K-12 Outreach Programs

The Northwestern Univeristy Materials Research Science & Engineering Center firmly believes that only through investing in the education of young children can we truly guarantee that science and engineering in the U.S. can remain competitive with the rest of the world. The Center, therefore, collaborates with several schools and educational institutions to bring the joy of science to students in Kindergarten through the end of high school.

CHANSE The Center leads an after-school science club at Chute Middle School in Evanston. Graduate and undergraduate students and postdoctoral fellows visit the school each week to lead the students in hands-on science experiments that explore a range of science and engineering fields. This program starts in October and ends in May with a field trip to Northwestern. Through this long-term mentoring, MRSEC hopes to encourage these students to pursue a career in science or engineering.

In the fall of 2008, these science club programs received a Student Development and Achievement Grant from the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Chicago Foundation.

In 2006, MRSEC began a collaboration with the NU Science In The Classroom (SITC) program. The program includes monthly 90-minute class sessions given by graduate students to approximately 200 students at Hayt Elementary school. The program is run by volunteers from the Department of Chemistry, and MRSEC sponsors a field trip to the Northwestern campus in the spring. SITC
Furthermore, in collaboration with the Center for Talent Development, MRSEC runs a 3-week summer program for talented middle school and high school students. The "Materials and Engineering Design" Honors class uses the Materials World Modules to introduce these students to materials science and encourage them to explore their engineering and creative skills through materials testing and construction projects.

In addition to the scheduled recurring activities, MRSEC hosts a number of laboratory tours for student groups each year. Some of the groups visit experimental laboratories where graduate students explain their research, and other groups tour the shared facilities of the center.

We are always excited to welcome volunteers who are interested in helping out with our K-12 activities. Please, visit the volunteer information page for more information.

Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)
Academic-Year Undergraduate Research Internship (URI)
Research Experience for Teachers (RET)
K-12 Programs
Marie Curie Play

Engineering Transdisciplinary Outreach in the Arts


Science Speaker Corps


Volunteer Opportunities

The Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) is supported by the National Science Foundation under NSF Award Number DMR-1121262. Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect those of the National Science Foundation.
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