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Materials Science Kits



About the Kits

New and Improved Science Kit is on the Way!


We will soon be introducting our new Materials Science Classroom Kit, a revamped version of the kits developed several years ago by the ACerS President’s Council of Student Advisors.


Based on the success of our Teacher Demonstration Kit and Student Laboratory Kit, the new Materials Science Classroom Kit brings the magic of materials science to 7th through 12th grade classrooms. Utilizing feedback from teachers and other users, we selected the best demonstrations and interactive labs for inclusion into one convenient kit that provides an introduction to the basic classes of materials — ceramics, composites, metals, and polymers.


Fun, hands-on lessons and labs introduce students to materials science, while encouraging them to consider careers in the ceramic and glass industry. The cost to purchase or sponsor the new Materials Science Classroom Kit is $200. Corporate sponsors will be prominently recognized on the package so that schools receiving the kit will know of the sponsor’s generosity.


For more information on purchasing or donating a kit, contact Belinda Raines at braines@ceramics.org.



Download this summary of PCSA Science Kits and their inclusion of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). This document breaks down each lesson of the PCSA teacher demo and student lab kits in terms of the NGSS standards and provides a short description of how each applicable standard could be applied to the lesson.


Companies Donate a Kit to a Local School & Help Support Materials Science Outreach

 We have also developed a program in which a local company can donate kits for a specific school or classroom, to reduce or eliminate costs for teachers and create valuable interactions between classrooms and companies.  Donate a kit to a local school for $100 per kit.  Learn more about how your company can help shape the minds of our youth by donating a kit to a school of your choice!


Download Materials Science Lessons for FREE

Twelve lessons are available to download for free, if a lab is already equipped with the necessary components and supplies needed to perform the experiments.  Three lessons requiring liquid nitrogen are available as part of the free downloadable lessons for any teachers who are able to obtain their own liquid nitrogen.  


Why Offer Materials Science Kits?

ACerS believes that this resource will facilitate learning and inspire students to pursue STEM-related careers. Advances in materials frequently enable new technologies, and we want to foster the development of well-qualified young adults to secure the future of the field. This is the reason we are providing all of the information for free and the hardware and materials at minimized cost.


Information is available throughout this kit site by using the buttons above or the navigation on the right side bar.  It is our hope that each of you spreads this information to anyone else who might be interested.  

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