This tab provides Instructional resources for instructors and students, including the MatEdU Materials Science Educational Handbook, the searchable listing of MatEdU educational modules, textbooks, videos, and links to other resources for instruction in the wide scope of Materials Science and Technology.expand all
So you Want To Be In Materials Science: Blueprint a learning Environment
Everyone agrees that everything in the world is made of some kind of material; and manufacturers from IPOD to SPACE-POD want to make products faster, stronger, more efficient, lighter in weight, and less expensive. The challenge is to provide well educated material technicians using appropriate learning environments and state-of-art laboratories.
MatEdU Materials Science Educational Handbook
Materials educational modules for secondary and post-secondary instructor and students. Part of the Digital Library of the National Resource Center for Materials Technology Education, this handbook has six relevant materials science chapters with lessons from introductory to advanced levels. Developed by subject matter experts and peer reviewed, each lesson has been thoroughly vetted for use at all levels of education and technology.
- MatEdU Educational Handbook - Title Page, Introduction and How to Use
- Table of Contents
- Chapter 1, Introduction to Materials
- Chapter 2, Metals and Alloys
- Chapter 3, Composite Materials
- Chapter 4, Polymers and Plastics
- Chapter 5, Ceramic Materials
- Chapter 6, Engineering Materials and Design
- Appendix A
- Appendix B
- Appendix C
- Appendix D
CSM Case Study on Resources for the Multilingual Classroom
MatEd has long partnered and collaborated with the Critical Materials Institute (CMI) at the Colorado School of Mines (Mines) in support of materials science and technology. This case study will be help to anyone teaching STEM courses in a multilingual classroom.
- CSM Case Study - on Resources for the Multilingual Classroom
Here you have access to over 150 hands-on and educational modules on real, everyday materials for teachers and students applicable to middle and high school as well as for community and technical colleges. The collection demonstrates that materials are everywhere!
MST Teacher's Handbook
Developed by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, this handbook is an Introduction to Materials Science and Technology -- creating an MST environment -- standards, learning goals, assessment -- experiments and demonstrations.
- MST Teachers Handbook - 1 PNNL Cover Page
- MST Teachers Handbook - 2 PNNL Disclaimer
- MST Teachers Handbook - 3 PNNL Table of Content
- MST Teachers Handbook - 4 Introduction to Materials Science and Technology
- MST Teachers Handbook - 5 Creating an MST Environment
- MST Teachers Handbook - 6 Standards, Learning Goals, and Assessment
- MST Teachers Handbook - 7 Experiments Demonstrations Introductory
- MST Teachers Handbook - 8 Experiments Demonstrations Metals
- MST Teachers Handbook - 9 Experiments Demonstrations Ceramics
- MST Teachers Handbook - 10 Experiments Demonstrations Polymers
- MST Teachers Handbook - 11 Experiments Demonstrations Composites
- MST Teachers Handbook - 12 Acknowledgement
- MST Teachers Handbook - 13 Resource Appendix
American Society of Metals extensive collection of 100's of materials related videos.
National Science Foundation Programs
National Science Foundation has nationwide resources for technician education. A wide variety of organizations are working on certifications, curriculum development, learning style specific content and education.
- Materials Research Science and Engineering Centers (MRSEC) - a network of Centers located at academic institutions throughout the United States, funded by the National Science Foundation.
- NSF - National Science Foundation
- ATE Central - ATE refers to Advanced Technological Education. With an emphasis on two-year colleges, the National Science Foundation's ATE program focuses on the education of technicians for the high-technology fields that drive our nation's economy
From CNC to laser cutting to additive manufacturing, these courses are freely available as open source classroom resources.
Engineering and Technology Education
Selected educational products in engineering and technology are provided here along with listings of projects and professional groups that have their own educational activities, these include kits, labs, books, workshops and posters, along with workshops for teachers and students at different levels of education.
- Teach Engineering is a searchable, web-based digital library collection populated with standards-based engineering curricula for use by K-12 teachers and engineering faculty.
- Materials Professional organization with educational programs and products
- ASM - Educators Resources To help high school STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) teachers develop a more successful curriculum or lesson plan, the ASM Materials Education Foundation provides access to additional teacher resources.
- Core Competency Needs in Materials Technology
- Minessota State Advanced Manufacturing Center of Excellence Free to use, online learning modules covering topics valued by manufacturing companies—communication, reliability, productivity, and 23 more.
- MTAG the Manufacturing Technology Advisory Group, has developed curricula in a wide variety of manufacturing-related areas. Visit for sample curriculum
Recommended by educators and technicians as excellent tools for teaching and learning material science.
Textbooks for 2 Year Materials Technician Programs
- Engineering Materials Properties and Selection (9th Edition) by Kenneth G. Budinski and Michael K. Budinski
- Engineering Materials Technology: Structures, Processing, Properties and Selection (5th Edition) by James A. Jacobs, Thomas F. Kilduff, (Hardcover - March, 2004) --This is a good book with applications but the level may be a little high for technicians.
- Essentials of Advanced Composite Fabrication Repair by Dorworth, L.; Gardiner, G.; Mellema, G.
- Materials and Processes in Manufacturing (11th Edition) by E. Paul DeGarmo, J T. Black, and Ronald A. Kohser -- Recommended for the second year of the Material technician course since it requires the user to have basic knowledge in materials science.
