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Learn Materials: Making an Introductory Online Materials Resource

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2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Tampa, Florida

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June 15, 2019

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June 15, 2019

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June 19, 2019

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Materials Division Technical Session 2

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Kaitlin Tyler Granta Education Division Orcid 16x16

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Kaitlin is currently an Education Fellow with the Granta Education Division. She received her PhD at the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign under Professor Paul Braun. Her research was split: focusing on manipulating eutectic material microstructures for optical applications and examining how engineering outreach programs influence participants' self-perceptions of engineering and self-confidence. Her interests lie in materials education and STEM outreach.

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Hannah Melia

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Learn Materials: Making an introductory, online materials resource

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This year, Granta plans to make a basic database of Materials, Processes and Products available online. The database, Learn Materials, which is open and free, has been designed with two educational purposes in mind: first as a resource for use in outreach activities in the K-12 space; and second as tool to support an Introduction to Materials course and encourage students to consider MS&E as choice of major. The planned database will include around 30 materials with 10 properties for each and with the ability to display the data in a visually engaging manner. It will be interactive and allow students to explore material properties in an easily accessible way. This paper outlines plans, database structures, content and associated resources for a website planned for release in June when a link to a prototype will be available to solicit feedback from the ASEE Materials community.

Tyler, K., & Melia, H. (2019, June), Learn Materials: Making an Introductory Online Materials Resource Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. 10.18260/1-2--33047

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