Asee peer logo

Integrating Material Science Into The Standard Chemistry Curriculum

Download Paper |


2001 Annual Conference


Albuquerque, New Mexico

Publication Date

June 24, 2001

Start Date

June 24, 2001

End Date

June 27, 2001



Page Count


Page Numbers

6.614.1 - 6.614.5



Permanent URL

Download Count


Request a correction

Paper Authors

author page

Jeremiah Neubert

author page

Cynthia Widstrand

author page

C. Swanson

author page

Arthur Ellis

author page

Ann Pumper

Download Paper |

NOTE: The first page of text has been automatically extracted and included below in lieu of an abstract



Jeremiah J. Neubert Ψ †, Cynthia G. WidstrandΨ ‡, Ann M. Pumper*, C. Bruce Swanson*, and Arthur B. Ellis‡ † Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wisconsin/ ‡Department of Chemistry, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wisconsin/ *James Madison Memorial High School, Madison, Wisconsin


The focus of this project was to provide secondary chemistry teachers with creative, inexpensive, hands-on, minds-on teaching materials to introduce materials science into the curriculum. Three teaching modules were developed around an existing kit, "Exploring the Nanoworld". The first module, "Memory Metals", explores some of the unique properties of Nitinol along with its applications. The second module, "X-ray Diffraction and Scanning Probe Microscopy," uses two techniques for demonstrating the existence of atoms and determining their relative positions. Finally, a module on "Light Emitting Diodes" (LEDs) shows students how trends in the periodic table can be used to design these versatile light sources. Each unit is aligned with the National Science Education Standards and is accompanied by curriculum suggestions, sample lesson plans, and unit assessments. Background information for the teacher and student is included, along with investigations, demonstrations, and laboratory experiments. All three of the modules have been field-tested; teacher and student evaluations of the modules have been positive.


High school science teachers are always in search of new and interesting ways to teach chemistry. The topics of solid-state chemistry and materials science provide engaging examples for the classroom, but

Ψ National Science Foundation GK-12 Teaching Fellow

Proceedings of the 2001 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference &Exposition Copyright © 2001, American Society for Engineering Education

Neubert, J., & Widstrand, C., & Swanson, C., & Ellis, A., & Pumper, A. (2001, June), Integrating Material Science Into The Standard Chemistry Curriculum Paper presented at 2001 Annual Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico. 10.18260/1-2--9416

ASEE holds the copyright on this document. It may be read by the public free of charge. Authors may archive their work on personal websites or in institutional repositories with the following citation: © 2001 American Society for Engineering Education. Other scholars may excerpt or quote from these materials with the same citation. When excerpting or quoting from Conference Proceedings, authors should, in addition to noting the ASEE copyright, list all the original authors and their institutions and name the host city of the conference. - Last updated April 1, 2015