By Belinda Raines
For the second year in a row, The Ceramic and Glass Industry Foundation (CGIF) won Best Technology Exhibit at the 2017 Ohio State Fair. The exhibit, which featured several materials science demonstrations, was staffed by graduate students from The Ohio State University.
The popular demos are included in the CGIF’s Materials Science Classroom Kit, which contains nine interactive lessons on the basic classes of materials — ceramics, composites, metals, and polymers. The kit facilitates learning and inspires 7th-12th grade students with fun, hands-on lessons and activities.
The Materials Science Classroom Kit is the most comprehensive resource of its kind, and lessons in the kit comply with Next Generation Science Standards. Included in each kit:
– Most materials needed for nine demonstrations and lab activities for multiple uses.
– A Teacher’s Manual, an illustrated guide that includes background information, learning objectives, keywords, materials lists, safety precautions, detailed instructions, demo delivery hints, teacher discussion questions, and student question handouts.
– The Magic of Ceramics book, with study guides for each chapter, a thumb drive that contains an introductory PowerPoint presentation, an electronic version of the Teacher’s Manual, and instructional videos for each demonstration and lab activity.
For more information on the Materials Science Classroom Kit or to download free materials science lessons, click here.