Local teachers learn to teach materials science through hands-on experiences
June 26, 2014
Utah teachers learned some new ways to teach their students about materials science and engineering through hands-on experiences. University of Utah MRSEC co-sponsored the week-long camp for 22 Utah teachers at the University of Utah this summer.
Kyna Prettyman, a 6th grade math and science teacher, looks forward to showing her students at Channing Hall, a charter school in Draper Utah, the experiments about metals, conduction, corrosion, and polymers. “Defining vocabulary through inquiry seems so much more fun than learning strictly out of a textbook,” Prettyman said of the camp curriculum.
Prettyman hopes to impress upon students that “materials are an integral part of our lives and they have the ability to study, understand, and manipulate them to make our futures better.”
The objective of the camp is to make math and core science principles more exciting and accessible to students. Teachers also earn continuing education credit and are provided lesson plans, experiments and materials to take back to their classrooms.
The Materials Science Teacher Camp is administered by the ASM Foundation with the mission “To excite young people in materials, science, and engineering careers.”