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K-12 Educators

Welcome K-12 educators. On this page you will find our materials and activities organized by subject matter and topic. Many of our activities can be adapted for multiple grade levels.

Announcing the first MRSEC Teacher Professional Development Workshop on December 10, 2014. Click here for more information!

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Discover Logo Destination Discovery Exploration Field Trips
The Town Center at the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery is an exceptional destination for scientific exploration. The UW MRSEC offers several field trip experiences through the Town Center for students in elementary, middle, and high school. For more information and to register for a field trip online, click here. 

Chemistry – amorphous metal, carbon nanotubes, crystal structure, ferrofluid, LEDs, liquid crystals, memory metal, nanoparticles, nanotechnology, piezoelectricitysuperconductors

Physics – amorphous metal, carbon nanotubes, magnetism, microfluidics, nanotechnology, nanoparticles, size and scale, superconductorsx-ray diffraction

Biology – hydrophobic/hydrophilic, liquid crystals, nanoparticles, nanotechnology, self –assembly, size and scale, x-ray diffraction

Engineering/Materials Science – amorphous metal, carbon nanotubes, crystal structure, ferrofluid, instruments and devices, LEDs, Liquid crystals, hydrophobic/hydrophilic, memory metal, microfluidics, nanoparticles,nanotechnology, piezoelectricity, self assembly, size and scale, superconductorsx-ray diffraction

Nanotechnology – carbon nanotubes, crystal structure, ferrofluid, instruments and devices, LEDs, liquid crystals, hydrophobic/hydrophilic, memory metal, nanoparticles, nanotechnology, self assembly, size and scale

Spanish – all bilingual material

Topics for Classroom Activities are listed alphabetically here.

Research Experience for Teachers (RET) Program: The Research Experience for Teachers (RET) program puts teachers from around the state into materials research facilities at the University in order to 1) get teachers more comfortable with the tools, language, and processes of science and 2) have teachers create learning modules based on their research for use in their classroom. More information can be found here.

RET-Created Modules: To see a library of activities created by teachers for teachers as part of our Research Experience for Teachers program, click here.

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Outreach Beyond MRSEC: Additional Resources