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Materials World Modules Program

MWM is a content development and teacher professional development project, funded by NSF with $20M from 1994 that had reached over 200K students in every US state, Mexico, Qatar, Spain, Pakistan, and Singapore.

Materials World Modules (MWM) are hands-on, inquiry and design-based units for middle and high school students. Based on materials science and nanotechnology principles, this interdisciplinary approach engages students, adds relevance to traditional curriculum, and has been shown to improve science knowledge for all students.

Since 1994-2011, MRI had developed 16 modules.

The mission of the MWM Program is to develop an effective pre-college education curricula to prepare students with STEM literacy and equip them with 21st century skills set to become a competent and creative STEM workforce and a globally responsible citizenry based on the following MWM core values:

  1. The full integration of the STEM curriculum, essential for coherence, real-world relevance, depth of understanding and the development of systems thinking.
  2. The hands-on practice of scientific inquiry and engineering design - the heart of the technology R&D cycle and a key conceptual shift of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) released in 2013.
  3. The use of digital multimedia and interactive learning technologies to reach larger numbers of students and provide equal opportunity access and personalized learning support for all.
  4. A community-based approach that bridges gaps across sectors, disciplines and grade levels, and keeps new knowledge and perspective flowing into classrooms, improving Science and Mathematics Literacy.

Mexico Partnership

The MWM-Mexico program was launched through a regional partnership between Northwestern University, a national research institute in Mexico (CIMAV), state departments of education, a Chihuahua cement company and numerous schools in the region. This model is expanding to other cities, such as Monterrey, Mexico City and 39 cities and rural towns across Mexico.

Qatar Partnership

MWM modules have also been successfully adopted in Doha, Qatar, with support from the petrochemical industry, University of Qatar, and local schools and government.