Columbus teacher bridges the gap between art and glass science

July 24, 2023

The orange orb at the end of the long metal rod disappears back into the reheating furnace, turning slowly as the artist uses gravity and patience to bend the orb into a perfect round shape. The orange orb isn’t really orange, and it isn’t just an orb: it is clear hot glass. The artist holds…

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Introducing Outreach in a Box: Where materials science education meets your local community

June 14, 2023

We are thrilled to announce the launch of our new program, Outreach in a Box! This initiative is designed to bring materials science education directly to your local community with the help of dedicated volunteers like you. With Outreach in a Box, we provide resources and guidance for hosting engaging outreach events, conveniently packaged in…

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CGIF Kit Grant recipient connects materials science to medicine with the Young Surgeons Club

June 5, 2023

At first glance, one may not realize what a cow heart and materials science have in common. Students watch as a cardiologist inserts a stent into a cow heart, mimicking a real-life procedure that opens a clogged artery and echoing the Ceramic and Glass Industry Foundation’s (CGIF) shape memory alloy lesson.  The lesson demonstrates how…

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The CGIF attends STEM Goes Red to support Owens Corning 

May 16, 2023

The Ceramic and Glass Industry Foundation (CGIF) supported Owens Corning on Friday, May 12 at a STEM Goes Red event held at the PAST Foundation in Columbus. STEM Goes Red is an initiative by the American Heart Association that aims to engage more young women in STEM fields.  The event brought 105 middle school students…

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CGIF’s 2022 Gratitude Report

May 11, 2023

Thanks to the support of our donors, the CGIF has made great strides in our goal to inspire and empower the next generation of ceramic and glass professionals. We are grateful for the generosity of our donors who helped us make a significant impact on materials science education in 2022. To learn more about the…

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The CGIF attends the COSI Big Science Celebration with Owens Corning support

May 9, 2023

The Ceramic and Glass Industry Foundation (CGIF) brought materials science to the fifth annual COSI Big Science Celebration on Saturday, May 6 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. The celebration took place on the last day of the week-long COSI Science Festival. The Big Science Festival is one of the largest STEM events in Ohio, with booths…

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CGIF science kits connect students to real world materials

April 24, 2023

In just 18 months, Maria Tamez, K-8 English Language Learner (ELL)  teacher for Amelia Earhart Elementary-Middle School in Detroit, Michigan, transformed the way her students digest and think about science. Before the 2021-2022 school year, Tamez was approached by the school’s principal about improving test scores and improving the students’ learning experience. Luckily for Tamez, she…

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CGIF now accepting 2023 Project Grant proposals

April 18, 2023

The Ceramic and Glass Industry Foundation (CGIF) is now accepting Project Grant proposals for applicants to propose creative projects that expand Materials Science education projects in their community. Each applicant can request funding for up to $2,500 for their project, which should be directly applicable to expanding Materials Science education or training the next generation…

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CGIF opens NSBE scholarship application 2023

April 12, 2023

Every year, the Ceramic and Glass Industry Foundation (CGIF) aims to award a student with a $5,000 scholarship through the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE). NSBE was founded in 1975 to encourage collegiate and pre-collegiate students in engineering and technology. NSBE currently has more than 6,000 chapters in the U.S. with more than 24,000…

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From PCSA to industry leaders

April 5, 2023

The President’s Council of Student Advisors (PCSA), fresh from their autumn annual board meeting, hums with excited energy as a new year begins. With a recently-elected chair and visions for change, the PCSA readies itself to strengthen their organization and help even more students in the ceramic and glass community. The PCSA primarily serves the…

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