- Manufacturing Processes and Materials (5th Edition) by George F. Schrader and Ahmad K Elshennawy -- A good book for technician level.
- The New Science of Strong Materials or Why You Don't Fall through the Floor (Princeton Science Library) by J. E. Gordon and Philip Ball, (Paperback - May 2018) --This is a nice little book with lots of good examples. Not really a textbook but a fun read and quite applicable to materials technology.
- Stuff Matters: Exploring the Marvelous Materials that Shape Our Man-Made World (2014) by Mark Miodownik
Textbooks for 4 year programs
- Textbooks for 4 year Programs
- Physical Properties of Materials, Second Edition by Mary Anne White (June 28, 2011)
- The Essentials of Materials Science and Technology for Engineers , Copyright 2013, A. K. Rakhit, PhD
- Elementary Materials Science, William F Hosford, ASM International, 2014 Covers the basic concepts of Materials Science applied to metals, ceramics, polymers and composites
- Fundamentals of Materials Science and Engineering: An Integrated Approach, 4th edition, William D. Callister and D.G. Rethwisch, John Wiley & Songs, Hoboken, NJ, 2012
- Materials Science and Engineering : An Introduction, 9th edition, W.D. Callister and D.G. Rethwisch, John Wiley & Songs, Hoboken, NJ, 2014
- Structures: Or Why Things Don't Fall Down, pub 2003, by J. E. Gordon
Web Sites & Other Resources
Innovative materials resources from a wide variety of providers including professional organizations, university programs, state and federal projects and national laboratories.
- America Ceramic Society - Resource page with downloads for demos, databases and tools for classroom use
- ATE - ATE Center Impact
- American Composites Manufacturing Association - featuring articles, a magazine and resources
- Center of Excellence for Aerospace and Advanced Manufacturing - One of Washington State's 10 Centers of Excellence focused on sector strategies and economic development.
- The CORE-Materials Repository - contains 1670 open educational resources (OERs) in Materials Science and Engineering
- Granta - NDT Resources Center
- Hindawi - Advances in Material Science and Engineering
- How things are made and work - Ideas, inspiration and giveaways for teachers
- ICE - Institute for Chemical Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology - Open courseware in Material Science
- MatMatch - features materials blog and provides a resource database
- MatWeb - Materials Database
- Microworlds: Exploring the Structure of Materials - Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
- National Coalition of Advanced Technology Centers - The National Coalition of Advanced Technology Centers is a network of higher education resources that advocates and promotes the use of technology applications that enhance economic and workforce development programs and services.
- NIST - Materials Science Portal
- NDT - NDT Resources Center
- NSDL - The National Science Digital Library
- numberland.com - International website on materials
- The Optical Society - education resources including a lab manual for teachers
- Pacific Northwest National Laboratory - STEM education and work-based learning resources
- Try Engineering - hands-on, standards-based lesson plans for middle and high school STEM faculty.
- Webmineral - Mineralogy Database
- Materials Washington - Materials Washington is an alliance of community and technical colleges working to enhance the competitiveness of Washington's workforce in the area of materials technology, and of Washignton's materials industry.
Guides and support information for students to explore career pathways, job descriptions and educational preparation requirements.
- Career Cluster Resources for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
- Career Cornerstone - Overview of needed educational preparation in engineering technology
- Careers in Welding
- Learn How to Become - A career path resource site that includes engineering paths
Papers & Publications
More depth by thought leaders in the areas of standards, high school pathways, defining material science concepts and forming focus groups.
- ASEE Engineering Technology Division Membership Survey
- Education Working With Global Industry Standards
- Entrepreneurship Incubation Case Study of the Facility Makerspace : Impacts, Challenges and Strategies
- Guide for Planning, Organizing, and Managing Focus Groups
- MatEdU Collaborative Internship: a Case Study of our collaborative internship model for education and industry
- MatEdU Guitar Building : Case Study
- High School Materials Science: It really works!,John Rusin, Tom Stoebe, Charles Hayes, The Future of Materials Science & Engineering Education Conference, April 4-8, 2004 Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
- Materials Science and Technology: What do the Students Say?Guy Whittaker, Journal of Technology Education, Volume 5, Number 2 , Spring 1994
- Materials Science: The Gateway to Science!,Tom Stoebe, John Rusin, University of Alabama, June 13, 2006, Tuscaloosa, AL
- Materials Science: The Missing Piece in High School Science Curricula, Lisa Ogiemwonyi
- Materials Science Program Impact at the High School Level,Tom Stoebe, Laura Collins, MS&T 05, September 27, 2005, Pittsburgh, PA
- Materials Technology Education Program Impact on Secondary Teachers and Students,Thomas Stoebe, Guy Whittaker and Karen Hinkley, Journal of Materials Education 24 (1-3): 23-30 (2002)
- What is MST?, Debbie Goodwin & Andy Nydam
- Innovations in Education, Mel Cossette & Thomas Stoebe
- Educational Needs for Personnel in Nanotechnology: Core Competencies for Technicians
- Future Outlook for Materials Technology Education
- Integration of Materials Instruction in the Field of Manufacturing
- Materials Science: The Missing Piece in High School Science Curricula
- The STEM Workforce - Potential Solution
- Science Education: Our Professional Responsibility
- Making STEM Work for Students
- Importance of Teaching Technology and Science Together
- Changing Face of Minerals and Materials Science