MWM outreach program evaluation

National Center for Materials World Modules Outreach



This is a DOD-funded (~$7 million) precollege MWM program.

Bill Weber leads the Sports Materials Module.Instructors from Northwestern University conducted two major training sessions at the New Jersey MWM outreach program in April 2008.

The first session took place in the northeastern area of the state, at the Hudson County School of Technology, on April 7 and 8. Ten New Jersey school districts (Cliffside Park, East Newark, Fairview, Guttenberg, Harrison, Kearny, North Bergen, Secaucus, Sparta, and Union County Tech) sent 28 active teachers to the training. Four Northwestern instructors conducted the trainings in biodegradable materials, composites, smart sensors, and sports materials. Participants were enthusiastic, impressed with the quality of instruction, excited by the potential of the MWM program, and eager to get students involved.

Food Packaging Group, Kate Heroux, MWM Instructor.The second session took place in the central region of the state, at the Jackson Liberty High School, on April 14 and 15. Three school districts (Jackson, Sparta, and Toms River) sent 38 active teachers to the training. They were joined by several district administrators, Northwestern support staff, and Picatinny representatives. Instruction was provided by five Northwestern instructors, all of whom were co-authors of at least one of the MWM modules. The modules taught were biodegradable materials, biosensors, concrete, food packaging, and sports materials, as well as the soon-to-be-released nano modules at that time. Participant response to the training was as positive as the earlier session. Teachers repeatedly publicly stated during the wrap-up session that that was the best workshop they attended in their entire careers.

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