Instructional Resources

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.

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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.

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.


MatEdU Modules

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.


Materials Videos

American Society of Metals extensive collection of 100's of materials related videos.

NSF Programs

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

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.


Recommended by educators and technicians as excellent tools for teaching and learning material science.

Textbooks for 2 Year Materials Technician Programs

Textbooks for 4 year programs

Individual Textbooks

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.

Career Resources

Guides and support information for students to explore career pathways, job descriptions and educational preparation requirements.

Papers & Publications

More depth by thought leaders in the areas of standards, high school pathways, defining material science concepts and forming focus groups.