Make Science Connections That Inspire
The program content for Materials Explorers™ examines science and engineering themes presented through science fiction, fantasy, pop culture, and real-world technologies to actively engage students in the possibilities of science in a fun and accessible way. In addition, Materials Explorers™ encourages and supports TMS member volunteers to connect with schools and educational organizations for classroom visits that supplement the teaching concepts covered in the Materials Explorers™ curriculum, while serving as role models who can inspire students to see their own potential as future STEM professionals.
Go to Materials Explorers™ Website
Teachers: Download curriculum modules and direct your students to online enrichment and career exploration resources.
TMS Members: Join our volunteer list, download presentation templates, and access information to support your outreach to your local educational community.
A Special Thanks
Materials Explorers™ was developed as a collaborative effort of practicing high school educators and TMS member volunteers to create a hands-on, minds-on STEM curriculum. Materials Explorers™ has been prepared in accordance with Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), and designed to easily integrate into teaching plans to enhance student engagement and performance related to science and math skills and concepts.
Thank you to the following organizations and individuals for their time, talents, and enthusiasm in establishing the Materials Explorers™ program:
Host Organization for Public Launch:
Arizona Science Center
Aliquippa Junior-Senior High School
Alvin Gipson, Principal (10th-12th Grade)
Michael Malec, Teacher
Ambridge Area Senior High School
Ms. Janice Zupsic, Principal
Paul Hladio, Science Department Head
Deborah Stieving, Teacher
Franklin Regional Senior High School
Ron Suvak, Principal
Rebecca Connelly, Teacher
Rita Canton, Principal
Timothy Hunsberger, Teacher
Educator Advisory Panel:
Jonathan Busch, Engineering
Jordan Kelsey, General Science
Amanda Levinson, Math
Melissa McCarthy, Chemistry; Physical Science
Cheryl Meyer, Chemistry
TMS Materials ExplorersTM Committee:
André Phillion (Chair), McMaster University
Yoosuf Picard, Carnegie Mellon University
Lauren Garrison, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Lily Nguyen, U.S. Naval Research Laboratory
Hannah Coe, Oregon State University
Advisors to the Committee:
TMS Public & Government Affairs Committee:
Iver Anderson, Iowa State University/Ames Laboratory
Suveen Mathaudhu, University of California, Riverside/Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
John Howarter, (Chair), Purdue University
Eric Brown, (Co-Chair) Los Alamos National Laboratory
For additional information on Materials Explorers™, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.