilitate industry-student relations via plant tours, and volunteer at outreach events to share their passion with younger students.
If you have any questions, or would like to discuss the Foundation’s programs and initiatives, please contact Belinda Raines, Outreach Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org.