The modules are designed to fit within the vertices of the Materials Science Tetrahedron, as shown in the Overview Tab. The breakdown of how each module fits within the tetrahedron can be seen below.

An overview of the modules’ learning objectives, topics covered, and other pertinent information can be found in the menu to the left under the specific modules’ tab. Each module will have either a lab or an in-class activity to help students understand the topics covered.

For each module, we provide files allowing you to implement the activity on your own. File types can be seen below. Note that some files might not be provided for every activity, depending on the specific module.

File TypePurpose
Module Overview SheetProvides learning objectives, supplies needed, topics covered, and other pertinent information
Lecture SlidesSlides we have used to introduce these topics within the tetrahedron framework, including talking points and demonstration details (if applicable)
Lecture NotesGuided note sheets for students to use when following along with lectures
Instructor Lab Handout Detailed instructions on how to run accompanying lab activities, including supplies, setup, and instructions.
Student Lab HandoutDetailed handout to give students when conducting the lab experiments
Activity/Demonstration HandoutHandouts describing in-class activities used for various modules. These can also be found on the Demonstrations/Stand Alone Activities Tab

Most of our modules are classroom/lab friendly, though some modules might require special facilities. Each module and the facilities needed can be found in the table below.

ModuleClassroom Only NeededLaboratory NeededSpecial Facilities Needed
Fracture Computer lab
Materials Science of ChocolateX
CrystallographyXX-Ray Diffractometer
Shape Memory AlloysX (with furnaces capable of reaching 500+C)
3D PrintingX
Solar CellsX

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