Section Outreach to Students and Teachers
GGRN, YPN, MA, and Materials Science Classroom Kits
ACerS Global Graduate Researcher Network (GGRN): The GGRN is a group that addresses the leadership and career development needs of graduate-level students who have a primary interest in ceramics and glass. Members of GGRN enjoy access to ACerS invaluable information, expertise, and programming resources, as well as a network of other graduate-level students who are sharing similar experiences. The $30 GGRN membership provides graduate students targeted opportunities in such areas as networking, career preparation, leadership training, recognition programs, and volunteerism.
ACerS Young Professionals Network (YPN): After graduation, the ACerS Young Professionals Network (YPN) is the next step in professional development. The YPN is designed for ACerS members in their first 10 years of employment who are under the age of 40. Young professionals get the first year of membership free (Associate Membership), with the second year of membership at the $40 discounted rate.
Material Advantage Student Program (MA): Material Advantage is a student program that specifically targets undergraduate students enrolled in materials science, engineering, and other technical engineering programs at universities around the world. The $30 membership fee provides a single low-cost membership that provides full access to four materials science and engineering professional societies namely; The American Ceramic Society (ACerS), Association for Iron & Steel Technology (AIST), ASM International® (ASM), and The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (TMS).
Our popular Materials Science Classroom Kit was originally designed by The American Ceramic Society’s President’s Council for Student Advisors — college students from the best engineering universities around the world — to assist teachers with instructing science in an interactive and engaging way.
The objective of the kit is to facilitate STEM education by making scientific concepts relevant, interesting, and fun for young adults, many of whom are deciding what to study in college. The hands-on demonstrations and labs are a proven way of getting students interested in subject matter that they will need to know as they prepare to enter the innovative, high-tech workforce of today.
The kit includes most of the items needed to perform the demonstrations and labs, as well as a flash drive that contains an introductory PowerPoint presentation that outlines each lesson, as well as instructional videos for each demonstration. The printed Teacher’s Manual provides the scientific concepts, learning objectives, lesson instructions, discussion questions, and student handouts for each demonstration and lab. The lesson documents may also be downloaded at no charge from our website: http://ceramics.org/free-lesson-download.
To learn more about the value of the kits, download this summary of PCSA Science Kits and their inclusion of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).