By Belinda Raines
The Ceramic and Glass Industry Foundation is continuing its mission of outreach to inspire the next generation of glass and ceramic professionals through digital means. The staff of the CGIF remains committed to providing educators, which now includes stay-at-home parents, with resources they can use to teach materials science and STEM topics.
The “Ceramics are Cool” resource page on the ACerS website at ceramics.org/ceramics-are-cool offers a number of interesting articles on how ceramics and glasses are used every day. Those articles accompany the 7th-12th grade resources which include the nine lessons from the Materials Science Classroom Kit and can be downloaded for free.
There are a number of resources for such topics as materials science, glass, ceramic engineering, higher education programs in ceramic and glass science, refractories, and varying demonstrations to try. Another resource on the Ceramics are Cool resource page links educators and other professionals with a page developed with assistance from the ACerS President’s Council of Student Advisors. “Communicating Science” provides many useful resources for effectively communicating about science to those who do not have a technical background.
The CGIF also provides ongoing informational posts and links to resources for educators on our special LinkedIn community page, “Ceramic and Glass Industry Foundation – Teachers Forum.”