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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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 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.

  • MRS - Materials Research Society
  • 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
  • NSF Radio - all things science, engineering, math and technology
  • SpaceTEC - a National Resource Center for Aerospace Technical Education is the focal point for providing aerospace related post-secondary technical assistance for aerospace employees. SpaceTEC and its partners offer programs that prepare candidates to become Certified Aerospace Technicians. Potential candidates must meet minimum established pre-requisites and successfully pass the computer-based knowledge exam and the oral and hands-on practical exams. Based at Brevard Community College, Cocoa Beach Florida, SpaceTEC has eleven partner institutions in eight states.
  • - The National Center for Welding Education and Training (dba Weld-Ed) is housed at Lorain County Community College (LCCC) in Elyria, Ohio. The Center is a collaboration of community colleges, universities, workforce agencies, and business and industry members representing welding and materials joining industry perspectives. The Center’s primary mission is to expand the number of higher skilled welding technicians while at the same time addressing the overall welding and materials joining needs of a multifaceted industry.

Instructional Resources

 These are educational products in engineering including kits, labs, books, workshops and posters.

  • Engineering Education Service Center is an engineering education company that specializes in providing products for K-12 schools to teach and share the fun of engineering. From curriculum to books, DVDs, posters, T-shirts and other motivational products, we aim to make engineering understandable and accessible to everyone.
  • 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.
  • Classroom Management Input on creating a positive classroom environment including how to implement a management plan


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.