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Welcome to our materials science education website!

On this site, you can find a large collection of activities ranging from labs that can be done in the classroom to tabletop demonstrations suitable for informal education venues. Our group is the NSF-funded UW Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) Education and Outreach Group. We use examples of advanced materials and nanotechnology to enhance public understanding of fundamental science and engineering concepts and to share the excitement and potential of these interdisciplinary fields with K-12 audiences and the general public.

We have three excellent games, developed with Field Day Lab, that are all free to play! Crystal Cave explores how molecules fit together on the nanoscale to grow into beautiful crystals! Atom Touch allows you to control molecules at the atomic level, enabling you to examine what happens when you add or remove atoms or change variables like temperature! Finally, our newest edition, Lost at the Forever Mine, takes you on an adventure as a materials scientist who has crash-landed on an abandoned planet. Working with scientific models, you will try to mine enough fuel to get off the planet, before your oxygen runs out!

Please feel free to use any of the material on our site, we just ask that you include the acknowledgement. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please direct them to Matthew Stilwell at

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